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Parliamentary questions
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3 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003089-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Martin Häusling (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  <Titre>Genetically modified (GM) soy imports from Mercosur countries and their link to deforestation</Titre>
 Answer in writing 
The current fires raging in the Amazon have, in part, been driven by industry wanting to clear the way for more cattle ranching and soy cultivation. The EU imports vast volumes of soy from the region, mostly GM soy, which is used predominantly to feed industrial livestock for meat and dairy production. Given that the EU-Mercosur trade agreement has recently been negotiated, could the Commission please answer the following:
1. Could it provide an overview of the quantitative development of GM soy imported from all Mercosur countries (per GM crop), and of projected developments following the ratification of the EU‐Mercosur agreement?
2. How does it ensure that imports respect the Brazilian soy moratorium, which was put in place to ensure that soy is not cultivated on deforested land?
3. How often has food or feed containing GM soybeans that have not been authorised in the EU (i.e. they have not undergone an EU safety assessment) been detected in the official food control system since January 2017?
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