Illegal BASF GM Potato Found In Sweden

BASF has EU approval to grow a strain of GM potato called Amflora, however, Greenpeace has highlighted to the European Commission that BASF is growing the experimental Amadea variety in Sweden.

According to the redOrbit report, “human error” was the cause of  the Amadea variety being grown in Sweden – the European Commission was told by BASF that the wrong seed was accidentally fed into the wrong tube.

The European Commission investigators want answers on quality control checks at laboratory level in Germany as well as fields in the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden where Amflora is grown. The European Commission will send a team next week to “clarify the magnitude of the contamination in all seed lots of Amflora,”

Marco Contiero of Greenpeace said BASF “has not answered if other countries also have this problem” and urged that all Amflora sites, starting with Sweden, be destroyed as a precautionary measure.

Regional authorities in northern Germany have already moved to ban Amflora, however, Swedish officials have only ordered that all potato fields planted on 11th June be cleared of Amadea but will allow Amflora plants to remain despite the contamination.

When it comes to GM, the best precautionary measure is not to allow such planting.  Time and again, EU citizens have said “no” to GM yet governments are still trying to persuade us to say “yes”.

The Seed Savers article from the New Internationalist is well worth reading as it highlights some of the issues with GM.

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