Touch the Soil News #199
The controversy over GMO crops has brought division in the European Union. To settle the matter, EU nations were given the right to opt out of any previous EU laws and policies that allow GMO crops. So far, 15 EU nations, including the largest, have opted to ban the growing of GMO crops within their borders. In addition, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – of the United Kingdom – and the Wallonia region in Belgium have also formally notified the EU of their decision to opt out.
The 15 EU nation nations opting to ban GMO crops are Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Slovneia.
These nations represent 65 percent of the arable farmland in the EU and 65 percent of the EU population. The EU presently has a population of 508 million people, making the number of people living in nations opting to ban GMO crops at 330 million – the U.S. population is 321 million.
The battle over GMOs in the U.S. is heating up every year and particularly now. The State of Vermont faces a showdown for its law to require GMO labeling starting 7/1/2016. Vermont is in lawsuits with the most powerful food corporations. In addition, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation to nullify any attempts by Vermonters to have a right to know if its GMO.
The problem proponents of GMO foods have is that every victory they achieve comes at a growing cost of angering more citizens. The global resistance to a corporate controlled monopoly over seeds and food diversity – and in the process a powerful corporate control over the political process – is creating ever-growing public outrage.
The proliferation of anti-GMO posters, slogans, logos and photos is world-wide
The breakdown of EU consensus over the GMO issue led to the agreement to allow individual EU nations to ban GMO crops. This may be only the tip of the iceberg of the anti-GMO sentiment that is growing here in the U.S. and around the globe.
The anti-GMO sentiment is also being reflected in the marketplace. Demand for non-GMO foods is gaining traction around the world, creating incentives for non-GMO seeds. Following is a news video on that trend.