No genetically engineered maize for Austria!
73 percent of the European ministers for the environment voted against the commission’s proposal to lift Austria’s ban on the growing of genetically engineered maize. Now the commission has to acknowledge that the entire process of approving genetic engineering has turned out to be a disaster supported neither by the member states nor the people. GLOBAL 2000 had been previously advocating a ban and also organized a demonstration against genetically engineered maize.
Genetically engineered soy meal in baby food
For lactose-intolerant babies, baby food based on soy is a useful alternative. Caution: GLOBAL 2000 found that some such products contain genetically engineered soy. A study conducted by GLOBAL 2000 confirms: products specifically developed for lactose-intolerant children by Humana and Milupa contained 0.41 and 0.23 percent of genetically engineered soy respectively. On the whole, 60 percent of the ten products tested were found to contain genetically engineered components. These products pose a health risk to infants. GLOBAL 2000 advocates the principle of foresight: as long as the safety of genetically engineered foods is up for debate, they should not be sold or consumed. We therefore demand more and better food controls and publication of the results.
We recommend: biological products
GLOBAL 2000 recommends biological products or products labeled as ARGE Gentechnik-frei – produced without genetic engineering. With these products, the use of genetic engineering is strictly prohibited during all production and processing stages. The producers also make sure to keep their goods separate from genetically engineered wares.