While other countries fight to gain the right to ban genetically modified plants (GMs), the Romanian Agriculture Minster pleads in favor of growing GM soy.

GM soy was listed as forbidden culture in the European Union, Romania ceasing production after its accession to the EU, on January 1st, 2007.

Decebal Traian Remes, the Agriculture Minister, discussed the advantages of the GM soy cultures and stated that his ministry will support the development of GM soy within the European Union.

The Environment Ministry remained cautious while referring to the subject and announced that it would not open any time soon a campaign to support or fight GMs.

For the moment, Romania obeys the existing European legislation and does not grow GM soy, Environment Ministry officials say.