First GM field trials authorized
Bratislava – In late-April, the Slovak government authorized field trials with genetically modified MON 810 maize at three undisclosed locations. The total area of the field trials is approximately 30 hectares. Although Slovakia has never had an explicit ban on GMOs, this year’s field trials mark the first time that GM seeds have been sown in Slovakia.
Public opinion in Slovakia is quite hostile toward GMOs. According to a 2004 poll, approximately half of Slovaks believe GMOs are dangerous to human health. Greenpeace has launched many campaigns to influence public opinion in Slovakia. Additionally, the bordering countries of Poland, Hungary, and Austria plan to remain GMO-free and are likely exert political pressure on Slovakia to conform.
The Czech Republic, on the other hand, is one of few European countries with a commercial GM crop production.