March against GMOs and Monsanto
On the 24 April without the qualified majority of the Member States either for or against, the European Commission permitted import and marketing of 19 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the EU. The authorization took place before the reform proposal allowing Member States to ban GMOs on their respective territories had been finalized.
Although these GMOs will not be grown at the EU territory, some of them will be allowed in animal feed. It poses an issue on the product labeling level. Even if food allowed for human consumption containing GMOs must be clearly labelled, there’s no strictly fixed framework for monitoring food derived from animals fed with GMOs.
This decision leaves the door (ajar already by the permission for importing MON810 Monsanto maize) wide open for other GMOs authorizations. Unfortunately, it is again the pressure and the interests of the biotechnology industry, especially Monsanto, which lie behind this sad decision.
Citizens of 50 countries have decided to take the subject to the streets and organise huge demonstrations in over 200 cities on 23 May 2015. The one in Brussels takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and starts from Rue Neuve.
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