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Lithuania sticks to its position on GMO


The current debate over permission to grow genetically modified corn of the company named Pioneer in Spain was passed for consideration to the Council of the European Union (EU). Lithuania takes a precautionary approach and does not support this intention.

“We are consistently following a precautionary approach on the growing of genetically modified organisms and placing them on the EU market. The risk of growing and marketing these organisms has not been fully assessed to date. As research shows, many Europeans don’t support development of GMO foods in Europe,” Minister Valentinas Mazuronis said.

Neither does the European Parliament favour this proposal to allow growing genetically modified corn in Spain that would be more resistant to specific vermin of the Lepidoptera order. The Parliament calls the European Commission to reject this proposal and not to suggest issuing new permits for any new types of GMO or renewing existing permits before major improvements are made to the risk assessment techniques.

It is argued that genetically modified corn may cause harm to some types of butterflies. Based on Eurobarometer findings, most Europeans (61 per cent) do not support development of modified foods in Europe.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas