Center for Environment in cooperation with Ecological Organization Eko put from Bijeljina, February 10th, 2017, organized the projection of the documentary movie about the future of the food in the City Hall in Bijeljina. After the projection, participants had an opportunity to discuss and analyze situation related to GM crops in the region of Semberija, where the inspection back in 2015 had found illegally planted GM soy. Participants encourage discussions about this topic and supported efforts to raise public awareness about the risks related to GMOs, but also for projects that encourage conventional soy cultivation.
“Inspection had found in our fields illegally planted GM soy in 2015 and 2016. This control was only in the Republic of Srpska, because the Law on GMO in Republic of Srpska is very restrictive. At the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina there is also the Law on GMO, but less restrictive. The biggest problem is a discrepancy between these laws” pointed out Viktor Bjelić, vice-president of the Center for Environment.
Participants expressed concern because of the lack of interest for this topic by farmers, and think that farmers education could decrease illegal GM soy planting.
“Unfortunately, almost two years now there are approvals for import of soybean meal, originated from GM soy. There is requirement that all the bags with this feed are labeled as GMOs. It is a question for inspection if distributors realy respect these requirements” stated Radomir Prodanović, GIZ project „Danube soy“.
Center for Environment continues with the activities of informing the public of Bosnia and Herzegovina about GMOs. The campaign for the ratification of the GMO amendment to the Aarhus convention by Bosnia and Herzegovina is carried out with the financial support of the foundations GEKKO and Grassroots from Germany.