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Already 11 600 farmers in Germany against the "Grune genetic engineering" Confed, even in Austria set on Gertrich-free agriculture

During the federal level still on the new genetic engineering law (genetic engineering law: please wait, please wait…) is negotiated, have already crosslinked 11,600 peasants nationwide and want to keep their fields in the art gentech-free. The federal government for the environment and nature conservation Germany sees in the increasing number of clients Gentech-Critical farmers "The currently best conservation" For genetic engineering freedom in agriculture, it is called in a message. But still lack a law that regulate the coexistence of agricultural production with and without genetic engineering.

That’s why around 11 have already been around Germany.600 farmers in 50 regions against the "Grune genetic engineering" compound and agreed not to grow genetically changed plants. "This corresponds to an agriculturally used flat of 430.000 hectare. Forest and protected areas, there are almost one million hectares or about two million Fubball Fields", the federal government.

Kurt-Henning Klamroth, farmer and prasident of the German farmers’ association, appealed to the German farmership, to join voluntary agreements: "The use of Gentech Saaten carries incalcular economic and legal risks for farmers. The farmers’ association therefore calls for the farmers to are mutually genetic engineering." Heike Moldenhauer from the Confederation declared that the competitive advantage of German and European agriculture was lying in genetic engineering-free cultivation. After all, 70 percent of consumers in the EU were rejected genetic engineering.

That many German farmers of genetic engineering are skeptically opposite, does not come from about about. In many regions of Canada, for example, GMO farmers and those who want to produce GENTECH-freely, in the meantime, especially as the coexistence almost hardly works. The aggressive enforcement policy gross biotech corporations such as Monsanto makes the new technology not very sympathetic. Think about the case of the Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser (Percy Schmeiser loses against Monsanto), who is alleged "Gene-klau" was pulled in front of the Kadi. Followed a year-long dispute, with Schmeiser lost before the Supreme Court just below. However, he did not have to pay damages at Monsanto. Also saved, the court costs.

Even if the legal situation in Germany is certainly different differently than in Canada, scary many farmers around social peace. Cornelia Schmidt, Organic Farmers of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bauerliche Agriculture, says: "Genetic engineering is an attack on social peace in the villages. Genetically modified seed can spread overall and threatens the existence of organic power and conventional companies that want to remain genetic engineering."

Gentech-free Austria?

Not only in Germany, Gentech critical farmers can conclude. The neighboring Austria had most likely to explain the whole country to the Gentech-free zone, which is not possible according to EU law. When the Land Oberosterreich dared to the Vorstib and at least wanted to explain a federal state to the genetic engineering-free zone, the state government took a removal of the EU. However, there are numerous initiatives throughout the country, which have good opportunities to keep GENTECH AUBEN, especially as national politicians, agriculture, NGOs and population in this matter at a strand.

At the federal level, however, another picture shows. With two-yearly delay – and already noted by the EU – the amendment to the Geingechnik-law was recently decided in the Easter-Rich Parliament with the votes of government parties OVP and FPO. This fell in Austria the Defacto Moratorium. Theoretically, the GV cultivation will be allowed from 2005. The law had severe criticism from the opposition grunes, the SPO and environmental organizations such as Global2000 or Greenpeace. The law was betrayed by the aim of maintaining genetic engineering-free agriculture in the whole of the Easter, so the tenor of criticism. In particular, the liability regulations are too weak to critics.

Also the representative of the farmers, the Easter-rich agricultural chamber was skeptical, because "the new law complicated and costly is and in the case of the case on-site the farmer to liability."

In the case of green genetic engineering, this is a strange picture in Germany and Austria. It is from "above" (Implementation of EU Guidelines) Something prescribed, what "below" (Farmers, consumers) Hardly anyone wants. Whether voluntary agreements on the waiver of GVOs will actually hold in the future, but must have.

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