Why Europe will let member states opt out of GM crops

Why Europe will let member states opt out of GM crops

November 30, 2015 6.03am EST

In the US, farmers have been cultivating crops with genetically engineered traits since the 1990s and their use – and consumption – is widespread.

That’s not the case in Europe. In fact, a directive passed by the European Parliament in April 2015 gave Member States (MS) freedom to decide for themselves whether or not to cultivate GMOs in their territory.

Under the new directive, by October over half of the European countries have now opted out of GM crop cultivation.

But what exactly have they opted out of, and why? Read more.