EU farming groups express concerns about overly restrictive GMO regulations

November 5, 2013
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The restrictions on growing GM crops in the European Union are greater than anywhere else in the world. Efforts to change them provoke controversy and, because politicians cater to public opinion more than science, the restrictions remain in place.

In an effort to free the log jam, EU farming groups, including the NFU, NFU Cymru NFU Scotland and the Ulster Farmers’ Union, have added their names to an open letter written by the French Association for Plant Biotechnology to the Commission expressing deep concern about the effect of GM policies and regulations in the EU.

It calls for better access to the best crops including GM varieties ‘so that agriculture in Europe can be more sustainable and less reliant on imported products’, and says that the lack of options can lead to loss of income and missed opportunity for EU farmers.

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