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.
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