Mutant Appétit: E.U. Okays Genetically Modified Feed

Megan is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

The European Union has long been hesitant to embrace genetically modified (GM) crops. Out of concern for human health and the environment, officials have refrained from employing science for food needs.

On Tuesday, the European Union (EU) passed a vote that could begin a new approach.

The EU voted to allow traces of unapproved genetically modified material in animal feed imports. According to Reuters, "EU governments and lawmakers now have three months to either approve or reject the committee's decision, before the rules can be adopted by the EU executive as law."

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Factory farming is freaky enough without bringing in mutant genes. (eutrophication&hypoxia/Creative Commons)

Genetically modified crops can be damaging to the organic food industry if they mix with organic crops and contaminate them. (To learn why that's a problem, check out this article at Civil Eats.)

If Europe does open its borders to genetically engineered food, at least it requires mutant feed to be labeled as such. Can't say the same for the U.S.

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Photo: eutrophication&hypoxia/Creative Commons via Flickr


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