The new annual industry- sponsored report from Friends of the Earth International revealed that cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops across Europe continues to decline – with an increasing number of national bans, and decreasing numbers of hectares dedicated to GMOs.
The report, ‘Who Benefits from GM Crops?’ revealed that less than 0.06 per cent of European fields are planted with GM crops – a decline of 23 per cent since 2008.
According to the report, seven member states uphold bans on Monsanto’s GM maize due to growing evidence of its negative environmental impacts. Three countries have banned BASFs GM potato due to health concerns, immediately after its authorisation in spring 2010, and for the first time five member states have sued the European Commission over the authorisation of a GM crop. Public opposition to GM food and feed has increased to 61 per cent Europe wide.
Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: “The widespread opposition to genetically modified crops and foods in Europe continues to rise because consumers and farmers can see that they offer no added value and only additional environmental and health risks.
GM crops will hinder not help our challenge of ensuring we can feed our global population with safe and healthy food.”
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