GMOs are an issue on which the Greens have been fighting hard for many years. The Greens believe that GMOs could have a long term harmful effect on the environment and human health as it has not been proven otherwise, a precautionary approach should be taken.
When Jean Lambert votes on proposals for European legislation on GMOs she does so in line with Green Party principles on the subject which include to;
- Apply the precautionary principle to the regulation of genetic research and its application to safeguard against irreversible damage to the ecology of the planet.
- Ban the introduction of GMOs and their products in all agricultural systems rather of production including human and animal feed.
- Ban the transgenic manipulation of animals for any agricultural purpose.
- Safeguard against any genetic modification which is made in the pursuit of profits, rather than the interests of people, animals and biodiversity.
The Greens believe that consumers have a right to know what they are buying and eating, especially when it concerns products which are genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients. In 2001, the European Commission produced two proposals for legislation to guarantee proper labelling of GMO products. The European Parliament adopted opinions (reports) on these proposals in July 2002.
Latest reports from the Greens on GMOs can be accessed here: http://eat-better.greens-efa.eu/for-a-gmo-free-europe-9633.html