The genetically modified Amflora potato

09-03-2010

After a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including favourable scientific opinions, the European Commission (EC) approved cultivation of the Amflora starch potato on 2 March 2010. This is the first genetically modified (GM) crop which has been authorised in the EU in 12 years. This GM potato is not intended or authorised as food, but for the production of starch for industrial applications. Its by-products, however, may be used as feed. According to the EC, it will optimise the production process and allow savings on raw materials, energy, water and oil-based chemicals. The EC authorisation to cultivate Amflora prompted strong reactions in many Member States and in the EP. BASF, the company which sought authorisation, is planning to plant several hundred hectares of this potato in Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the Netherlands. It also plans to seek authorisation of two more genetically modified potatoes.

After a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including favourable scientific opinions, the European Commission (EC) approved cultivation of the Amflora starch potato on 2 March 2010. This is the first genetically modified (GM) crop which has been authorised in the EU in 12 years. This GM potato is not intended or authorised as food, but for the production of starch for industrial applications. Its by-products, however, may be used as feed. According to the EC, it will optimise the production process and allow savings on raw materials, energy, water and oil-based chemicals. The EC authorisation to cultivate Amflora prompted strong reactions in many Member States and in the EP. BASF, the company which sought authorisation, is planning to plant several hundred hectares of this potato in Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the Netherlands. It also plans to seek authorisation of two more genetically modified potatoes.