Industry urges restart on EU GMO issues
European biotechnology industry association EuropaBio is urging the public and politicians to “reconsider” the discussion on genetically modified crops. The bid for greater public engagement comes after discussions on proposals to allow national restrictions on the cultivation of EU-approved GM crops ground to a halt last year ( Agrow No 648, p 7). The proposals, originally designed to speed up GMO approvals, had the opposite effect, with little progress made on the existing backlog of applications while the cultivation discussions dragged on. Since then, Tonio Borg has taken over as the new EU Commissioner in charge of the talks, but there are few details on how he expects to resolve the issue ( Agrow No 653, p 13). EuropaBio has issued a brochure, “Science not fiction: Time to think again about GM”, designed to overcome misunderstandings related to the technology.