Biotechnology must remain part of EU-US trade negotiations

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Image via Truth About Trade & Technology.

The following is an editorial summary.

The United States and European Union are in the process of negotiating a sweeping free-trade agreement, but the EU’s long-standing suspicion of and heavy restrictions on genetically modified crops presents a sticking point for what could be a massive boost to the US and EU economies.

Farmer John Reifsteck frames the issue:

Here in the United States, our science-based regulations approve biotechnology as a safe tool of sustainable agriculture[…] In Europe, however, everything is political, including the regulatory process that controls what products farmers can use. Many scientific groups in Europe, such as Britain’s Royal Society, have endorsed GM crops[…] Yet European governments ignore these recommendations, preferring to let anti-biotech activists drive consumer ignorance and dictate policies.

So GM crops have become a major area of transatlantic disagreement—a non-tariff barrier to healthy commerce in food.

But we must not take biotechnology off the table, he argues: “Rather than taking biotechnology off the table, let’s make it a centerpiece.”

Read the full story here: Don’t Allow Biotechnology to be Taken Off the EU-US Negotiating Table

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