Romania should ban the import of genetically modified soybeans as long as Romanian farmers are prohibited from growing it by European law, the President of the Romanian Food Industry Employers’ Association Romalimenta, Sorin Minea, said during debates organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Bucharest, agerpres.ro notes. ‘At present, Romania has a major handicap created in the European Union by the prohibition of the growing of genetically modified soybeans. Romania once was a major soy producer in Europe and the production cost is much more advantageous compared to import soy costs’, Minea said. Statistics say approximately 40 M tons of GMOs are imported to Europe every year. Romania imports over 500,000 tons, mainly corn and soybeans.