No GMOs, the Italian task force

Safeguard the uniqueness, quality and biodiversity of local products so as to give more value to the "Made in Italy". This is above all the reason for the unanimous compulsion of the Italian Regions to use GMOs inagriculture homegrown.

The Italian regions agree, they do not want genetically modified seeds to be grown on national soil. The anti-GMO position is unanimous but not all regions can boast of having a law that prohibits the use of GMOs.

GMOs, “genetically modified organism“, These are laboratory-engineered seeds, designed to maximize yield, approved and sold all over the world. It is clear, with GMOs, theItalian agriculture it would lose any more typicality, it would become strictly dependent on foreign nations for the purchase of ever better seeds. Genetically engineered seeds, patented and grown globally to give the same product all over the world: equal results and competitive prices.

April opened with a real Task Force "For a GMO-free Italy " so the main groups of the sector joined together to take stock of the situation and take action. The meeting was held last Thursday at Palazzo Balbi in Venice, among those present: Cia, Cna Alimentare, Coldiretti, Confartigianato, Legambiente, Federconsumatori, Legacoop, Legambiente, Condacons, Movimento Consumatori, Slow Food, Unci, Vas, Adiconsum and Wwf, together with the regional councilorship for agriculture Franco Manzato, who strongly wanted the task force.

The GMO could jeopardize the typicality of local products. On this side it is Friuli that lends itself as an example to the entire boot. In Friuli, a recent Supreme Court ruling outlawed the GMO corn grown by Fidenato without regional authorization.

What was held on April 5th at Palazzo Balbi is an attempt that aims to protect consumers, farmers and the quality heritage of Veneto products. This was stated by the Northern League leader Federico Caner and the president of the Environment Commission Nicola Finco.

The GMO jeopardize the typicality of our local products which, as stated by the parent company Caner and the president Finco, are the first protection for the consumer and a great asset ofItalian farmer. The Friuli provision does not prohibit scientific experimentation, no region intends to prohibit scientific research - also because in Italy there is not much of it -, rather it wants to ensure that what happens in the laboratories is far from the fields cultivated by Italian farmers.

edited by Anna De Simone

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