Stop The Crop, For A Sustainable GMO-free Future (this is a nice website to check out, by the way!) reports that Germany has taken a strong stance against GMO crops, in spite of a central government that is fully in favor of them. STC writes: Because of the very strong anti-GMO-movement and anti-GMO stance in Germany, 87% of Germans are against GMOs in agriculture and food production. In 2012 there were no commercial GM crops grown in Germany, and this will remain the case in 2013.
Organic and conventional farmers alike are able to work together to maintain GMO-free zones by signing contracts referred to as voluntary self obligations, half of which even exclude GM feed for livestock, according to the website.
Of GMO-free munincipalities, STC writes: In Germany, landowners such as municipalities, towns and counties can forbid the use of genetically modified plants on their farmland. They oblige farmers, who lease publicly owned land, to exclude GMOs by legally binding contracts.
In 1999 Munich was the first town, which excluded GM plants from its properties. By March 2013 319 municipalities followed this example.
The main arguments for municipalities to go GMO-free include:
- The reduction of land value as a result of GM crop cultivation
- Cultivating GM crops goes against the will of farmers and consumers
By prohibiting GMOs on their land the municipalities stand in for regional and traditional agriculture. Farmers often follow GMO-free municipalities by founding GMO-free regions and vice versa.
In addition, action is being taken at the state level. STC writes: 10 out of 16 German Federal States have declared their anti-GMO attitude. This is a strong political signal to the central German government which is very much in favor of GMOs