On 22 May, the Environment Committee voted in favour of stricter rules to prevent the spread of genetically modified crops into fields with conventional and organic varieties.
The EU has argued it would need to put in place legislation to protect consumer choice, whose important pillar is the legislation on traceability and labelling of GMOs. The Environment Committee endorsed a position, which would mandate the labelling of all food and feed with more than 0.5 per cent of GMO content. If GMOs are authorised to be grown in Europe on a commercial scale, additional legislation would need to be passed to ensure that non-GM farmers are protected, which goes further than the Commission’s recommendation proposing voluntary guidelines on coexistence. The Committee rejected proposals, which would allow the presence of up to 0.5 of unauthorised GMOs in food and animal feed.