GREENS LEAD MEPs’ DEMAND FOR GM-FREE ZONES
LUCAS URGES EURO-MPs TO SUPPORT WRITTEN DECLARATION ON GMOs
INDIVIDUAL EU countries and regions will be able to declare themselves
GM-free zones if a motion before the European Parliament is adopted as EU
Caroline Lucas, South-East England’s Green Party MEP, is one of the motion’s
proposers. She said: “The clear majority of EU citizens are opposed to GM
foods, on their farms or their grocers’ shelves, and this motion would
simply give them the right to say no.”
A Written Declaration, Brussels’ equivalent of an Early Day Motion at the
House of Commons, has been tabled calling for every nation and region to
have the right to say no to GM, for the EU to ensure the bio-tech industry
is liable for all damage caused by GMOs to health, the environment or the
economy, and for a ban on patenting living organisms.
Dr Lucas said: “Study after study has shown that GM crops threaten the
health of people, animals and the environment.
“They threaten our biodiversity – which contributes much more to our
nutritional safety than any GM technology – and are deeply unpopular with
millions of EU citizens.
“This Written Declaration seeks to allow individual nations and regions the
right to completely prohibit the import, growing and sale of GMOs, and to
recognise the threat GM and patents on life pose for struggling farmers –
and, in turn, the entire conventional and organic sectors.”
The Written Declaration, will become the official position of the European
Parliament if is attracts the support of half its 732 members.
It has been proposed by Dr Lucas and a cross-party group of MEPs’ from
Poland, Greece and The Netherlands.
Dr Lucas added: “This Written Declaration depends on MEPs’ support – so I
urge anyone who wants to preserve conventional and organic agriculture in
the EU to call on their local MEPs’ to sign it before the deadline on June