Motion adopted by ECVC General Assembly, gathered in Rome on March 24th
ECVC strongly denounces the lies propagated by the seed industry in order to:
– eliminate all information available to peasants and consumers about the presence of GMOs, thus forcing them to cultivate them, to breed them and to eat GMOs against their will.
– legalise the biopiracy derived from patenting these hidden GMOs, which would also covers peasant-selected or traditional seeds and animals.
Industry pretends that seeds and animals that are created using these “New Breeding Techniques” are not GMOs. They try to create confusion, taking advantage of the weakness of European regulation, which was unable to consider techniques that didn’t exist when it was written in 1990.
To achieve this, Industry relies on an exception which exclude Mutagenesis GMOs from the application of the GMO European regulation. Since 1990, this exception is applied to non-patentable GMOs stemming from chemical mutagenesis or from the radiation of full plants or seeds. But since the ratification on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, it shouldn’t apply to patented GMOs stemming from mutagenis or other New Breeding Techniques, applied in vitro, in laboratory, on plants’ or animals’ cells.
The European Commission created an expert committee whose task was to, under incomprehensible “scientific” controversies, suffocate the legal debate on the right of peasants and consumers to refuse GMOs. The European Commission will use this committee’s conclusions to organise a “public debate” on new GMOs in 2017.
While the Cartagena Protocol and OECD’s Codex Alimentarius both define products stemming from these New Breeding Techniques as GMOs which have to be regulated, the European Commission is trying to create the illusion of public approval to bypass them.
ECVC’s General Assembly, gathered in Roma on 23 March 2017, has therefore decided to take position against these Industry lies, and insteadfavors the strict application of the GMO regulation to all plants, animals and micro-organisms stemming from in vitro genetic modifications.