The European Commission’s recent GM crop vote was unsuccessful, in that a sufficient majority vote wasn’t achieved during the voting process.
The vote was to authorise two GM maize types from Dow-Pioneer and Syngenta to be cultivated.
Most Member States voted against the authorisation but there was not a big enough majority for the EU to accept the decision.
Ireland, France, Austria, Denmark, and more voted against the use of BT11 and 1507, the technical crop names; however, the UK was in favour.
The two GM crops are designed to actually produce insecticide within the plant’s own matter. They’re also sturdy enough to withstand being sprayed by a strong Bayer herbicide called glufosinate.
This is the first time new crops that have been genetically modified were proposed for cultivation since the late 1990s.
After Member States’ failure to reach an acceptable majority, the EU Commission will now have to decide if another vote is necessary, or else they can simply reject the proposal.