Twelve of the 28 European Union member nations voted Jan. 27 to reject the release approval of a proposed GMO corn trait, Mon810 from Monsanto. Ten voted in favor, and six abstained from voting.
This vote is a strong signal that the majority of voting states oppose further introductions of GMO crops in the European Union. It leaves the EU’s administrative body for this issue — the European Commission — with a challenge making it harder for rule makers to grant final approval.
It’s highly significant that Germany’s representatives to the European Parliament abstained from the vote. Germany wields immense power in the legislative body. For an overview of the EU’s parliament structure, here’s a link.
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