European nations back new rules for snubbing GM crops
Under the proposal, member states could opt out before or after cultivation approval is granted. After approval, they could ban a GM crop from their land for national planning or socioeconomic reasons, for example. Businesses are concerned that this will set a "very bad precedent," says Beat Späth, director for agricultural biotechnology at the industry association EuropaBio in Brussels. "It's quite worrying to our industry that products can now be banned based on soft, unpredictable reasons."