A number of people in south Iceland have raised objections to the growing of genetically-modified (GM) crops in a greenhouse in the region.
The Agricultural University of Iceland’s campus in Ölfus has begun growing GM barley in one of their greenhouses, Vísir reports, which has not sat well with residents in the area.
A number of environmentalist groups – among them, a homeopathic centre, the Association of Organic Consumers, Slow Food Iceland and the Consumers’ Association of Iceland – have all written a formal complaint to the Environment Agency of Iceland. In their complaint, they point out that no environmental assessment was conducted in the area for what impact growing GM crops would have. They are calling for the permit to grow the crops to e withdrawn.
GM crops have been a controversial, albeit recent, subject in Iceland. Earlier this year, despite numerous objections, own council in the northeast region of Fljótsdalshérað have approved an operation permit for a company planning to grow GM crops in the region.