Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) | The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

APN has been working since 2005 to raise awareness on the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and it had played a key role in bringing this issue to the attention of public, private and civil society institutions. APN organized lectures, seminars, and campaigns and helped initiate technical multi-stakeholder committees focusing on GMO legislation in Jordan. 

  • In 2019, APN was nominated to join the Steering Committee for the “Implementation of the National Framework for Biosafety” facilitated by the Jordanian Ministries of Environment and Agriculture. 
  • In 2018, APN organized an urgent civil society meeting at its headquarters to discuss the dangers of allowing GM imports, which the American Ministry of Agriculture is trying to force into the Jordanian market. Members participating in the meeting released a collective statement , signed by 45 local civil society organizations, appealing to the government to reject pressures and refuse the entry of GMOs into the local market. The petition was announced during a press conference held June 26, 2018, at the Jordan Environmental Union.

(Watch the press conference). 


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  • APN joins a coalition of civil society groups, institutions and experts raising their objections in a workshop organized by the Jordanian Agricultural Engineers’ Association on September 24th, 2018.
  • In 2014, an APN delegation visited Monsanto test fields in the Jordan Valley to learn more about the company’s work and ensure compliance with the Jordanian Biological Safety Law and the protection of local seeds.
  • In 2008, APN joined the National Biosafety Committee to look at the dangers of GMOs, trade laws on the import and use of GMOs and the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
  • In 2005, APN held an international seminar in Amman to draw attention to the risks and impacts of GMOs.
  • In 2005, APN, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health – Primary Medical Care Department, gave a lecture entitled “Genetically Modified Organisms, Risks and Impacts.”

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