Turkey Prepares to Ban GMOs
According to an article published by the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS), Turkey's Ministry of Agriculture submitted a bill to severely limit the propagation of genetically modified (GM) plants and livestock. The bill, which is expected to be passed next year, introduces a complete ban on the production of GM plants or livestock either as food for humans or livestock and on the introduction of any GM organisms into the wild. The USDA-FAS sees the Bill as a preparation for Turkey's eventual ascension to the European Union.
Last November, Turkey's Agriculture Ministry issued a biotech regulation that banned all imports of food and feed that might contain genetically-engineered materials. The ban was eventually lifted after a month.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)