GMO-free news from Hungary

2015-05-07 |

Hungary to promote GMO-free soya production with subsidy

The government will provide subsidies to promote GMO-free soya production in Hungary, a Farm Ministry official said.

2015-01-22 |

Hungary Set to Initiate EU Alliance to Reject GM Crops

Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend.

2015-01-20 |

Hungarian farm minister: The whole EU should be a GMO FREE ZONE

Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of genetically modified organisms in farming with the aim to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas said on the sidelines of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin at the weekend. István Fazekas said the countries committed to GMO-free farming must forge an alliance because “we would like to keep our food and our environment healthy and we are convinced that the agriculture of the EU and Hungary can remain competitive with conventional crop and livestock production”.

Farm Ministry said last week that Hungary’s interests were fulfilled when a vote passed in the European Parliament allowed individual member states to ban the cultivation of GM crops. “It is an especially important strategic interest for Hungary laid down in its constitution also to ensure that its agriculture is GMO-free,” it said.

2014-02-21 |

EU: Despite EU approval, Hungary vows fight on GMO corn

Hungary’s government will take all necessary measures to prevent the cultivation in Hungary of Pioneer’s 1507 genetically modified maize, the Rural Development Ministry vowed today. This will mark the latest battle in Hungary’s longstanding fight against GMO crop production.

2012-06-19 |

Hungary passes law limiting GM crops

Last week Hungary’s parliament approved unanimously a new regulation that will restrict the genetically modified crops allowed in Hungary, which are currently authorised by the European Union. The ministry of rural development welcomed the law, which maximises chances of the country remaining GMO-free. The new regulations will place a strict limit on genetically modified crops in Hungary which are currently authorised by the European Union, as well as potential future GMOs, the ministry said. The law will enable farmers, local communities, local councils and regions to practice their autonomous rights more effectively while backing grassroots initiatives to establish GMO-free regions.

2011-10-26 |

Hungary has joined the Alps-Adriatic GMO-free Region

Parliament has passed a resolution requesting that local governments ban the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture and farming within their areas of administration, so joining a Croatian initiative.
Parliament unanimously passed the proposal put forward by the Committee on Sustainable Development, with 346 votes. The adoption of the proposal means that Hungary has joined the Croatian initiative, put forward as part of the Alps-Adriatic cooperation, that bans the use of ”polluted” crops and is aimed at keeping the region free of GMOs.

2011-08-29 |

Hungary destroys crops on 8,500-9,000 hectares because of GM-tainted maize

Crops are being destroyed on 8,500-9,000 hectares in Hungary because of maize tainted with genetically modified seeds, Rural Development Ministry state secretary Gyorgy Czervan said at a press conference on Thursday. The GM-tainted maize is being torn up on about 4,500 hectares and crops on about 4,000 hectares are being destroyed to create a buffer zone around the tainted maize, Czervan said.

2011-08-08 |

Monsanto appeals against destruction of corn in Hungary

The Hungarian unit of US seed giant Monsanto has appealed to Budapest Municipal Court to suspend a resolution by the Agriculture Office ordering the destruction of corn thought to be genetically modified, Monsanto Hungaria technical director Mihály Czepó told state news agency MTI on Monday. [...] Monsanto tested the seeds they sold to Hungary in their own laboratories and found no GMO, Czepó said. An independent laboratory in France also tested the seeds, getting the same results, which they sent to Hungarian authorities as well, he said.

2011-07-19 |

Monsanto Hungary seeks to suspend forced destruction of maize thought to be GM-tainted

The Hungarian unit of US seed giant Monsanto has appealed to the Budapest Municipal Court to suspend a resolution by Hungary’s Agriculture Office ordering hybrid maize sold by the company to be torn up, Monsanto Hungaria technical director Mihaly Czepo told MTI on Monday. [...] Monsanto Hungaria’s own tests as well as one by an independent, accredited laboratory in France show the company’s DKC 3511 hybrid seeds contain no genetically modified compounds, Czepo said. [...] ”Monsanto sells only conventional seeds in Hungary, seeds that have not been genetically modified,” the company said.

2011-07-18 |

Official says Hungary firmly against GM seeds; maize destroyed on 950 hectares

Hungary will uphold strict measures against genetically modified seeds, a deputy state secretary of the Rural Development Ministry told a press conference on Thursday. Lajos Bognar said that the government would also seek an amendment to the Penal Code to introduce strict punishment for distributors of seeds polluted with genetically modified organisms. He added that Hungary’s GMO-free status was an important, strategic asset.

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