In DepthBiotechnology

Europe's rifts over transgenic crops deepen at key deadline

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Science  02 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6256, pp. 18-19
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6256.18

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Greece's fiscal problems and a massive refugee crisis have laid bare deep rifts in the European Union (E.U.), leading to bitter policy disputes and the reappearance of border controls eliminated years ago. A quieter rift is deepening on the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops, which many Europeans reject. An E.U. directive that took force in April essentially allowed countries to bypass E.U.-wide, science-based authorizations for these crops and set their own rules. This week marks the deadline for countries to file their first plans to keep GM crops out—an exercise that has brought the fractures between pro- and anti-GM governments into full view.