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Odobrenja za GMO: 'Komisija buldožerom probija genetski modificirani kukuruz unatoč zabrinutosti'

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Europska komisija danas je (6. Studeni) predložila odobrenje uzgoja nove sorte genetski modificiranog kukuruza (1507, koji se prodaje kao Herculex izvan EU) u EU-u, a koji bi prvi GM kukuruz bio odobren u 15 godina. Zeleni su izazvali veliku zabrinutost zbog predložene autorizacije ove kulture, koja je genetski modificirana kako bi se stvorili toksini za pesticide koji ciljaju molje i leptire i kako bi izdržao herbicid.

Commenting on the decision, Green MEP and vice chair of the EP’s agriculture committee José Bové said: “It is scandalous that the Commission is trying to bulldoze through the authorisation of this GM maize crop in spite of the massive opposition of EU citizens, as well as member state governments, to GMOs. The risks of this maize have not been properly assessed, with major gaps in safety testing. The Commission is ignoring very real concerns about the harmful impacts of GM maize 1507 on butterflies, which are essential pollinators, as well as the risks of cross-contamination of conventional and organic crops. The Commission should be heeding the concerns of EU consumers, farmers and civil society instead of aggressively pushing the agenda of biotech corporations to foist GMOs onto the EU market and into our fields. EU environment ministers should naturally reject this proposal when they consider it.” (1)

Commenting on the wider implications for GMO authorisations in Europe, Green food safety and environment spokesperson Bart Staes said: “Today’s proposals to force through this GM maize should renew concerns about the dogged and ideology-driven pro-GMO agenda of the Commission in the context of the on-going debate on the EU’s GMO authorisation process. Five years ago, environment ministers called on the Commission to reform the EU’s GMO authorisation process to take account of the consistently negative decisions in the EU’s Council of Ministers on GMO approvals. The partial renationalisation of competences on GM cultivation, subsequently proposed by the Commission but stalled in the legislative process, must not be a trick to allow the Commission to force through swifter and easier EU level authorisations. This would be at total odds with public will. Any new approval procedure should not be a tool for the Commission to bully EU member states into accepting authorisations for GM crops for which legitimate concerns clearly exist.”

(1) Komisija je danas (6 studeni) predložila odobrenje GM kukuruza 1507. To će se sada proslijediti Vijeću kako bi države članice EU-a odlučile. Ako se Vijeće ne donese, trenutna pravila EU omogućuju Komisiji da napreduje s tim odobrenjem. Komisija je također pokrenula početne postupke za tri druga proizvoda koji sadrže genetski modificiranu kukuruz.

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