December 22, 2003 -- CropChoice news: The European Parliament last week adopted
a report "on coexistence between genetically modified
crops and conventional and organic crops", which
calls inter alia for a european wide regulation of coexistence
and liability and for the labelling of genetically modified
organisms in seeds at the detection threshold (i.e.
The Parliament also calls upon the Commission and the
member states not to approve any cultivation of GMOs
until such legislation is in place. The initiative report
was adopted by a large majority of 327 vote in favor,
52 against and 34 abstentions. Although the report has
no imediate legislative implication it is is a major
political victory in the ongoing discussion about coexistence,
pending legislation on seed purity and about the moratorium
on new approvals for GMOs within the European Union.
The "Save our Seeds" initiative would like
to congratulate the rapporteur, Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe
zu Baringdorf, who drafted the report for the Parliaments
Agricultural Committee and thank him for the good co-operation.
The full report as adopted is available in all EU languages
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