Georgia bans import of GMO seeds

By Jamila Babayeva

Georgia banned import of genetically modified seeds without a licence of the Environment Ministry.

The Georgian government has approved a relevant bill on "Living genetically modified organisms" on December 19.

The turnover of seeds produced from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is growing in the world annually, Georgian Environment Minister Khatuna Gogaladze said after a government meeting.

"The purpose of the bill is to create a single state system of bio safety that will regulate the use of living genetically modified organisms," she said.

The bill provides a license, which will be required to use these organisms.

The scope of the bill applies only to the living GMOs and does not apply to genetically modified food and medicaments.