The proposed new law would grant biotech companies, like Monsanto and Syngenta, unprecedented power. They would be given the legal right to decide whether a national ban should be allowed. If companies oppose bans, national governments would be forced to fall back on non-scientific legal grounds, opening the door to legal challenges.
The report 'Who Benefits from GM Crops?' reveals that in Europe, production of Monsanto’s GM maize, the only GM crop permitted in Europe, dropped in Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Over 90% of the European Union’s GM crop production is based in just one country, Spain. Globally GM crops are grown predominantly in USA, Brazil, Argentina and India.
Now the Vermont Senat decides, if it will approve the changes of the Senat. The law is supposed to enter into force in mid 2016. Vermont is the first US state that decided independently from neighbour states about GM labelling.
Lobby groups as US grocery manufactures are opposing any mandatory labelling of GM food.
The newswire Reuters quoted “Andrea Stander, a spokesperson for the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition, said they expect the biotech industry to sue in an attempt to stop enactment of the bill.”
The ban will enter into force as from November 2015. The resolution was tabled by the animal rights party (Partij voor de Dieren). Already in 2011 the Parliament called on the government to ban all non-agricultural use of glyphosate, so including its use by municipalities or rail maintenance. But the Dutch government created lots of loopholes. Now a ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides in garden centers is unavoidable. A huge victory!
The journal, stressing in its letter to Mr Séralini that there was no speak of fraud or unethical research. The decision was rather based on the fact that no firm conclusions could be drawn from the findings, something that was known all along. Normally, such grounds are never regarded sufficient to take such a drastic step. Normally only misbehaviour, redundant publications are listed as reasons to withdrawn publications in this journal.
About the Stop the Crop campaign
This website and film present some of the dangers of GM-crops, and call for people across Europe and beyond to take action to stop them. We need a future of food and farming that benefits people and planet, and not the pockets of big business. We need to stop GM-crops from spreading across Europe. You can sign up for updates and alerts opposite.