Press release

CPE and COAG ask for a European moratorium on GMOs

12 March 2008 by La Via Campesina

The European Farmers Coordination (CPE) and COAG call for a European
moratorium on all transgenic crops as off this year. After the decision
of the french government to activate the safeguard clause on the
cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 and the opposition by
an increasing number of member states to GMOs cultivation, a moratorium
is possible in 2008. The European Union has to make a clear decision.

European farmers and consumers are in great majority opposed to the use
of GMOs in agriculture and food. GMOs are used by large companies to
privatise seeds at the expense of the food sovereignty of peoples and
rural communities throughout the world. Their goal is to control
people’s access to food. An increasing number of scientific studies
prove that GMOs are harmful to health and the environment and that, by
contaminating other crops, they endanger the diversity of the flora.
There is no possible co-existence between an agriculture with GMOs and a
GM-free agriculture.

The discours that one could choose, through labelling, whether to eat or
not genetically modified food is misleading, since once GMOs are planted
on some plots, contamination is inevitable. The European institutions
have adopted a threshold of 0.9% below which consumers are not informed
that food contains GMOs, including for products from organic farming.
Unless there is a total ban on all GMOs in Europe, we will thus all be
condemned to find GMOs in our fields and our plates.

It is urgent to stop contamination. It is urgent that the EU declares
the moratorium!

CPE: Ingeborg Tangeraas: 0047 75587654
COAG: Andoni Garcia (in spanish): 0034 636 451 569

Morgan Ody
European staff person of la Via Campesina




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