Greece and Latvia Accused Of Ignoring Science by Monsanto!
They may be ignoring science but it seems that they are taking a stand for something else. Perhaps they don’t believe the science that comes from a company steeped in a tradition of death.
Or perhaps they don’t want to ruin the bio-diversity of the crops they currently plant. Maybe, like Germany and others, they just don’t believe in putting a patent on a living entity capable of passing it’s genes on to other entities that are not modified.
It will be interesting to see how many other EU countries follow Greece and Latvia’s example.
See the excerpt from Reuters.com below and comment on Facebook!
By Barbara LewisBRUSSELS, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia’s and Greece’s requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.
Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application.
GM crops are widely-grown in the Americas and Asia, but Monsanto’s pest-resistant MON810 is the only variety grown in Europe, where opposition is fierce.
France and Germany have said they are opposed to GM cultivation, and while Britain is in favour, the Scottish government is against.
The EU law has riled the GM industry and the United States, which wants Europe to open its doors fully to U.S. GM crops as part of a planned EU-U.S. free trade deal.
In a statement on Thursday, the European Commission confirmed that so far only Latvia and Greece had asked for opt-outs from Monsanto’s request to continue to grow MON810.
In its formal response to Latvia, seen by Reuters, Monsanto says Latvia’s request “contradicts and undermines the scientific consensus on the safety of MON810”.
GM in Europe is a small fraction of Monsanto’s activity and Monsanto said in an emailed statement that these opt-outs would have no impact on its business.
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