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Farm Minister Calls for GMO-Free Protein Crops

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.01.29.

Hungary is committed to GMO-free feed and crops, István Nagy, the farm minister, said in Brussels at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

Nagy said the European Union should reduce its reliance on soya imports for feed and replace it with non-GMO high-protein crops, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

EU ministers discussed the Protein Plan proposed by the European Commission at its meeting on Monday. Research and innovation schemes for developing high-protein crops may play a key role, the statement said.

Encouraging the development of new types of feed formulas, tapping into industrial by-products and high-protein grains would be steps forward, it added.

In addition, the new Common Agricultural Policy should also support the cultivation of protein crops. Accordingly, Hungary sees funding payments directly linked to production as an appropriate and well-established mechanism which should be retained after 2021, the statement said.

Nagy told the meeting that demand for GMO-free products around the world is growing and consumers should have guarantees they can choose the products they prefer. They have the right to know what the product they buy contains, and Hungary, therefore, urges the clear labelling of meat products that are produced using GMO-free feed. For this to happen, existing GMO-free certification systems must be harmonised, the minister said.

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