GMO in Croatia

We can all agree that genetically-modified foods are gross. Unfortunately, they have a huge arsenal behind them pushing their way into country after country. Over the past decade, Croatia has implemented laws to prevent that from happening despite pressure from the United States.

These laws do not ban GMOs outright, but certainly make it very difficult for GMO products to exist in the Croatian market. At this time, GMO seed is not allowed in Croatia. There is a further ban on the release of GMO in protected areas, tourist destinations and buffer zones, which allows individual counties and cities to further declare themselves GMO-free.

Five counties do allow imported products to be sold, if only on a small scale. The below map highlights the counties that are GMO-free.

All 21 counties have signed a resolution saying they see no need to introduce GMO products into the supply, echoing the 80% of Croatians who wholeheartedly agree. Here is the latest on GMO in Croatia.

It is too soon to tell how Croatia’s entrance into the European Union will impact Croatia’s desire to be GMO-free considering the stranglehold Monsanto has on the EU. Only time will tell.

Do you think Croatia will fight back against the lax EU GMO policies?

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2 thoughts on “GMO in Croatia

  1. Roy
    October 20, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

    This is really good to learn. I had heard that Croatia was pretty strict regarding GMO production and products, but the ban in all counties is nice to hear. I wonder what the status is of the German Bayer buy-out of Monsanto… And, for that matter, Monsanto's appearance at the UN tribunal recently??

    On another note, I'm really intrigued about developments in Croatia regarding industrial hemp production over the last several years. If you have more information I'd love to see it. I know that industrial hemp fields have been allowed since about 2013, and that only the flowers are cultivated and shipped to Slovenia and elsewhere for commercial hemp seed oil production. The rest of the plant (which can be two meters+ high) is destroyed by the authorities to prevent abuse (?!) or further illegitimate use of the plant – a shameful economic waste when there are dozens of markets for the discarded portion of the hemp stalk… But whatever; even baby-steps into these emerging markets are refreshing.

    I hope this comment isn't too far afield for your blog. Cujemo se!


    • Sara Expat in Croatia
      November 7, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      Hi Roy,

      Thank you for the comments! Croatian has made some progressive steps, but it is still a very conservative country. For hemp specifically, they approved medical uses in very extreme medical cases in the last couple of years.




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