Stuttgart - 11 October 2012, the official adhesion ceremony of the Baden – Württemberg Land to the European GMO-free Regions Network has taken place at the Tempus Restaurant in Stuttgart in front of a audience of consumers, producers, institutions. The event has been arranged by the Baden-Württemberg ‘s Ministry for rural area and consumer protection in cooperation with the technical secretariat of European GMO-free Regions Network with the participation of Minister Alexander Bonde and the Network President Paolo Petrini. The Minister Bonde opened the ceremony, reaffirming the will of banning GMOs at federal states level to ensure food and feed safety, to protect producers, quality products, environment and consumers that are really concern about the issue. The Minister briefly presents the Ministry policy supporting quality and the relevance of joining the Network . Thus, President Petrini welcomed, on behalf of the Network, the Land decision to fully joins the Network guiding principles that fosters the Network action at European level. Petrini reasserted the position that grounds relating to local or regional environmental impacts, socio-economic and specific issues, should be accepted as legitimate reasons for prohibiting GMO cultivation, focusing on the need for transparent GM labeling to allow consumers a better freedom of choice, on the need of filling the gaps of existing statutory labeling requirements. An harmonized approach should be taken on this issue across the EU and a non-GM-label established at the European level: consumers and their associations, farmers and their associations, environmental associations and concerned institutions should be actively involved in the debate. After the the official signature of the Adhesion paper by the Minister Bonde, the cerimony ended with the presentation of some producers that showed their Non- GM quality products and production philosopy.