GMO ban law up for vote in country of Georgia

| | February 18, 2014
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Living genetically modified organisms will not be freely imported to Georgia and will only be permitted entry if planted in an enclosed area with an appropriate license. These changes are spelled out in the draft Law on Living Genetically Modified Organisms initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The draft law does not include GMOs-sale related issues in the market or regulations.

“The scientific community still argues with each other about whether the GMO products are useful or harmful to human life,” said Giorgi Tsagareishvili, Chairman of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee at the Parliament of Georgia. “We should distinguish between genetically modified seeds and products made from them which are imported in Georgia. We don’t ban the latter, but Georgia will be declared a closed zone for living GMO raw seeds,” he explained.

Read the full original article:  Georgia plans to become GMO free

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