In the Republic of Croatia, in accordance with the current legislation, it is not possible to release genetically modified living organisms (GMOs) into the environment. All the counties in the Republic of Croatia have adopted appropriate decisions prohibiting the introduction of GMOs into the environment, even for experimental purposes. Regarding the use of agricultural land, priority is given to ecological and conventional methods of growing crops.
If certain multinational companies attempted to introduce GMO seeds to Croatian agricultural areas devastated by floods, referring to it as “humanitarian aid”, not only would this be illegal, but it would also be deceptive for farmers. And that’s not all. It would irreversibly destroy local food production, rural family farms, biodiversity and tourism. I would consider such an attempt on the part of some multinationals as an attack on Croatian sovereignty, and a disrespectful act towards the Croatian legal system.
I would like to use this opportunity to invite our neighbours from Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Hungary to ban planting GMO seeds in their countries, as Croatia has done. Please also support my initiative to establish Alpe-Adria as a GMO-free region, in order to protect domestic food production, biodiversity and tourism.
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