(NaturalNews) A regulatory scheme that would have barred individual European nations from deciding for themselves whether or not to allow the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been rejected after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to scrap it.
The European Commission had passed a law prohibiting individual EU member nations from banning any GMOs that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had already declared to be safe. This was quickly met with resistance by European nations such as France, which lean more toward opposing biotechnology.
Citing concerns about GMO safety and crop contamination, these countries sought more autonomous control over the GMO approval process with less centralized decision making. And they ultimately secured this with support from the European Conservatives and Reformists political bloc, which amended the law to allow countries more individual control.