Latvia on the brink of complete ban of GMO products
06 Jan 2012
More than 100 of the 110 municipalities (novads) of Latvia have decided that their
land will be GMO-free by the end of 2012.
Cultivation of GM crops will be prohibited on municipal land, according to Eric
Leitis, senior consultant of the protection of species and habitats at the Ministry
of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia.
The 101 novads have adopted mandatory rules on the cultivation of genetically
modified plants on their territory, including the five districts that already made this
policy-move last year.
Leitis noted that the relatively low activity in enforcing prohibition of GMO cultivation
during 2011 has been due to the fact that most of the municipalities already had
such rules in place.
According to experts Latvia may completely ban cultivation of GMO products
nationally before the end of 2012.
Leitis added that, when compared to the EU, Latvia has a good track record with
GMOs, because cultivation of genetically modified plants has been banned nearly
in 90% of the country.
The move to prohibition GMO crop cultivation in Latvia began in July 2009 when the
amendments to the Act on the turnover of GMO came into force. These
amendments gave local governments the power to invoke bans on the basis of
And despite the fact that the authorities of remaining nine municipalities stated that
they would not ban GMO products in the near future, this decision may soon
change, as Latvia is now actively seeking to become a GMO-free nation. The
municipal authorities are facing strong pressure from the public opinion.
(Vladislav Vorotnikov) http://www.allaboutfeed.net/news/latvia-on-the-brink-of-complete-ban-of-gmo-products-12634.html