94 associations call for strict regulation of GMOs
In the run-up to the EU study on the regulation of new GMOs, expected on 29/30 April 2021, Florian Schöne, executive director of the environmental umbrella organisation Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), comments: "There is a lot at stake. If new GMOs are not regulated as it has been so far, the freedom to produce and choose GM-free food is threatened. The overdue transformation to a sustainable, farm-based, organic agriculture would thus be massively endangered."
The organisations therefore demand that the precautionary principle remains in force for new GMOs and that freedom of choice and GMO-free food remains guaranteed through labelling and transparency, authorisation and traceability.
Regarding GMO-free food production, the paper states: "Organic and conventional farms have a right to GMO-free production. Organic farming and conventional agriculture and food production without genetic engineering are global growth and promising industries. They offer farmers secure markets and prospects for their farms. GMO-free breeding, seed production, farming, food production and trade depend on GMO labelling, transparency and traceability, as well as on the coexistence and accountability rules required by GMO law."
A similar call was recently made in Austria to the government there.