A campaign was launched by environment commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou yesterday to declare Cyprus as a country free from genetically modified organisms (GMO), as Cyprus Mail reports today. Some believe GMOs are extremely harmful to animals, plants and ecosystems. Genetically modified food is also thought by environmentalists in particular to be harmful to humans, causing cancer, infertility and tumours. The reasons why Cyprus should be a GMO-free zone have been set out in a joint declaration compiled by Panayiotou and 18 organisations working towards the same goal. “Cyprus, as an island has great potential to pursue alternative forms or rural developments such as, organic and holiday farming. These will have environmental, cultural and economical benefits,” the declaration states. Once GMOs have contaminated local crops there is no way back and no solutions, it adds.
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