As part of the new allowances indicated in legislation that recently passed for EU countries, Latvia and Greece have opted out of GMOs, just like Germany and Scotland have.
Scotland’s secretary of rural affairs, Richard Lochhead announced a ban on growing genetically modified crops earlier in August.
He said that Scotland was known around the world for its “beautiful natural environment” and banning the growing of genetically modified crops would protect and further enhance its “clean, green status”.
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Germany followed with an announced last week stating their intentions to ban the use of GM crops.
Natural Society reports: The geographical opt-outs specifically target Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize, which countries may choose to grow or refuse in the next several months. This is currently the only genetically modified crop allowed to be grown within the EU at present – but only when countries give specific permission.
As Sustainable Pulse explains, “while the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application i.e. Monsanto for MON810.”
If additional member states deny Monsanto, we can be assured that the biotech company will try to find other ways to force their GM crops on the world (e.g. the Trans Pacific Trade partnership) but as we collectively say NO, upholding bans, and demanding labeling, we will rid this planet of the plague that is genetically modified food.