28 October 2015
MEPs have backed ECR MEP Julie Girling today in calling on the European Commission to think again over plans to let member states unilaterally ban animal feed made from genetically modified (GM) crops.
Mrs Girling has strongly criticised Commission proposals to give member states the freedom to restrict or prohibit the use of GM organisms in food or feed in their territory, even if EU scientists have deemed them to be safe.
After similar votes from the Environment and Agriculture Committees, the Parliament as a whole has formally voted to reject the Commission’s proposal.
However, the Commission has refused to withdraw its proposal which it believes is the best way to address disagreements among member states on the use of GMOs.
Mrs Girling said: “The Commission’s refusal to withdraw its proposal despite opposition from a huge majority of the Parliament flies in the face of its own Better Regulation agenda.
“The EU cannot produce enough protein feed for its livestock. We rely on imports of GM feed to maintain our livestock sector.
“The Commission’s proposal is dangerous as it pits politics against the agricultural sector. It side-lines science and the advice of the EU’s own advisory agencies.
“I still hope the Commission will eventually listen to the strong voice coming from the Parliament and scrap this plan which blasts a hole through the core principles of the single market.”
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