Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
BRUSSELS

Monsanto to withdraw GMO approval requests from EU

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Brussels, July 18 - American agricultural industry
giant Monsanto is withdrawing all requests - save one - to the
European Union to authorize cultivation of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), European Commission sources said on Thursday.
Monsanto still hopes for approval of the MON819 strain of
corn.
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.
Italian farmers association 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.
Italian Agriculture Minister Nunzia De Girolamo's battle
against GMOs took a step forward last week after a decree
prohibiting the cultivation of MON810 corn in Italy was signed
on Friday.
The decree was co-signed by Health Minister Beatrice
Lorenzin and Environment Minister Andrea Orlando.
"Today's decree is only the first step, the most urgent,
of a series of further initiatives with which will define a new
framework for the cultivation of GMOs in our country," Girolamo
said at the time.

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