EuropaBio Statement: The Commission’s Proposals to Nationalise the Approval of GM crops for EU cultivation

16.07.2010

EuropaBio Statement: The Commission’s Proposals to Nationalise the Approval of GM crops for EU Cultivation

EuropaBio has taken note of the Commission’s proposed measures, announced on Tuesday 13 July, to devolve the responsibility and decision making on whether or not to cultivate GM crops, to Member States. Industry is deeply concerned that these measures will disable rather than enable those that wish to grow safe, beneficial and rigorously scientifically tested GM crops within the EU.  As a result, we feel that in its current form, the proposal will be deeply damaging for the future choice of farmers and consumers as well as for responsible European innovation, conservation of our natural resources and for the environment as a whole.
 
The proposal advocates non-science, ideologically-based decision making and proposes that this is backed up by measures that could be disproportionate and discriminatory.  We believe this will ultimately deny farmers the right to choose to grow the products and use the technologies that work best for them and their environments.