Germany plans for GM crop monitoring

Government proposes rules for long-term monitoring, labelling, to support traceability

The German environment ministry has unveiled proposals for long-term monitoring as well as labelling of genetically-modified (GM) crops in a first step toward transposing a 2001 EU directive. The effects of GM plants on local ecosystems would be closely monitored by environment officials. Labelling would also be required, plus information on cultivation sites.

Environment minister Jürgen Trittin said the measures were aimed at ensuring that consumers had freedom of choice between naturally-grown foods and GM ones. Growers of GM crops should pay for the costs of monitoring, he added.

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