Upbeat forecast for EU GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
The use of genetically modified crops will play a key part in Europe's economy by 2030. The development of high-performance crop plants will be necessary to meet food and fuel demands, as conventional breeding alone will probably not be able to produce the required yield increase. These are the conclusions reached in a paper, "En Route to the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy", based on six workshops held earlier this year by the German presidency of the EU. Participants were from a wide range of academic institutes and companies, including BASF Plant Science, Bayer BioScience and German seed company KWS Saat.