Italy opening up to gene technology
Italy used to be one of the EU Member States vehemently against green gene technology, but now the winds are changing. Italian Minister of Health Maurizio Sacconi declared last week in Milan that it was high time to lift the ban on GMO cultivation.
The minister said that the authorisation moratorium which has been ongoing for years needs to end. Instead, Italy should embrace the European principle of co-existence. Cultivation of GMOs and conventional methods of production must be able to take place side-by-side. The Lega Nord Minister is under pressure from farmers in Lombardy, the majority of which no longer wish to forego the advantages of GM maize.