Germany’s top court on Wednesday upheld a two-year-old law placing sharp restrictions on the use of genetically modified crops, saying it protected the public from the risks of the technology.
The Federal Constitutional Court said that 2008 legislation requiring buffer zones between GM and conventional crops were justified due to the risk of “contamination” between the plants and open questions about the technology.
“The legislative branch is pursuing legitimate public welfare objectives and must be given generous room to implement state regulation in order to realise these objectives against the backdrop of the broad social and scientific debate about the use of genetic engineering,” the court said.
The law mandates a 150-metre-wide (490-feet-wide) “protective zone” between GM crops and standard farmland and a 300-metre-wide gap next to organic crops.
GM fields must also be registered so any co-mingling can be traced back to the source and the responsible farmers can be held liable.
THIS is what Senate Bill 510 should be about if they claim to be “protecting the food supply.”
The law had been challenged by the rural eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt even before it was passed....Continue ReadingLeave a Comment