E.U. passes new biotech laws

by Emily Wilson
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The European Union parliament has approved new laws for licensing bioengineered crops, ending a three-year moratorium on approving new bioengineered crops.

Under the laws, all new biotechnology-derived crops must be approved by a committee of experts from the 15 E.U. countries. However, six of the countries — France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Greece and Luxembourg — jointly said they would not vote to approve any new bioengineered products until all aspects of the rules, including the imposition of mandatory labeling, are in place.