ARMENIAN AUTHORITIES TO TIGHTEN GRIP UPON USAGE OF GMO

SUMMARY: "A bill implying a stronger control over GMO usage was put on the Armenian National Assembly’s floor on Friday again."

A bill implying a stronger control over GMO usage was put on the Armenian National Assembly’s floor on Friday again.

Nature Protection Minister Aram Harutyunyan, presenting the bill to lawmakers, stressed its importance saying that certain mechanisms are needed for keeping GMO usage under control.

“Any genetically modified organism may be harmful to human health and life, and therefore we must regulate this matter – the bill is aimed at this,” he said. “The ministry wants to put together opinions and experience of respected international laboratories, but their work is not satisfactory now.”

The minister said people have a right to know what products they consumed. He said to put things right it is necessary to improve laws. Harutyunyan called on MPs to voice their proposals.

Artashes Ziroyan, chief of the nature protection ministry’s division in charge of management of bio resources, on his side, said that the bill proposes mechanisms which will leave no room for adverse impacts of GMOs on environment, bio diversity and human health or will lessen them.

He stressed that many experts had been involved in development of this bill . The bill was passed by the National Assembly at the first reading on October 21.

SOURCE: Arka
URL: http://arka.am/en/news/economy/armenian_authorities_to_tighten_grip_upon...
DATE: 28.10.2013