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French President urges research on GMOs

French President Francois Hollande has spoken of the need for France to continue public research on genetically modified crops, reports newswire AFP. Despite the fact that French consumers are hostile to GMOs, he says that the country’s researchers ought to be able to do their work in peace and maintain their expertise on biotechnology. French researchers have been on the back foot and have had to repeatedly justify their work. Last year, the French national institute for agricultural research, the INRA, reiterated its role as a public research body aiming to inform decision making. The institute clarified its position in the face of accusations from lobby groups against GM crops.

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