Many Italians support GMO free country
32 associations of farmers, consumers, environmental campaigners and
cooperative retailers obtained the signatures of three million Italians who
support their anti GMO stance.
Mario Capanna, spokesman for the 'Italy/Europe free from GMOs' coalition
announced on November 10 that over 3 million signatories had responded "yes" to
the question: "Do you want the agri-food sector to be GMO-free?" The majority of
the signatures were collected at some 2,000 events across the country, but
Capanna said there were also a surprising number of unsolicited votes.
The promoters of the consultation are pressing Rome for an "unlimited
moratorium" on the cultivation of GM crops. At present, 14 of the 20 Italian
regions have declared themselves 'GMO-free'. Ultimately, the coalition wants to
see GMOs banned throughout Europe.
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