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EU’s Zero-Tolerance Stance Could Spell Ruin

by 5m Editor
30 November 2007, at 10:32am

EU - The EU has come under growing pressure to relax its attitude toward GM crops after ministers warned the current system threatens to ruin the livestock industry.

The warning came at this week’s meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council as ministers urged the Commission to improve the approval procedure for new biotech crops.

Their fears are based on a report from the directorate general for Agriculture and Rural Development which found that under current regulations, the EU is facing a major feed shortage that could put up to a third of livestock farmers out of business.

Slow approvals of new crops and the EU’s zero-tolerance stance on unapproved varieties ran the risk of disrupting feedstocks, the report found.

The main problem comes from ‘asynchronous approvals’ with countries such as Brazil, the US and Argentina approving new crops at a much faster rate than the EU.

Source: FarmersGuardian

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