Germany Might Be the Next Nation to Ban GMOs

Germany has initiated a plan to ban the growth and sale of GMO crops, even if varieties are approved by the European Union

Germany would join dozens of other countries around the world that have limited or outright banned GMOs.

While the United States has just passed a bill that bans mandatory GMO labeling, countries worldwide are severely limiting the growth of genetically modified crops.

There are currently 26 countries worldwide that have implemented whole or partial bans, including France, Switzerland, Australia, China, India, and Russia. Germany may soon be the next nation to join that list, and the German government already initiated a plan to ban the growth and sale of GMO crops due to “uncertain health and environmental effects.”

According to the online farm journal Ag Web, the Agriculture Ministry has made plans to officially request that GMO producers exclude Germany when selling seeds in the EU. The opt-out will begin October 3.


“The German government is clear in that it seeks a nationwide cultivation ban,” Christian Fronczak, a representative from the Agriculture Ministry, told Bloomberg Business. “There’s resistance from all sides, from the public to the farmers.”