Hungary could be the first country to introduce the new European Union regulations allowing countries to ban the cultivation of GMO crops, according to the Ministry of Agriculture’s deputy state secretary for environmental affairs.
András Rácz told Hungarian news agency MTI that in addition to transposing the new regulations into Hungarian law, the Hungarian government is also working on introducing a new labelling system by the end of the year that would enable foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and honey to be labelled as GMO-free if certified as not containing GMOs and if livestock receive only GMO-free feed.
The politician pointed out that keeping the country GMO-free is even included in Hungary’s constitution.
Back in January, Hungary applauded a decision made in Brussels that granted EU countries greater individual freedom over the use of genetically modified crops. Earlier this year, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said that Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of EU member states rejecting the use of GMOs in farming, with the aim of making the entire European Union free of GMO crops.
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