from NaturalSociety Website
New Unprecedented Law
Allows EU to Ban GMO
GMO bans in the European Union haven't been the easiest thing to figure out.
But recently, the European Parliament voted on a proposal which essentially gives member states or regions more power to refuse GMOs. This brings real rights for countries to ban GMOs a step closer. What's more, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted against giving biotech companies any pull when it came to GMO crop bans.
The Parliament's environment committee vote was to amend a previously agreed upon position by ministers, one which had some major 'legal holes.'
The thing is, these bans have to be heavily justified. That is to say, no must mean no. Countries wanting to opt out of GM authorizations will need a tight legal framework set in place
Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
One major reason for celebrating the new decision is that GMO bans can be made due to environmental concerns.
And we know that GMOs cause some major issues with the environment, from toxic runoff into the water, to superweeds, to GMO crops contaminating organic crops.
And these pesticides are doing more than creating superweeds; they are also partly responsible for the death of insects such as bees and butterflies.
As far as contaminating organic crops go, a third of organic growers are now reporting problems with cross contamination, with more than 80% of farmers who participated in one survey being 'concerned' about the impact of genetic seeds.
I can't see how any ban would be not go through if environmental concerns were considered.
Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director said,