European Parliament Rejects Cultivation of GM Maize 1507

Posted on Jan 16 2014 - 2:30pm by Sustainable Pulse

In a vote on Thursday the European Parliament (EP) has rejected what would be the EU’s second approved GM crop for cultivation – GM Maize 1507.

The vote was a very emphatic political message to the biotech industry with 385 against the authorisation, 201 in favour, 30 abstentions.

This is however only the first step for full rejection of GM Maize 1507 in the EU with national governments starting to vote Friday inside the EC on the same issue.

Join the ‘Stop the Crop’ campaign against GM Maize 1507 here:

If the EC allows GM Maize 1507 it would be the first GM maize to be allowed for growing on the field in Europe since 1998.

Back then, it was Monsanto’s infamous Bt-maize (MON810), producing its own insecticides. This time 1507  is also a Bt-maize, made by Pioneer, but one that has in addition been made tolerant to a powerful weedkiller (glufosinate-based, like Liberty). This weedkiller is classified as highly toxic by the EU.

There are many problems with this GM maize. Since it produces its own insecticides, it could pose risks to butterflies and moths and there has been no research on its impacts to other beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators.

Contrary to EU rules, the required safety assessment linked to the use of the weedkiller has also not been done.

For more information about Pioneer’s maize 1507 read Friends of the Earth Europe’s background information here .

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  1. Frances Kawala January 16, 2014 at 20:01 - Reply

    . . ‘Contrary to EU rules, the required safety assessment linked to the use of the weedkiller has also not been done. . .’ so how could they expect it to be allowed? So glad to see there are some people out there who take the bee problem seriously.

  2. GMOsRnotNice January 16, 2014 at 22:52 - Reply

    Perhaps those Europeans in favor of this supremely unsuccessful technological GMO religion should consider the American Midwest.

    Have any of these GMO advocates ever been to the American Midwest?!

    Do you have an idea what is happening there?!

    • N. Kennedy January 17, 2014 at 12:42 - Reply

      since the media are doing such a poor job (or rewarded/threatened to do a poor job) in regard to reporting the situation in the American Mid-West, could you post links to sources of information please or describe what is going on there. I’m in Europe and not in favour of these patented and lucrative-for-a-minority technofixes but have to deal with those who are.

      • Bill January 21, 2014 at 03:05 - Reply

        Monsanto along with the food industry like PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Coca Cola, Kraft Foods and at least 50 others spend a lot of advertising dollars with these networks, so they have been advised to keep their mouths shut! I know what you mean though I live here in the Midwest also and it looks like an environmental disaster in the making.

  3. reina January 17, 2014 at 10:40 - Reply


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