Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Agriculture minister continues battle against GMOs

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Rome, July 4 - The Italian agriculture minister
said on Thursday that she will continue the "battle against
genetically modified organisms" (GMOs) being used in the country
and continue to push for their cultivation to be banned.
Speaking at a meeting of the agricultural organization
Coldiretti, Nunzia De Girolamo said that her approach to GMOs
was "ethical".
"I am looking at the market. Italy is known for quality,
authenticity and biodiversity. Our excellence is recognized for
that very reason," De Girolamo said.
"If we use GMOs for cultivation, what difference would
there be between a Chinese and Italian tomato?," the minister
said.
The GMO issue is particularly explosive in Italy.
As the second-largest producer of organic crops in Europe
and the fourth largest in the world, there is widespread fear of
the potential damage resulting from accidental GMO
contamination.
Coldiretti said in June that nearly eight out of 10, or
76%, of Italians were against GMOs - 14% more compared to a
survey from last year.
"Agricultural entrepreneurs say no and surveys show
opposition (to GMOs). If we start growing homogenous produce we
lose what makes us characteristic and will this greatly damage
our agricultural sector," De Girolamo said.

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