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Playing the long game for GM crops in Europe

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Science on the Land

Is Europe a no-go zone for GM crops? Those are genetically modified crops, also called genetically engineered (GE) crops or biotech crops. Whether we’re a no-go zone for GM depends on whether you look at the short game or the long game.

We mostly don’t grow GM crops here in Europe but we benefit from them here. Perhaps we’re crying NIMBY. Not In My Back Yard.

Here’s how the short game looks. The US biotechnology giant, Monsanto, is no longer trying to get new GM crop approvals in Europe. It’s just keeping on with its insect-resistant GM maize (corn) called MON810. The German chemical giant, BASF, is no longer aiming for commercial success with its stodgy-starched GM potato called Amflora.

Charlie Dunmore at Planet Ark tells us that Monsanto will soon withdraw its requests to the European Union (EU) to approve new GM crops. ‘Monsanto Co said…

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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