As German coalition partners discuss the future of GMO agriculture, in just over 24 hours more than 100,000 German citizens have already made their opinion clear, signing a petition stating that they do not want GMO crops on German fields.
The petition is in response to a disagreement between the prospective German Grand Coalition parties. While the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and CSU (Christian Social Union) dissaprove of allowing the cultivation of genetically modified plants, the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) does not want to make such a commitment in the coalition agreement.
Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, chairman of BÖLW (Alliance of the Organic Food Industry) stated: “Farmers and consumers expect a clear commitment to GMO-free agriculture from the coalition. We will now see whether Sigmar Gabriel and Horst Seehofer stick to their party platform and make a firm commitment to GMO-free agriculture.”
The disagreement is especially heated as on November 6th, the European Commission recommended the cultivation of genetically modified DuPont 1507 corn. This corn regularly produces poison that threatens butterflies and other insects and could be grown in Germany as early as in the spring.
Benedikt Härlin of Save Our Seeds and ARC2020 said, “This is the first threat of the authorizing the cultivation of GMO corn in over 10 years. Despite being toxic for butterflies and other insects and resistant against a pesticide which is close to being banned. It is a provocation to all GMO-free farmers, regions and countries of Europe!”
The German federal government can prevent this by including a ban in the coalition agreement, as the CSU and SPD suggest.
ARC2020 joins Campact and a broad alliance of other organisations in urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to reject the release and cultivation of GM crops and to anchor this decision in the coalition agreement.
The decision will be made in the next 2 weeks, so now is the time to take action!
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Campact Press Release (German) : German farmers and citizens demand from Merkel a GMO ban in the coalition agreement