Good Agricultural Practice:

The methods of land use best suited for agronomic and environmental sustainability are described in several different Codes of Practice developed by producers, importers, retailers and government bodies.

With the commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops, it has become necessary to include measures for co-existence in the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP). The member states of the European Union are required to develop and establish such rules independently, although the EU will review these regulations in the future and decide if these measures are sufficient, or if a uniform EU regulation will be needed.

Measures of GAP include informing neighbouring farmers of planned GMO cultivations, maintenance of isolation distances and buffer zones, thorough cleaning of machinery and separate handling/storing/transporting of GM and non-GM crops.


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