“Hungary could be the first to introduce the new European Union regulations allowing countries to ban the cultivation of GMO crops”, the Ministry of Agriculture’s deputy state secretary for Environmental Affairs told Hungarian news agency MTI in Berlin on Friday.
In his statement following the “GMO-free Europe” conference, Dr. András Rácz stressed that in addition to transposing the new regulations into Hungarian law, the Government is also working on introducing a new labelling system by the end of the year that would enable foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and honey to be labelled as GMO-free if certified as not containing GMOs and livestock receive only GMO-free feed.
The Berlin Manifesto adopted at the conference, which ended on Friday, also recommends the development and swift application of similar labelling systems throughout the EU, Rácz noted, stressing that the document is in harmony with the Hungarian Government’s “decidedly pro GMO-free” politics. The meeting was attended by representatives from over 60 countries.
The document also calls for the development of a European Protein Strategy to reduce high dependence on genetically manipulated soy imported into Europe in large quantities, the Deputy State Secretary said.
With relation to negotiations on the proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the United States, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Berlin Manifesto stresses that any agreement should not endanger the results achieved so far with relation to keeping countries GMO-free or the rights of member states to decide on the issue, Mr. Rácz added.
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