European Commission Gives in to Big Biotech’s Tactics To Deregulate New GMOs

Citizens' concerns and already-proven farming solutions to climate change are dismissed

November 25, 2021 | Source: GM Watch | by

On November 29, the European Commission led by Vice-President Timmermans will discuss the deregulation of a new generation of genetically modified (GM) plants, also called new genomic techniques, with stakeholders.

The conference already presents new GMOs as a “way forward for safe and sustainable innovation in the agri-food sector”,[1] while other voices and arguments are being brushed aside by Health and Food Safety Commissioner Kyriakides:

* More than 69,000 citizens told the European Commission they oppose deregulation of new GMOs and demanded it applies Europe’s existing GMO safety and labelling laws during the 4-week consultation that took place in October 2021.[2]

* 161 civil society, farmers and business organisations demanded to keep this new generation of GMOs regulated as GMOs.[3]