Germany

Updates + Overviews

GMO-free regional governments:

9 out of 16 German federal states (among them 3 city states) signed the Charta of Florence and thereby joined the European GMO-Free regions network.

  • 17th June 2010: accession of Thuringia

  • 10th October 2011: accession of North-Rhine Westphalia

  • 31st July 2012: accession of Schleswig-Holstein

  • 11th October 2012: accession of Baden-Württemberg

  • 22nd May 2013: accession of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate

  • 29th January 2014: accession of Lower Saxony

  • 10th April 2014: accession of Bavaria

  • 21st May 2014: accession of Hesse

By the end of October 2014, 214 GMO-free-regions, 344 GMO-free-municipalities and 31.913 GMO-free-farmers, i.e. 1.181.557 ha (2.919.691 acres), were declared in Germany. Definitions, lists and maps can be accessed at the English section of the website GMO-free regions in Germany

There was no commercial cultivation of GMOs in Germany since 2012 and no deliberate releases since 2013. Lastly, GM potatoes (0.3 ha) and GM sugar beets (0.5 ha) were planted for experimental purposes in 2012.

The commercial cultivation of the GM corn MON 810 has been banned on April 14th 2009. BASF’s genetically modified starch potato “Amflora”, approved on 2nd of March 2010, had its approval withdrawn December 2013 by the EU General Court due to procedural error during the approval procedure. Until then it was grown on 15 ha in 2010 and ultimately on 2 ha in 2011.

Based on German biotech law food manufacturers and –retailers can label their products GMO-free since May 2008. The GMO-free label (“ohne Gentechnik”) is for animal products (meat, eggs and dairy products) derived from animals fed without GM plants. Licensee partners and advocates for a food production without GMOs are organized in the Association Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG).

(Updated in November 2014 information provided by Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND) Friends of the Earth Germany)

Organisations and institutions active on GMO

Projekt Gentechnikfreie Regionen in Deutschland (German, English)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft e.V. - AbL (German)

Bioland - Verband für organisch-biologischen Landbau e.V. (German)

Bündnis zum Schutz der Bienen vor Agrogentechnik (German)

Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft - BÖLW (German)

BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany (German, English)

Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN) (German, English)

Bündnis Gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft Berlin-Brandenburg (German)

Gen-ethisches Netzwerk (German)

Greenpeace Germany (German)

IG Saatgut (Initiative for GE-free Seeds and Breeding) (German, English)

Informationsdienst Gentechnik (German)

Mellifera e.V. (German)

Save Our Seeds (German and English)

Testbiotech e.V. – Institute for Independent Impact Assessment in Biotechnology (German and English) 

Verband Lebensmittel Ohne Gentechnik – VLOG (German, English)

Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft

Petitions, Cyberactions

“Stop the Crop” by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) associated link: http://www.stopthecrop.org/