Dutch Parliament against RRII soy

November 13 2008

The Dutch Parliament has ordered the Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, to vote against the admission of GM soy variety MON 89788, in next week's Agriculture Council.

The motion to this end was an initiave of the Socialist Party.

Minister Verburg said in a short comment that the motion will be discussed in the cabinet, but that "Noone in Europe will understand this".

The Parliament is not convinced that this GM soy contributes to food security and reduced environmental contamination.

Verburg however, says not to see a reason to doubt the quality of the advice of EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, on the matter.