2019 Biomass and Land

Genetically modified organisms

Even though Turkey has been a signatory to the United Nations Biodiversity Convention since 1997 and Cartagena Biosafety Protocol since 2004, it only enforced the Biosafety Law in 2010. Even though the Biosafety Law did not allow the production of GMO crops, it permitted their import based on certain conditions. Thirteen corn varieties to be used as animal feed were permitted (Bt11, DAS1507, DAS59122, DAS1507xNK603, NK603, NK603xMON810, GA21, MON89034, MON89034xNK603, Bt11xGA21, 59122x1507xNK603, 1507×59122 ve MON88017xMON810). Twenty one GMO corn varieties, 3 colza, 1 sugar beet and 1 potato varieties to be used as human food; 3 colza, 1 sugar beet varieties to be used as animal feed and 22 corn varieties to be used as bioethanol are awaiting approval of the Biosafety Commission. By asserting the serious and irreversible damage risks of GMOs to human, animal and environmental health and the lack of data regarding their potential risks when used as animal feed, NGOs defend the ban of their importation based on the precautionary principle. Social movements and organisations have launched national campaigns which prevented for now the use of GMOs in agriculture.

Source: Ejatlas