Germany is expected to move forward with a previously-announced policy to ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) in the country, official documents seen by Reuters reveal.
German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt is expected to tell the European Union that Germany will use the right to opt out of the cultivation of GMO crops despite being recently approved as “safe” by the European Commission, Reuters found.
"Germany has committed a true act of food democracy by listening to the majority of its citizens that oppose GMO cultivation and support more sustainable, resilient organic food production that doesn’t perpetuate the overuse of toxic herbicides," Lisa Archer, food and technology director at environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth, told Common Dreams.
In March, the EU approved the importation of 19 GMOs but has given countries the individual right to opt out. EU members have until Oct. 3 to inform the Commission whether they want to adopt GMO crops.
Germany now follows Scotland in banning GMO crops, which announced its policy on Aug. 9.
"We are hopeful that more members of the EU will follow suit and that the U.S. Congress will protect our basic right to know what we are feeding our families by requiring mandatory GMO labeling," Archer added.