View Full Version : Brussels plan to help 'speed up' the introduction of GM crops

11-02-08, 10:35 PM
27th October 2008
By Daily Mail Reporter (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=y&authornamef=Daily+Mail+Reporter)

Gordon Brown and other European leaders have drawn up plans to 'speed up' the introduction of GM crops, it emerged yesterday.

Minutes of a private meeting between 27 government representatives reveal that EU leaders also want to 'deal with' public resistance to the technology.

They also want 'agricultural representatives' and 'industry' - including biotech firms such as Monsanto - to do more to counteract concerns from environmentalists.
According to documents obtained by the Independent on Sunday, President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso called a series of meetings to discuss GM foods.

These were chaired by his head of cabinet, Joao Vale de Almeida.

The Prime Ministers of each of the EU's 27 member states nominated a special representative.

Britain was represented by Sonia Phippard, director for food and farming at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Minutes of the private meeting reveal the representatives discussed how to speed up the introduction of GM crops and persuade the public to accept them.

The products have to be approved by the EU before they can be sown or sold in Europe.

Public opposition has prevented GM crops being grown in Britain.

France, one of just three EU countries to grow them in any quantity, has suspended their cultivation.

11-02-08, 10:36 PM
I'm still hoping that the EU will hold out against the arrival of GM crops....and that the U.S. will wake up to the dangers.

11-03-08, 05:37 PM
Oh dear Islander - I keep looking for the place to give the thumbs up.:rolleyes:

11-03-08, 05:43 PM
Hahaha! Well, you got one and damfino how!