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Consultation on proposals for managing the co-existence of genetically modified, conventional and organic crops in Wales
Coexistence of GM and non-GM crops is about ensuring farmers can make a
practical choice between growing conventional, organic and GM crops. Coexistence deals only with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) authorised in the EU in accordance with Directives 2001/18/EC and 1829/2003, which assess environmental and human health aspects of the GMO.
EU Member States cannot impose a blanket ban on GMOs as this action would not conform to EU law. However, individual GM crops may be banned if scientific evidence suggests that they pose a significant risk to human health or the environment. Additionally, the establishment of GM free
zones within Member States is possible, if farmers decide not to grow GM crops on a voluntary basis.
The consultation paper therefore sought views on the following issues relating to the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops:
- the Welsh Assembly Government’s plans for coexistence measures to
apply in Wales;
- the case for coexistence between GM and organic crops;
- options for providing redress for possible financial losses by non-GM
farmers due to GM crop cultivation; and
- guidance on establishing voluntary GM-free zones
Brief summary of the Responses
The responses were polarised between those from organisations, groups and individuals who are opposed to GM crops in terms of their safety and potential impact on the environment, human health and economic effect and those who do not share these concerns and are of the opinion that GM crops may be grown safely and be of benefit.
Most of the responses from members of the public were in the form of a stock letter. The general view these responses convey is in support of continuing with the most restrictive GM measures possible in Wales. They also are in support of an all-Wales voluntary GM-free zone; for coexistence measures to aim to eliminate any GM contamination in organic and conventional crops and therefore, the threshold for GM presence should be set at the lowest detectable level (i.e. 0.1%); for the coexistence regime to include all food producers, honey producers, gardeners and allotment holders.
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