UK to Push in Biotech Europe?

The Independent in London reports that the country wants to get Europe on board with GMOs.

Published on: Jun 13, 2013

The science of biotechnology has been proven again and again around the world, despite naysayers that keep coming back. And apparently British authorities want to get the rest of Europe on board to approve planting and raising high-tech crops in that part of the world. In an exclusive story reported this week in The Independent the paper says officials want to get rules relaxed so farmers can plant the new-tech crops.

The story notes that 61% of UK farmers now say they want to group GMO crops after suffering a year-long bout of bad weather that cut into yields. And the paper notes that the "moral and ethical benefits of GM are being ignored by costly and bureaucratic licensing regualtions." Official fear they'll be left behind as the technology races ahead and other countries will become more productive as a result.

TALKING GMOs IN EUROPE: UK plans to push planting enhanced-tech crops for the future.
TALKING GMOs IN EUROPE: UK plans to push planting enhanced-tech crops for the future.

And they point to other technologies that these enhanced crops can offer including fighting disease and developing new medicines. The aim is to start a dialogue with officials in the region to get the ball rolling on biotech approvals.

The effort faces significant obstacles given that eight EU member countries already ban cultivation of GM crops. And while Germany would be considered the "swing vote" in this process, the Independent story notes that Poland just implemented a GM crops ban.

Check out the entire story at this link.