As far as countries go, those in Europe seem to have a completely different viewpoint on GMOs entirely: the crops are seen as completely unnatural and the complete opposite of “conventional,” in total contrast to what’s happening here in the United States.
Monsanto has tried but failed to penetrate these countries by all means necessary, and now the battle to conquer Europe through GMOs and toxic chemicals is pretty much over except for the formalities, as nearly 19 countries announced some form of ban on the cultivation of GMOs in October 2015.
Northern Ireland was one of those 19 countries to “opt-out” of the GMO experiment back then, but now the southern part of the country has followed suit, making it official: Ireland is now a GMO Free zone for the foreseeable future.
Ireland Bans Cultivation of GMOs for Good
Seeking to put a stamp on its reputation as a “green, sustainable food producer,” the country of Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has officially secured Cabinet approval to enable the country to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ireland, a report from AgriLand, Ireland’s “largest farming news portal,” stated.
“This is a very significant development; I believe it is critically important that Ireland takes whatever steps are necessary to maintain our GMO cultivation-free status, which is a key element of our international reputation as a green, sustainable food producer,” Naughten said.
Previously, member states were allowed to grow some GMO crops wherever specific projects were approved by the European Food Safety Authority.
The directive applies only to the cultivation of so-called “live” GMOs, the minister added, and has no implications for other areas of the economy where GMOs are present including in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, as well as some animal feed.
While many nations in Europe ban GMO growth because of the environmental and cross-contamination risks that come with them, they also allow their importation for animal feed and in packaged products, despite protests against the former.
Monsanto and other biotech companies have been attempting to find a “backdoor” into Europe through Ukraine, some have warned, where large amounts of animal feed comes from and the country has been referred to as a “breadbasket” of Europe. But these efforts have been largely unsuccessful so far and are still in the early stages.
For the future as we know it, Europe appears mostly safe from GMOs, although there is still much work to do.
The minister added that the biotechnology sector is still changing and growing every day and that the action is seen as an “enabling, rather than a compulsory, directive.”
“Whilst it is my intention to apply the opt-out provision, I propose to keep the matter of Ireland’s GMO cultivation policy under review in consultation with my colleagues in Government and in light of scientific developments in this rapidly-evolving sector,” he said according to the article, which can be read in full here.