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Crops produced with mutagenesis misleadingly labeled ‘non-GMO’ in Germany, biotech industry trade group says

| June 17, 2019
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"Ohne-Gentechnik" translates to "without GMO" in English.
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According to research by [Germany’s Free Democratic Party] and the genetic engineering-friendly association “Forum Grüne Reason” (FGV), many foods labeled with the seal “Ohne Gentechnik”  [“without GMO”] are genetically modified. The FDP Bundestag Deputy Carina Konrad and the FGV chairman and FDP politician Horst Rehberger therefore demanded on [June 14] in Berlin, this “consumer disappointment” end.

For decades, the genome of plants have been changed by means of so-called mutagenesis. In doing so, mutations are randomly generated by X-rays or chemicals. If some of these prove useful, the mutated plants will …. be selectively bred. According to the FGV, more than 90 percent of all foods are genetically engineered in this way. According to EU law, however, they do not have to be labeled as genetically modified.

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[Editor’s note: This article was published in German. This summary was produced with Google Translate and edited for clarity.]

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