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By Anastasia Gubin
"The laws are enforced, and even in consideration of the fact that eight Italians out of ten (76 percent) oppose biotechnology", highlighted Roberto Moncalvo, president of the maximum organization of Italian and European agricultural entrepreneurs, Coldiretti, who disclosed the news in a statement.
The fine for the transgressor and promoter of Monsanto, Giorgio Fidenato, for his 6,500 hectares MON810, can reach about 30 thousand euros, and the authorities of Friuli will have to define how and in how long he will be obliged to remove the banned crop (already destroyed) added.
Coldiretti also highlighted the "alarming situation that has meant so much concern in recent times among farmers who are opposed to generically modified products."
After four years of debate among European states on the issue, and strong pressure from the 'lobbie' of transnationals like Monsanto, at the level of the European Commission itself, the EU decided that each country should adopt the measures it deems appropriate.
Moncalvo highlighted that "for Italy, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture not only mean serious food security problems, but they also pursue a development model that is the great ally of homogenization (monoculture) and the great enemy of ' Made in Italy '”.
In relation to the existing regulations, he explained that “it may be perfected in the semester in which Italy will hold the presidency of the EU, thanks to an effort by the Minister of the Environment Luca Galletti - to whom we thank - since he is processing it immediately , and that would give a profound turn to the European regulatory framework ”.
"The prohibition of cultivation as a provisional measure is linked to a precautionary principle for environmental and health reasons, and it becomes precisely a permanent decision made based on the development model that each country intends to uphold," Moncalvo analyzed.
Only 5 of 28 countries in Europe are cultivating GMOs, according to a Coldiretti analysis of July 17, to which Moncalvo added, that this is "despite pressure from the lobbies of those who produce GMOs."
Although these five include Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, of the 148 thousand hectares of Monsanto MON810 maize, planted in 2013, most of it is in Spain, with 136,962 hectares, which shows that it is practically the only country that produces Monsanto corn in Europe.
The battle of Friuli
The farmer Giorgio Fidenato, spokesman for the Futuragra group, an entity born in recent years to promote GMO and biotechnological cultivation, had announced months ago the illegal plantation of MON810 corn in some of his fields in Vivaro, Mereto di Tomba and Colloredo di Monte Albano, despite being banned in the country by the ministerial decree of July 2013 and in Friuli Venezia Giuliam by a moratorium last March, Green News reported on July 17.
The Foresta Regional team proceeded to destroy the crops on July 9 in Mereto, but in Colloredo, the forestry was blocked by a group of friends of the farmer. The issue went to a legal recourse, and finally the Justice decided to enforce the law, added the Italian media. The pressure of international transgenic companies promoted the "Line of coexistence of crops", however a technical document prepared by the Regional Agency for Rural Development, "demonstrated with numerical simulations in hand, the negative consequences of coexistence."
"It's counterproductive," ERSA director Carl Frausin remarked, according to Green News. The area has 22 thousand companies, half in the mountains and with an average of five hectares each.
ERSA announced that it is committed to controlling corn and soybean crops in the region. In 2012, the Greenpeace group eliminated illegally planted Giorgio Fidenato transgenic crops. Now the rule seeks to avoid any type of contamination.
The Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia with these measures hopes to finally be able to put the “GMO Free” mark and proceed to a program of specially certified local products.
The Epoch Times