Harry Kuiper: Genetically modified crops in Europe
Regulation, risk assessment and public attitude
Regulation, risk assessment and public attitude
US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically ...
Novella [another commentator] clearly has a double standard when evaluating research. The Monstanto study from which the French study replicates (but goes beyond 90 days of research to 600 days) uses the same parameters.
They use the same species of rats as Monsanto.
They use the same sample size as Monsanto.
To declare the French study has a conflict of interest but a multi-billion dollar corporation seeking approval of a new product which will generate hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in revenue does not is quite silly.
The rats were allowed to eat whatever amount of food they found desirable. Not exactly going to be a problem if the GM corn is completely safe since we should expect to see no negative effects if they hypothesis that GM corn is harmful is debunked.
It’s common knowledge that Monsanto inhibits independent research on their products. Apparently, according to Novella, it’s acceptable when Monsanto limits information but not when a group of scientists engaging in independent research limits exposure of the information to prevent a corporate backlash that Monsanto is known for.
German chemical giant BASF has announced that it will halt the development or commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, and move its biotech R&D operations to the US. The firm cited consumer and political resistance to transgenic plants in Europe for its decision.
BASF will now concentrate its plant biotechnology activities in North and South America, and the headquarters of BASF Plant Science will be moved from Limburgerhof, Germany, to Raleigh, North Carolina, US. BASF expects that this will result in the loss of 140 jobs in Europe.
'We are convinced that plant biotechnology is a key technology for the 21st century,' said Stefan Marcinowski, a member of BASF's executive board. 'However, there is still a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe - from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians. Therefore, it does not make business sense to continue investing in products exclusively for cultivation in this market....
The German chemical giant BASF is moving its transgenic plant operations from Europe to the United States, it says, because of widespread opposition to the technology.
The company announced on 16 January that it would move its plant-science headquarters from Limburgerhof, Germany, to Raleigh, North Carolina, and that it would no longer develop plants solely for cultivation in Europe. The division employs 157 people in Limburgerhof, plus another 63 at facilities elsewhere in Europe. BASF said that it would relocate 123 of those jobs to the North Carolina facility.
In statement , Stefan Marcinowski, a member of the BASF board of executive directors, cited “a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe — from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians.” The company instead plans to focus on plant biotechnology markets in the Americas and Asia.
In 2010 BASF secured European Commission approval to grow a genetically modified potato in the European Union (see A new dawn for transgenic crops in Europe? ), the first such approval in more than a decade. The company marketed the potato under the name Amflora, and it was engineered to produce high levels of starch and intended for industrial use and not food....
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