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EU shows limits on socio-economic study of GMO cultivation

The ability to assess the socio-economic aspects of the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the EU is limited, mainly due to the lack of statistically relevant information. This is the conclusion reached by the European Commission in its long-awaited report on the socio-economic impacts of GMO cultivation. The study, compiled from information submitted by EU member states, indicates yield benefits in the very few countries that grow GM crops, but the Commission criticises the information from others as “frequently based on already preconceived ideas about GMO cultivation”. It regards the report as “a starting point” and stresses that “discussions should shift from the polarised perceptions documented in the report to a more tangible and objective basis”.

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