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E.U. to let wary members ban genetically modified crops

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Science  12 Dec 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6215, pp. 1280
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6215.1280

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Starting in 2015, individual E.U. countries may be able to ban genetically modified (GM) plants—even if the European Food Safety Authority has declared them safe for cultivation. The proposal to "renationalize" decisions on GM crops, stalled for years, took a decisive step forward on 3 December, when negotiators representing the European Parliament and national governments agreed on a joint version of the bill. Critics say the move undermines the entire concept of science-based risk assessments. But many member states welcome the plan, because it will allow them to follow the will of their citizens, who widely reject GM foods.

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