The EU-Ukraine association agreement will not have any direct effect on the operations of US agrochemical and seed producer Monsanto, a company representative told on Wednesday.
The EU-Ukraine association deal was signed in June 2014 and envisages Kiev implementing reforms in various spheres to bring it in line with the EU standards. Under the deal, Ukraine has to approximate its biosafety legislation concerning GMOs with relevant EU acquis. Up to 20 EU members states, out of the total 28, have opted out of growing GMOs, some of which Monsanto is known to be using.
Europe is seeing a heated debate on the GMOs. Such countries as Germany, France, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium seek total ban on GMO cultivation.
The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement establishes a political and economic association between Kiev and Brussels. It grants Ukraine expanded access to the EU single market once the country complies with all EU criteria. The deal has not come in force yet.
US agrochemical and seed producer Monsanto is not planning to build its own production facilities in Ukraine and plans to continue working with local partners to produce seeds, according to company's representative.
Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, has an office in Ukraine which was opened in 1992. The company says it sells maize, oilseed rape, vegetable seeds and crop protection products.
Monsanto is largely associated with the GMOs. Food producers and chemical companies claim there is no evidence that anyone has ever been harmed by GMOs, despite massive amounts consumed in the United States.
Activists, including many scientists, claim that GMO foods have detrimental effects on health, causing infertility and infant mortality in animals, among other effects.