Traders win: EU Parliament Votes against Labelling GM Pollen in Honey
Pollen from genetically modified plants in the honey will not be specially marked, is the decision of MEPs. This means that GM pollen has to be labelled if it makes up more than 0.9% of the honey, which never occurs.
Opponents of GM organisms, many consumers and beekeepers are on their feet because of that. Greens also warn that Europe, which has imports of 40 percent of honey, that’s a large part of this honey is imported from areas where they grow GM crops.
At first glance, the difference between the terms “component” and “ingredient” is not big. But when we talk about the composition of the food we eat can be crucial.
Let remember, European Court of Justice ruled in 2011 that the pollen is a component of honey, so it should be marked.
Most of the MEPs on meeting in Strasbourg fell on the exam from the protection of the rights of consumers. They should know what they are buying. This time it is a case of honey.
The European Union imports around 40 percent of honey. Half of this quantity comes from Latin America, particularly from Argentina and Mexico, where the cultivation of GMO plants is normal practice.
Another major question is how the success of lobbyists when it comes to GMO organisms (which in the past EU clearly contradicted) mean for the future requirements of multinational companies?
That the European Commission should not underestimate the problem of GMOs, particularly from producers in Latin America, Canada and China, and that they should be compelled to product labeling, believes the Hungarian MEP Csabal Sandor Tabajadi.
Meanwhile, the British MEP Jili Girling producers defended with the argument that an additional labeling of food really cannot be expected from them, because it would be ” additional burden “.
Source: 24ur.com freepik and sustainablepulse.com
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