The researchers, from Germany, collected data and monitored over a 10-year period how far maize pollen can travel. Currently, European Food Safety Authority suggests buffer distances of 20 to 30 metres between GM maize and protected nature sites. The new research finds that maize pollen in fact travels up to several kilometres. To protect sensitive species, such as butterflies and moths, from the insecticide-containing GM pollen, the buffer distances need to be in the “kilometre range”, according to the study.
The European Parliament today voted to grant national governments new powers to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territories. Today's decision by the European Parliament for the first time allows governments to ban entire categories of GM crops. Several groups criticised the flaws of this law. Especially about the formal role of biotech companies in the political decision of national governments to ban GM crops.
This verdict emphasised the absurdity of persecuting people who defend social and environmental causes by participating in an action of non-violent civil disobedience for forming a criminal gang. According to the Field Liberation Movement and all their supporters this action was necessary to denounce the undemocratic nature of decisions around GMOs. Indeed, the field trial itself was judged illegal in a Belgian court (but was nevertheless allowed to continue). The Belgian Green Party is now proposing a new bill that aims to make it impossible to sue protesters as criminal organizations.
The environment committee of the European Parliament voted to support stronger legal grounds for national governments to impose bans on the cultivation of GM crops on their territory. Importantly, MEPs also voted against giving biotech companies a role in decision-making about GM crop bans.
Friends of the Earth Europe had warned that a weak 'poisoned chalice' agreement could give unprecedented power to biotech companies.
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