EU: Bayer biotech soybeans approved for import
The European Union has authorised imports of a
genetically modified soybean type for sale across its 27 national markets for
the next 10 years, the European Commission has announced.
The soybean, marketed by Bayer under codename A2704-12, will be imported
into EU markets either as whole soybeans, oil or meal, and then processed by
European companies for use in food and animal feed. The soybean which is
developed to resist glufosinate herbicides, is not intended to be grown in
Europe's livestock and feed
manufacturing industries are heavily dependant on imported soy products --
beans, meal -- as a source of protein-rich and high-quality feed.
EU law allows for rubberstamp GMO authorisations when ministers cannot
agree after a certain time. Since 2004, the Brussels-based European Commission
has approved a string of GM products, nearly all maize, in this way, outraging
While the EU has now approved a string of GM products by default
rubberstamp, it does not yet allow the presence of any other GMO on EU
territory, even in tiny amounts, until the EU approval for that specific GM
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