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International corporations may exert financial pressure on Armenia because of the law on genetically modified organisms (GMO), Head of the Association "For Sustainable Human Development" Karine Danielyan told ArmInfo.
The expert said that large international companies are behind the GMO propaganda, and the issue should be discussed at the political level. So, if the bill is adopted, the international corporations may exert financial pressure on Armenia. Danielyan pointed out the lack of surveys saying whether GMO seeds were imported to Armenia or not. "We can only make our suggestions, as untypical sorts of tomatoes have appeared in our market. One should not forget either that Armenia received a great quantity of soybeans as a humanitarian aid, and 90% of soybeans in the global market is genetically modified", she said.
She added that the law on GMO is a necessity for Armenia. The bill implies a ban on importation and use of genetically modifies seeds. Thereby the law will allow maintaining the endemic plants of Armenia. "If we look at the issue from the environmental point of view, our republic is the place where a number of species of plants originated. If the seeds prove to be genetically modified, we'll lose our endemic plants, and this will be not only our loss, but also a global loss", she stressed. According to the environmentalists, the bill has already been submitted to the Parliament.