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American Farm Bureau Alarmed by EU GMO Recommendations

American Farm Bureau Alarmed by EU GMO Recommendations

28 April 2015

US - The American Farm Bureau praised the European Commission (EC) for authorising GMO crops for food and feed, but announced its alarm at proposals for new regulation by member states.

The EC recently authorised ten new GMOs and renewed authorisation for seven others for food and feed use.

The American Farm Bureau said the EC had conducted 'careful and scientific analysis' in the face of fierce opposition by anti-science and anti-trade forces on the continent.

However, the Bureau was alarmed by the EC's decision to recommend that individual states be permitted to opt out of importation or use of the products within their own borders.

The Bureau sees the recommendation as undermining the role of science and fragmenting the single market in Europe.

This proposal would have major effects on GM crop exporters such as the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina, which would lose important customers and face increasing uncertainty in European markets to which they still had access, the Bureau said.

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