Romanian farmers want to grow genetically modified soy, debate necessary (AgriMin)

Romanian farmers want to grow genetically modified soy, debate necessary (AgriMin)

All Romanian farmers want to grow genetically modified soy according to Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin, who said on Friday that a nationwide debate is necessary after the approval of such crops by European and international bodies.

“It is a discussion we’ll develop, as every [EU] member state can decide — as the European Commission says — whether to introduce genetically modified organisms. In Romania, we only have maize crops, MON810 [genetically modified corn hybrid from Monsanto], on very small areas only. As far as I know, only one institute still uses it. Therefore, of course there is a deadline (…) to inform the Commission if we ban the genetically modified crops, but we only have this maize on limited areas, so there’s nothing to notify the European Commission about. Of course, when we have the genetically modified soy approved by the European and international body, we’ll have a public debate. I already know the farmers’ answer. All farmers and all researchers want this crop. Of course there’s a debate to have nationwide, because there are many NGOs campaigning against the crops of genetically modified organisms. We’ll see about it when the time comes. We must have a wide discussion and have the society prepared,” the minister answered media questions about the matter. More…