The European Union (EU) has approved the import and processing of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, after debates over the potential health risks of glyphosate delayed introduction of the genetically modified crops for months.
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July 25, 2016 – The Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have gone through a rigorous authorization protocol, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The GMO crops are now authorized to be used both in human and animal food, but not for planting in the European Union. The authorization is valid for a decade; however, “any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU’s strict labeling and traceability rules,” according to the European Commission.
“Today the Commission authorized three GMOs for food/feed uses (soybean MON 87708 x MON 89788, soybean MON 87705 x MON 89788 and soybean FG72), all of which have gone through a comprehensive authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by EFSA,” the commission said on Friday.
Although Roundup Ready soybeans are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba weed killers, use of dicamba on the crops has not yet been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The soybeans were approved earlier this year by a major Chinese importer. Monsanto is now planning on supplying 15 million U.S. soy acres to meet the export’s needs.
The new crops make up what the company has called the ‘Roundup Ready Xtend crop system,’ designed to kill superweeds that have adapted to tolerate glyphosate-based herbicides.
EPA approved Dicamba in 1967, and the chemical has since been linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects in the families of food growers. Consumer, health and environmental advocates have fiercely opposed Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend crop system over health and environmental concerns.
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