Juncker’s proposal on GMO approval process jeopardises organics’ integrity
Before being appointed Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker promised to make the EU approval system for GMOs more democratic.
Today, 22 April, the European Commission officially announced that its approach to Juncker’s pledge is a single measure that would grant Member States the possibility to ban imports of GM food and feed, following the same approach for GMOs for cultivation, also known as the ‘opt-out’ proposal.
IFOAM EU believes this does not fulfil Juncker’s pledge. The attempt to shift the responsibility for the authorisation of GM crops from the European to the national level will not prevent the Commission from authorising GM crops because the voting system to approve these will not change. If there is no majority to approve a GMO application the Commission should withdraw its proposal to authorize the GMO and instead propose a decision not to allow the GMO in question on the European market.
IFOAM EU believes that every new GM crop authorisation threatens the ability to keep GMOs out of the organic and GM-free supply chain due to an increased risk of contamination. Contamination jeopardises the capacity of the organic sector - the European food market's top performer, both in terms of growth and environmental benefits - to provide the GM-free food European consumers want.
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory – 22 April 2015
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