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European food sector relies on GMO- free seed

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European Commission President José Manuel Barroso‘s initiative to “combine a Community authorisation system, with freedom for member states to decide whether or not they wish to cultivate GM crops on their territory” can be a success only if it guarantees the freedom of choice to grow and produce GMO-free food and feed for farmers and processors all over Europe. And this choice starts with seed, IFOAM EU Group reports. The quality of seed is of high importance for the whole food sector. Moreover seed is traded across national borders, so a national ban to grow GMOs alone cannot be sufficient to protect the GMO-free food chain.
 
Within the EU, the option of establishing labelling thresholds for the adventitious presence (AP) of GE organisms in conventional and organic seed has been under discussion for several years. The level of the labelling threshold will have profound impacts on the future of farming with respect to the possibility of co-existence and consumer choice. Coexistence costs for farmers and the entire food chain will be influenced by the level of seed purity. To contribute to the discussion and to highlight the economic consequences different labelling thresholds for seed would have, the IFOAM EU Group and Corinne Lepage, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, invite to the launch of the study: “Economic impacts of labelling thresholds for the adventitious presence of genetically engineered organisms in conventional and organic seed” at the European Parliament on April 26, 2010 . In order to ensure access to the European Parliament, registration with name, address and date of birth is required before 19 April.

IFOAM EU Group

 


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