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Polish president vetoes genetically modified seeds law

Poland's president Bronislaw Komorowski has vetoed a proposed law on GMO seeds, but also said that genetically modified crops were safe.

President Bronislaw Komorowski has vetoed the so-called “Seed Law” on GM crops, following a series of consultations with experts. Komorowski last week said the bill “legal junk,” affirming today that the act had become so messed up that it was incompatible with the law.
 
The bill, which appeared to open the gateway to GM crops in Poland, was prepared after a 2006 law banning such practices was referred to the EU Court of Justice for failing to comply with EU policy.
 
Nevertheless, at a press conference this morning at the Belvedere Palace, Komorowski insisted that he was not against GMO per se, but rather that the bill itself was “legal junk.”
 
The president had earlier stated that there is no scientific evidence to confirm that GMO practices are harmful to humans or the environment.
 
He voiced his hopes that a new bill, solely concerned with GMO, should be implemented after this October's elections.
 
Parliament would technically need a 3/5 majority to overturn the president's veto.

Dick Ziggers

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