from TIME Website
want to prohibit
genetically modified crops.
Sixteen countries have alerted the European Union that they want to opt out of EU-approved GM crops.
Members of the economic bloc have until Oct. 3 to let the EU know if they were requesting to opt out of growing GMO produce from major companies like
...and according to the Food Navigator, a food trade publication, countries including,
...recently filed their requests and applications, increasing the number to 16.
Exactly how many countries will ultimately opt out could be confirmed as soon as Monday.
In August, Scotland publicly said it would prohibit GMO crops out of concern that they could damage the country's "clean and green" brand.
The Guardian reports that environmentalists have praised the news, while industry and biotech supporters have responded to opt-outs with "weary resignation."
The science community holds a variety of opinions on GMOs.
Some members, like Jonathan Foley, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences argue the problem with GMOs isn't necessary the technology, but the fact that they haven't lived up to their hype.
Genetically modified crops have not fully delivered on promises to drastically 'reduce' world hungry or significantly cut down on the need for pesticides.
In the U.S., GMOs have been in the food supply for around 20 years, and are regulated by federal groups including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).