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Letter - Peer-reviewed, 2019

Implementing an EU opt-in mechanism for GM crop cultivation

Eriksson, Dennis; Sagi, Laszlo; Schiemann, Joachim; Twardowski, Tomasz; Vanek, Tomas; de Andrade, Eugenia; Bohanec, Borut; Chatzopoulou, Sevasti; Defez, Roberto; Eriksson, Nelida Leiva; van der Meer, Piet; van der Meulen, Bernd; Ritala, Anneli


The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU remains a highly polemic issue. The only GM crop event that is currently authorised is the insect‐resistant maize “MON810”. The GM potato variety “Amflora” with improved tuber starch composition was approved for cultivation in 2010, but later withdrawn. One of the main reasons that not more GM crops are authorised for cultivation is a regulatory gridlock with a recurring inability to reach a qualified majority in the designated committee for either approval or rejection.


GMO; GM crops; EU; regulations; legislation

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EMBO Reports
2019, Volume: 20, number: 5, article number: e48036

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    Law (excluding Law and Society)
    Agricultural Science

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