Objections to herbicide-resistant GM carnation and maize authorisations 

The EU Commission should withdraw its plan to authorise the importation and use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) carnations and maize, say two non-binding resolutions to be voted on Wednesday. Authorising GM carnations would encourage the worldwide use of a diabetes medicine as a herbicide, while the GM maize is resistant to glyphosate, which is classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the text says.

MEPs also point out that since the current GM authorisation process came into force, every GM authorisation decision has been taken by the Commission without the support of a qualified majority of EU member states. In effect, this turns what should be the exception into the norm.



A separate draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by Parliament in October 2015. MEPs are concerned that this law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries. They called on the Commission to table a new proposal.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Procedure Code: 2016/2683(RSP)) (GM carnation)

2016/2682(RSP) (GM maize)

Vote: Wednesday, 8 June

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