EU Commissioners David Byrne, Franz Fischler, Margot Walstrvm
European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Bruxelles, Belgium
I am concerned about a proposed European Commission Directive that would allow for the contamination of non-genetically modified seeds with genetically modified organisms (GMO) up to a level of 0.3 to 0.7 percent. I want to be sure that the products I buy, which are not labelled as GM, do not contain GMOs either. This would no longer be guaranteed if non-GM crops growing in fields were to be contaminated by GM varieties at a level of 30 to 70 square meters per hectare without farmers even knowing about it.
In addition, I feel that such uncontrolled spread and propagation of GMOs is incompatible with the precautionary protection of the environment and human health.
I therefore ask you to ensure that the proposed Directive on seed purity does not allow for contamination of non-GM crops with GMOs. (The detection level, which currently allows for reliable control and compliance is set at a threshold of 0.1% percent.)
The purity of seeds has to be ensured by those who produce or wish to grow GMOs and not by those who wish to continue farming and consuming products without GMOs. Costs arising from this obligation must not be borne by consumers and certainly not by farmers. Liabilities will have to be covered by the producers of GMOs. Such a guarantee may have to be ensured in other directives, regulations and legislation before the proposed Directive enters into force.