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Oct 12, 2017

Hungary presents European Soy declaration in the European Parliament

Leguminous crops play a fundamental role in sustainable agriculture, food security, reducing the effects of climate change and healthy nutrition

Hungary’s deputy agriculture minister has presented the European Soy Declaration signed by 14 EU member states to the European Parliament.

The declaration is part of the government’s attempts at promoting the production of protein feed and the creation of a system of tools to provide a GMO-free protein source for animal husbandry sectors.

István Nagy handed over the document, an initative of both Hungary and Germany, during a session of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on September 25th.

“It is no overstatement to declare that Hungary has become one of the flag-bearers of initiatives and programs aimed at GMO-free protein autonomy within the European Union,” Nagy highlighted.

Nagy added that leguminous crops play a fundamental role in sustainable agriculture, food security, reducing the effects of climate change and healthy nutrition.

“It is the firm belief of the Hungarian government that the future of competitive and sustainable food production lies in CNP-free cultivation. In 2014, we launched a program to lay the foundations for GMO-free food production, in which leguminous plants play a very important role,” Nagy said.

“In Hungary’s opinion, Europe needs a new and comprehensive protein policy in agriculture and within the field of food production. This policy must replace the dependence of animal feeds on imported soya beans,” he added.