Thursday, November 3, 2016

Germans ban GMO seeds

The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms, reports Reuters news agency.

Germany had announced in September, 2015, that it will ban cultivation of crops with GMOs under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of their cultivation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party has a deal that gains support from the Green Party. Before she was chancellor, she pushed for organic standards for farming in Germany.

There is no scientific rationale for banning genetically-modified crops, but the ban will be an effective trade barrier against Canadian corn, soybeans and canola.

So much for the Canada-European Union free trade agreement.