The grocery chains join forces against genetically modified food

Demonstration against genetically modified foodOSLO. Demonstration against genetically modified food. Photo: Heiko Junge / Scanpix

The three grocery giants Rema, Coop and Norgsgruppen join forces in an attempt to get the government to prevent Norwegian consumers from getting genetically modified food.

Coop CEO Geir Inge Stokke, quality director Erlend Nesset, Norway and Rema 1000 manager Ole Robert Reitan writes in an article in the newspaper VG on Thursday that they ask Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen say no to imports of corn which is genetically modified to be  resistant to pesticide which is banned in Norway.

– Our food has to be safe for humans and the environment, they maintain, pointing out that we  this autumn may be at a crossroad when the government  decides whether to ban imports of the contested corn 1507, which has been modified to withstand pesticide glufosinate ammonium.

– Norwegian consumers are very skeptical of genetically modified foods. We believe that this kind of corn is poorly suited to the Norwegian market,  Nesset says to the same newspaper.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today