94 associations call for strict regulation of GMOs

- In a joint position paper, a broad alliance of 94 NGOs from environmental protection, animal welfare, nature conservation, development policy, churches, consumer protection, agriculture, breeding and the food industry has called on the German government to continue to regulate and label all current and future genetic engineering methods and their products as GMOs.d zu kennzeichnen.


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.

BÖLW: Background, Original paper, all Signatories (German)

Global 2000 (Austria): Neue Gentechnik gehört reguliert