Raise your voice for a GMO-free agriculture

Give your feedback to the European Commission’s consultation on new GMOs!

With the publication of its working document on “new genomic techniques”, the European Commission has opened the debate again on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To put an end to any potential deregulation of GMOs and stop them from coming on our fields and plates, address the Commission with our message proposal! Find more information below the form.
Please note: everyone can sign – also non-EU citizens, then please choose “other”.
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Together we make a difference!

I am asking you to implement the current GMO regulation for both ‘old’ and ‘new’ GMOs. All GMOs must be subject to risk assessment, traceability, and GMO labelling. Any weakening of the current regulations would jeopardise our health and the environment. The precautionary principle must be applied in accordance with the EU Court of Justice ruling. The risks and threats of these new technologies are too important to put our future at stake. As farmer, consumer, retailer, or processor we have the right to know where GMOs are. Without traceability and GMO labelling it is not possible to ensure GMO-free supply chains and enable informed choices for all actors. If GMOs are no longer subject to traceability and labelling requirements, the organic and biodynamic food supply chain will be at risk. We need to know where GMOs are and make sure GMOs do not contaminate our harvests and products. That is why any move to deregulate GMOs is a direct threat to the EU’s target of reaching a share of 25% organic farming on the EU’s farmland. Organic and biodynamic farming show that sustainable solutions exist to tackle the challenges linked to climate change. Instead of promoting GMOs, we should focus on already existing solutions and support them further. Thank you for taking my views into consideration.

Rise of new GMOs

So far, all GMOs fall under the scope of the EU’s GMO legislation of 2001 – if they are not the result of GM techniques that have a “long history of safe use”. This means that they are subject to EU authorization, to risk assessment, GMO labelling and traceability. But with the development in the last years of the new genetic modification techniques such as TALENs, zinc ­finger nuclease and CRISPR/Cas9, the status of these techniques is being questioned.  Seed producers like Bayer/Monsanto and Corteva claim that seeds engineered by these techniques are not GMOs and should not fall under the EU’s GMO regulations presenting them as a solution in the current climate debate.

Unchanged risks

Although the new generation of GM techniques is often presented as more precise and safer, risks and threats remain the same. Many of the laboratory processes used remain the same, resulting in unforeseeable and unintended changes in the genome. In addition, the “gene scissors” themselves also lead to unintended changes, with unknown consequences for human health and ecosystems.

Organic and biodynamic farming under threat

For these reasons, the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International has always excluded any use of GMOs, using old or new techniques, as it is not in accordance with the principles of biodynamic farming. The current EU labelling and traceability system is what ensures the production of GMO-free food and is therefore essential for organic and biodynamic farming. Any changes to the current regulation would put under threat the biodynamic certification process and more generally the production of GM-free food.

We believe that, to fight against climate change, new GM techniques are not the solution. Technological fixes will not be sufficient to build a sustainable future. A fundamental change in our farming systems is needed. Organic and biodynamic farming show that farming can be done in a way that preserves the environment and our health.

No deregulation

Unfortunately, the European Commission announced that it wants to exclude certain GM plants from the EU’s GMO regulations.

The European Commission has launched a short public consultation on its plans. As Biodynamic Federation Demeter International we are using this opportunity to oppose any weakening of the current GMO regulations. We are asking the Commission to implement the landmark ruling of the European Court of Justice of July 2018, by which new GMOs need to be regulated under the EU’s GMO regulations to protect public health and the environment, and to respect the EU’s precautionary principle.

This consultation is our chance to call on the European Commission to apply the current GMO regulations to all GMOs and to respect the precautionary principle.

Only 4 weeks to act

It is now up to us to raise our voices for a GMO-free agriculture! The consultation is open until October 22, 2021.

Please note that the consultation is accessible in all EU languages and that your contribution will be published on the Commission’s webpage.

For more information about new GMOs, please have a look at our position paper.

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