News last update:6 Aug 2012

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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