As members of the European Parliament and EU governments are about to vote on a draft EU law by the European Commission on new genetically modified organisms (new GMOs), new legal analysis by Greenpeace has found the law could violate the individual rights of farmers, in particular their fundamental rights to property and the freedom to run a business.
The proposed law does not provide sufficient protection against the contamination of crops with new GMOs, which are obtained through so-called new genomic techniques (NGTs), and would introduce patents on new GMOs, leading to a loss of autonomy for European farmers.
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