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25/02/2010

Gmo, Zaia: we will respect the sentences but will use any tool available to safeguard farmers and consumers



We cannot allow that the most indentitarian agriculture in the world becomes homologated and contaminated in the name of false progress. A progress that helps more the incomes of the Corporations than the interests of farmers and consumers, that from what I hear do not wish to eat Gmo maize. The Minister of agricultural food and forestry policies comments the ruling made by the Lazio Regional Administrative Court and filed on February 17.


"The Ministry will respect the rulings made by the administrative justice, but at the same time it will activate all the procedures that the law makes available to bring forward its positions, while respecting the wishes of the overwhelming majority of citizens."
The Minister of agricultural food and forestry policies Luca Zaia comments the ruling made by the Lazio Regional Administrative Court and filed on February 17.
"In fact we do not believe that the reasons behind the decision on the appeal presented by Monsanto concerning cultivation and commercial registration of varieties of Gmo maize (which do not, it must be underlined, unlocks the cultivation of GM crops) are founded. "
"Consequently, the Ministry will evaluate the opportunity to appeal before the Council of State, through the State General Attorney, to reform the ruling of Tar Lazio No 2378/2010."
"The sentence is not convincing, Zaia says, when it considers that there exists state substitutive power for what concerns the coexistence (between conventional and Gmo crops), which under the ruling of the Constitutional Court of 2006 is attributed to the exclusive legislative competence the regions. "

"Moreover, it is unclear why, according to the ruling, conducting the tests to join the national register of varieties brings no risk of contamination. It is obvious that if you do not allow the identification of suitable sites, it is possible, if not even probable, to pollute the surrounding crops. "
"My position on Gmos is known, concluded the Minister. We cannot allow that the most indentitarian agriculture in the world becomes homologated and contaminated in the name of false progress that helps more the incomes of the Corporations than the interests of farmers and consumers, that from what I hear do not wish to eat Gmo maize".