Genetically-Manipulated Maize (Corn) Banned by Merchant in Germany
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via NLP Germany
Greenpeace in Germany have revealed an internal memo issued
by the Raiffeisen Co-operative in Baden W=FCrttenberg.
Raiffeisen, one of the biggest grain merchants, has refused
to accept deliveries of genetically modified maize from
farmers. Greenpeace recently found out that GM maize was
being commercially grown at secret sites in southern
Germany. The internal memo, dated 7.10, states that on
delivery the farmers have to sign a declaration that their
goods are 'GMO'- free. The central office of the
co-operative are sending out a ready made stamp with 'GMO
free' on it. A sign warns of that farmers could expect
damages running into millions for any false declaration.
All suppliers have been have been advised to test their
goods before delivery.
This poses a dilemma for the farmers. Greenpeace recently
reported that the GM maize is already contaminating adjacent
sites. A farmer may be unaware that his crops have been
affected. The consequences present a new legal situation.
Greenpeace has demanded that the German Agriculture Ministry
and Novartis, the Swiss company responsible for this first
commercial planting, ensure that the crop is segregated at
harvest and not be sold. They suggested it should be stored
in the same way France is doing with a similar crop.