Introduction, GMO-Roundtable


The GMO-Roundtable was initiated by Béla Darvas on 15th September 2005 following a conversation with Zoltán Illés, the preliminary of which was a working dinner with ambassador of the United States. The majority of the initial members were admitted to the professional body, independent of political parties, based on the recommendations of Béla Darvas and József Ángyán.
The GMO-Roundtable is not an anti-genetechnology civil organisation. It is not opposed to but is in support of the national, original genetechnology research and side effect tests. At the same time it strongly urges tests that change in their methodology from case to case and calls the register of the species and permitting authorities account from environmental (in this aspect the Carpathian Basin) and nutritional science perspectives. It also considers its task to look at the conceptual questions of genetically modified (GM) species, together with technologies and economic systems that involve the Hungarian economy and society. Its aim is to provide impartial information to the decision makers, the media and the public.
The GMO-Roundtable, with the exception of the summer months, usually meet every other month on Thursday. It publishes its contributions and positions in writing, which are placed onto the websites of the Greenfo []. The GMO-Roundtable agrees to the ethical use of their publications and positions published this way, but requests that the author is contacted. The representatives of the media have the chance to take part in the first, public half of the meetings, where thematic contributions take place. In order to do this they need to contact Gyula Szalóki by e-mail, due to the password entry system.
The most significant successes of the GMO-Roundtable so far is supporting the work of the National Assembly (Environmental Protection and Agriculture) Committee, organising the National Assembly Open Day on 22nd November 2006, participation in the professional preparation for the 2006 modification of the law on gene technology, furthermore in the expert support of the five-party National Assembly resolution on the Hungarian strategies involved in some questions in connection with gene technology activity, its agricultural and food processing applications, as well as ensuring the media publicity of tests carried out for the potential side effects of GM plants.