Keep GMOs out of Europe's fields and plates

by | 30 Sep 2021
The Greens in the European Parliament are launching a sign-on campaign to stop the European Commission from allowing specific GMOs onto fields and plate in the EU. Below they explain. If you are from the EU, you can sign-on here.

Keep GMOs out of our fields and off our plates

Tell the European Commission it must apply the EU’s GMO regulations to all GMOs, and stop trying to sneak GM food onto our fields and plates untested and unlabelled.

Big agricultural corporations want to use new genetic engineering techniques to force GM food onto our fields and dinner plates without us knowing. They claim these new techniques do not produce genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and should be left out of our European GMO regulations.

But in reality, seeds produced with new GM techniques like CRISPR/Cas are fundamentally different from non-GM seeds. They are potentially unsafe for the environment and our health, and have no place in nature-friendly farming.

The EU’s highest court has ruled that the EU’s GMO regulations must be applied to organisms engineered with new GM techniques, for the sake of our environment and our health. Under EU regulations, GM organisms must undergo a strict safety evaluation, be labelled as GM, and be traceable throughout the supply chain.

Yet now the European Commission wants to change the law to exclude some GMOs from the EU’s GMO regulations.

This would mean that farmers, food producers, retailers and consumers can no longer reject GM products and opt for GM-free choices.

As a first step, the European Commission is asking people to comment on these plans. We have made it easy for you - just fill in the form and we will make sure your comment ends up on the desk of the European Commission.

Instead of weakening the EU’s GMO law, the European Commission must fix its weaknesses in the areas of risk assessment and labelling of GM food.

Martin Häusling, Benoit Biteau, Eleonora Evi, Tilly Metz, Michèle Rivasi, Thomas Waitz, Sarah Wiener
Members of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA
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