• European Parliament approves nonbinding resolution objecting to a genetically modified soybean
• EU imports of the soybean could encourage hazardous herbicide use, lawmakers say
• EU Court of Justice rules Italy wrongly adopted emergency measures to block Monsanto’s genetically modified corn
The European Union should stop importing Dow AgroSciences’ genetically modified soybean products because it encourages greater use of hazardous herbicides in non-EU countries, the European Parliament said Sept. 13.
Lawmakers voted 433-216 in favor of the nonbinding resolution to halt imports of food and feed derived from the Dow soybeans (DAS-68416-4).
The Parliament doesn’t have the authority to block the approval of the soybean—that power rests with regulatory committees of member states—but regularly adopts resolutions objecting to approved genetically modified crops on the grounds that the bloc’s system for authorizations is flawed and undemocratic.
The regulatory committees commonly deadlock on whether to go ahead with approvals because EU countries are divided on genetically modified crops. In such cases, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, adopts the authorizations if the European Food Safety Authority has found the genetically modified crops to be safe.
Regulatory committees of EU country representatives examined the bloc’s authorization of the Dow soybean, and the “file is now on the desk of the Commission for final EU import authorization,” Filip Cnudde, Dow’s EU government affairs and science policy leader, told Bloomberg BNA.
Dow “regrets” that the Parliament continues to adopt nonbinding resolutions “against biotech products,” even though the European Food Safety Authority has cleared the products’ safety, Cnudde said.