Europe’s mixed bag genetically modified food rules

The European Union has implemented new rules related to the production, promotion and dissemination of genetically modified crops (GMOs). According to Reuters, the EU is preparing legislation that will not be able to block GMOs with health or environmental laws but, instead, can negotiate with companies and request they not market their products in their jurisdiction. GMOs can, however, be regulated via town ordinances and member states can set their own rules on growing GMOs as part of a recent decision made by the legislative body.

Neither GMO companies nor environmental groups are happy with the outcome. Environmentalists want GMOs either severely restricted or banned, while companies (like Monsanto) want to be free to grow them. The proposed EU legislation would allow GMOs to be regulated but only at the local level while allowing them to be cultivated in theory since the EU and its member states can’t ban them. Under the new scheme, states that are GMO-friendly could be in conflict with those that don’t.

As Reuters points out, Britain favors GMO’s while Spain and Portugal are primary growers but they are also cultivated by Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic. Other countries, like France and Germany, oppose them. If the bill passes, the battle against GMO’s will shift state-side since the EU would not be the legislative body to be lobbied. Environmentalist opposition to GMO foods is not grounded in any kind of scientific fact. Gang green opposes GMOs since they hate the idea of agriculture being scientifically altered.

Bio-technological foods have helped to increase our food supply which helps to extend our lives and, as a result, we can expire them to poor countries to feed people who are in poverty and can’t afford or do not have the resources to do so. Restrict the food supply and humans life spans drop drastically resulting in starvations and death. Zimbabwe gives the starkest example of what happens when you ban GMO foods.