Greece & Latvia – No to GMOs
September 1, 2015
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Greece and Latvia have become the first European Union countries to execute their right to not grow genetically modified crops. An EU law gives individual countries the right to opt out by banning GMO crops even after they have been approved as safe by the European Commission.
In its formal response to Latvia, Monsanto said Latvia’s request “contradicts and undermines the scientific consensus on the safety of MON810 (GM corn).”
“We regret that some countries are deviating from a science-based approach to innovation in agriculture and have elected to prohibit the cultivation of a successful GM product on arbitrary political grounds,” Monsanto said in a statement.
And Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of GMO crops. According to Reuters, German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed the German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new “opt-out” rules to stop GMO crop cultivation.
The move follows pressure from five state governments for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of the current “patchwork” approach which leaves it up to German states to decide on a ban.
Under the new EU rules, countries have until 3 October 2015, to inform the Commission that they wish to opt out of GMO cultivation approvals.