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

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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?


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