Italian ministers of Agriculture, Public Health and Environment have finally signed a joint decree banning the cultivation of the genetically modified maize MON810. This is the result of a broad rejection to GM crops among public opinion and institutions all around the country. Italy is the eighth European country to approve a MON810 ban.
On 11 July representatives of national governments will decide if the EU authorise imports of complex GM crops, called smartstax. That means that a Monsanto maize that produces 6 different toxins and resists herbicides glyphosate and glufosinate can enter our food chain.
EU Must Reject Monsanto’s herbicide resistant GM Crops - New briefing from GM Freeze and Pesticide Action Network UK
The organisations sound a clear warning that a complex arsenal of herbicides would also be needed in the EU to delay weed resistance if any of the 14 herbicide resistant crops in the EU authorisation pipeline are ever approved – raising serious concerns about the overall impact on health and the environment caused by herbicide resistant crops.
University of Canterbury researchers have found that the biotechnologies used in north American staple crop production are lowering yields and increasing pesticide use compared to western Europe.
A conspicuous difference is the adoption of genetically modified/engineered (GM) seed in North America, and the use of non-GM seed in Europe.
"We found that the combination of non-GM seed and management practices used by western Europe is increasing corn yields faster than the use of the GM-led packages chosen by the US."
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