March 3, 2010
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The European Commission on Tuesday (2 March) approved the first genetically modified crop for cultivation in Europe in 12 years, provoking the ire of environmental groups and some member states and cheers from the biotech industry.
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The EU executive gave the green light to the growing of the Amflora potato, produced by Germany’s BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, alongside the entry onto the European market of three GM maize products.
Austria denounced the decision, declaring that Vienna would immediately ban the potato, while Italy’s agriculture minister warned that the commission had overstepped its authority.
“We will not allow the questioning of member states’ sovereignty on this matter,” he said.