This morning I received an email from avaaz.org – an online activist community which promotes activism on several issues like climate change, human rights and in this instance genetically modified food.
The email explained how Commissioner Tonio Borg will be, in the coming days “granting approval to the first new genetically modified crop across Europe in 16 years despite serious doubts about GM’s long term health and environmental impacts.”
The motion is set to approve Du Pont’s Maize 1507 which is a crop designed to produce its own pesticide. Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech has already rejected the crop because of scientific evidence which concerns safety of GM crops. These include “contamination of organic crops and the environment; their impact on climate due to the excessive need for pesticides; the destruction of biodiversity and local agriculture; and the effects of GM food on public health” says azaaz.org.
Malta together with another 18 EU member states have already given the thumbs down to this crop. However, Tonio Borg has pushed through a compromise. This will let each state decide for itself whether to allow cultivation. Thos goes against EU wide policy and would open up countries to lawsuits from companies who want to push this crop.
It is well knows that Tonio Borg listens to us Maltese and that is why you need to write an email to him and let him know what you think of this.
- You can either use the avaaz.org tool by clicking here – https://secure.avaaz.org/en/sam_to_commissioner_borg/?blwlIcb&v=41302
- Or you can send him an email here.
- Alternatively you can also send him a message on Twitter – https://twitter.com/borgton
Here is my message to EU Commissioner Tonio Borg;
To EU Commissioner Tonio Borg,
Former Maltese Commissioner John Dalli approved a GM potato and his decision was reversed. Please don’t make the same mistake. I have personally really admired your work especially in the height of the Libya crisis and I was rooting for you when you were being grilled to become EU Commissioner. So far you didn’t disappoint (especially after you halted the use of bee killing pesticides)! Please do not approve Du Pont’s GM corn.
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