The precautionary principle and genetically modified food

The European court’s decision to rein in the application of the precautionary principle to national bans on GMOs shows the careful approach taken by the institution so feared by Brexiters

Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law, University College LondonThe Court of Justice of the European Union has recently given an important decision concerning the extent of the powers of EU member states to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops that have already been approved under EU law. The judgment reflects on the implications of the precautionary principle in this context.

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