Germany follows Scotland's example with move to ban all GM crops and opt out of EU approvals.
Germany has reportedly begun taking steps towards banning the use of all genetically modified crops.
New rules will allow individual member states to block farmers from using GM organisms, even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis.
Scotland became the first country to opt out of bloc-wide GM licence, a move it said was needed to preserve the country's “clean and green brand".
Germany’s agriculture minister has reportedly now said his country wants to follow suit. In a letter seen by the Reuters news agency, Christian Schmidt said Germany will persist with its previously-announced ban on all GM crops.