The European Commission has published guidelines for the development of strategies and best practices to ensure the co-existence of genetically modified (GM) crops with conventional and organic farming.

The Commission said the guidelines are intended to help Member States to develop workable measures for co-existence in conformity with EU legislation. The guidelines set out the general principles and the technical and procedural aspects to be taken into account, and provide a list of possible actions that could be tailored for implementation at national or regional or local level.

“We want to ensure that farmers are able to cultivate the types of agricultural crops they choose, be it GM crops, conventional or organic crops. This is why we need measures to ensure their co-existence.

“What is an efficient and cost-effective best practice is specific to national and regional or local conditions. This makes an EU-wide “one-size-fits-all” approach unworkable. The recommendations are based on the latest available research results, and provide a sound basis on which Member States should build their approaches,” said Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.

Further details on the guidelines can be found here.