GMO import bans would cost Europe dearly.

EuropaBio’s cartoon on EU policy-making.

In 2015, frustrated by EU Member States’ systematic refusal to approve imports of new GM food and feed traits for the Union as a whole, the EU Commission proposed that individual EU Member States be allowed to ban imports of EU-approved GMOs on their territory. The Commission then resisted demands for an impact assessment of the legislation. However, one year later there is a significant body of evidence quantifying the economic damage that such bans would cause to European farmers and consumers.

GMO import bans would be unnecessarily costly and pointless, increasing the price of feed and food in the EU, and hurting farmers from Member States all across the EU. See our latest factsheet on the subject, and decide for yourself!