If the claim that ‘GMOs were found in imported seeds’ is confirmed, the sector will be greatly affected

After the government granted new permits to genetically modified organism (GMO) corn and soybean varieties for use as animal feed raw materials, the threat of GMOs in cotton also emerged.

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Turkey, one of the three countries, is prohibited from using non-GMO seeds and imports of GMO cotton. This is an important advantage in the global textile sector in Turkey. However, it has been claimed that international companies producing GM cotton seeds have been pushing for import permits for a while. CHP Manisa MP Vehbi Bakırlıoğlu asked Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli about these allegations.

Emphasizing that the production and import of GMOs or their products are prohibited according to the Biosafety Law, Bakırlıoğlu said that only corn and soybeans are allowed for animal feed. However, even though it is prohibited, Bakırlıoğlu pointed out that there are reports that GMOs are found in cotton seeds, saying: “Although information is provided that this situation is caused by contamination, it is not known how GMO cotton seeds entered the country or where they were produced. Despite all the measures taken, even the rumors of cotton seeds and cotton oil containing GMOs will put our country, producers of seeds and cotton in a difficult situation in the international market ”, he said. Bakırlıoğl is a major cotton textile center, noted that Turkey is a strategic product for. Once upon a time, stating that the location is a major manufacturer of incorrect policies of acreage and cotton production in Turkey over the years as a result of almost half, Bakırlıoğl said:

“This process in Turkey, the world has become a major importing country. Although the production and cultivation areas have recently increased with support, production decreased by 40 percent and imports increased by 40 percent last year. due to the application of the conflict. The amount of foreign currency paid for imports exceeded 2 billion dollars. Decreasing production means increasing imports. “

Turkey’s Bakırlıoğl, the absence of transgenic cotton production in the world is in a place of three countries, stressed that the ban on the manufacture and import of transgenic cotton. Vehbi Bakırlıoğlu said: “This practice, which provides an important advantage for our country, has increased the prestige and value of Turkish cotton and textile products exported with the ‘FREE GMO’ label in the world.” However, Bakırlıoğlu noted that transgenic genes were found in cotton oil and cotton pulp used in feed in 2019, saying: “As we get closer to the planting process, it is claimed that transgenic genes are found in 2 types of seeds belonging to a company with a 35 percent market share of the cotton seed market. These claims are expressed by all the components of the market ”.


Incoming information threatening Turkey’s GM cottonseed Bakırlıoğl noted that based on the terms of cotton production and the textile sector, they underscored that these allegations are a significant danger. Bakırlıoğlu asked Minister Pakdemirli the following questions: “Are the claims that GMOs were found in imported cottonseed true? What is the GMO rate in the samples taken, does it meet the criteria specified in the legislation? Is this due to “contamination”? If there is presence of GMOs caused by contamination, how did these seeds enter the country? ”.

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