Bill to ban GMOs presented in Slovenia

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Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Zidan on Tuesday presented a bill calling for the restriction or ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country.

Noting that the issue of GMO cultivation was a hot topic in the European Union (EU), Zidan underscored that a coalition of EU members, including Austria, Germany and France object to the cultivation of GMOs.

A public consultation over the bill, which was based on an EU directive that allows member states to restrict the growing of GMOs on their territories, will held in coming month, Zidan added.

According to EU legislation, "GMO means an organism, with the exception of human beings, in which the genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating or natural recombination."

Slovenia started effectively banning GMO cultivation since 2009, and adopted in 2011 a strategy that aims to prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on its territory, said Slovenian Press Agency. Endit

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