Petition: Keep New GM Food strictly regulated and labelled!

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The European Commission opened the debate again on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with its recent public consultation on a potential new legal framework for new GMOs excluding them from the current approval processes and risks assessments. Sign our petition to call on EU decision makers to maintain safety checks, transparency and labelling for all GMOs on the market!

Why is this important?

Big chemical and seed corporations want to push new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on the market, forcing genetically modified food onto our fields and plates without us knowing about it.

These companies have been lobbying the European Commission for years to exclude new GMOs from the European GMO regulation, making unsubstantiated claims on the supposed benefits for sustainability, pesticide reduction and climate. But as they also hold patents on the seeds engineered with these techniques, their true motivation remains to increase their profits. Such an industry takeover of seeds would seriously threaten farmers’ seed autonomy and agricultural biodiversity as a whole.

Now the European Commission plans to exclude new GMOs, which they call new genomic techniques (NGTs), from the approval processes of the existing EU GMO legislation. Under the current rules, old and new GMOs are subjected to EU authorisation, which ensures risk assessment for human health and the environment, transparency for producers and farmers, and clear labelling for consumers. Excluding new GMOs would prevent farmers, food producers, retailers, and citizens from opting for GM-free choices. We have the right to decide what we eat and grow in our fields!

Background information

A coalition of more than 50 organisations in 17 different countries across the EU runs and supports this petition. On this page the petition counter shows how many signatures have been collected in total through our different partner organisations. You can sign and share the petition until November 20th, 2022.

If you want to know more about new GMOs – what they are and the risks and threats they represent – please have a look at our latest leaflet. For more detailed information, you can read our position paper.

Contact: Clara Behr, Head of Policy and Public Relations

Brussels, 05.04.2022

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