This document present the position adopted by french organisations who initiated a case to the french Conseil d’etat against commercial authorisations given for seeds and cultivation of varieties made tolerant to herbicides. A case which led to the referral to the EUCJ regarding the GM or non-GM status of mutagenesis and so-called New breeding techniques”.
A growing number of Varieties made Herbicide Tolerant (VmHT) and plants that civil society organisations call"hidden GMOs » are grown and marketed without risk assessment, labelling or post-market monitoring.
Beyond the infringment of the precautionary principle, and health and environmental protection, these hidden GMOs are also imposed on organic farmers and consumers who do not want them. They are also instruments of the appropriation of living beings through patents and the encouragement of biopiracy. This paper analyzes how a correct implementation of European regulations, taking into account international conventions, can put an end to such practices.
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