Austria and Italy Ask for EU Opt-Out from Growing Genetically Modified Maize

GMOItalyAustria.jpg

While Northern Ireland just announced its complete ban of GMOs, Austria's health minister along with many Italian Ministries have decided to use the newly created EU rules allowing a country to opt-out of growing GMO crops to the countries' advantage.

Both Austria and Italy have chose to op-out from growing eight varieties of genetically modified maize therefore, instilling a full ban on GM crops. 

It was confirmed that Austria's opt-out demand was delivered to the European Commission earlier this week, while the EU will receive Italy's request by Oct. 3, according to the website Sustainable Pulse.

The new EU opt-out regulations, which were passed earlier in 2015, allow individual member states to make their own decision on whether or not to grow GMO crops. As many countries have recently announced they will take advantage of these new rules, Italy and Austria will now join Northern Ireland, Lithuania, France, Greece, Latvia, Germany and Scotland in asking for an opt-out from growing GM crops. 

Will all of the EU soon become GMO-Free?


Showing 6 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

Leaderboard

1
+363sc earned social capital
2
+139sc earned social capital
3
+136sc earned social capital
4
+114sc earned social capital
5
+112sc earned social capital
6
+109sc earned social capital
7
+108sc earned social capital
8
+98sc earned social capital
9
+94sc earned social capital
10
+90sc earned social capital
11
+89sc earned social capital
12
+84sc earned social capital
13
+82sc earned social capital
14
+80sc earned social capital
15
+78sc earned social capital
16
+76sc earned social capital
17
+73sc earned social capital
18
+72sc earned social capital
19
+72sc earned social capital
20
+72sc earned social capital