Northern Ireland, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Greece and Latvia have opted out of growing GM crops

download (3)European countries have announced that they are opting out of growing based on new rules by the . Italy and Austria are the latest countries to follow France, Germany, Scotland, Northern Island, Latvia and Greece in demanding an opt out and complete ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops.

“Austria has made use of the newly created EU opt-out rules for the authorization of genetically modified crops,” Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser stated on Wednesday. Austria’s geographical opt-out demand was delivered to the earlier this week.

The Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, Environment Minister, Gian Luca Galletti and Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin are preparing 8 letters (one for each variety) that will be received by the EU before October 3. Italy is requesting a complete out of from growing genetically modified crops.

German , Christian Schmidt, has informed German states in August with his intention to use a new European law, to ban the use of genetically modified.

Lithuanian , Virginija Baltraitienė, announced last week that the Baltic country has demanded an opt-out regarding the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Baltraitienė stated; “So far we are not ready. We have to choose whether to promote organic production, or allow . Our strategy is to increase the number of clean, high-quality products.”


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