Food Safety Debate: Take An Independent Stance for a GMO-Free Hungary, Says LMP

  • 15 Nov 2023 5:23 PM
  • Hungary Matters
Food Safety Debate: Take An Independent Stance for a GMO-Free Hungary, Says LMP
Hungary’s firm stance for GMO-free food products should be further tightened to guarantee food safety, opposition LMP said.

Antal Csárdi, LMP’s deputy group leader, told a press conference that the party is proposing that parliament adopt a declaration on the matter.

Csárdi said several parliamentary groups were divided, with Momentum and Jobbik-Conservatives not voting for an earlier proposal declaring Hungary’s opposition to the EU’s pro-GMO recommendation, which “would allow such produce to flood European markets … by eliminating member states’ right to weigh the decisions individually”.

Momentum’s party family in the EU, Renew Europe, “is neoliberal and extremely pro-market, and a vocal proponent of giving free rein to genetically modified produce”, he said.

LMP is proposing a declaration that would take a stance for a GMO-free Hungary “independent of party affiliations”, Csárdi said.

The declaration would clearly oppose new GMO technologies, he said. Hungarians have a right to know whether their elected representatives take a stance for a GMO-free Hungary, he said.

Meanwhile, the debate has gained new momentum in the EU as “chemical industry players and seed producers are planning to launch a new technology that would prevent consumers from knowing whether the food they buy is genetically modified,” he said.

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