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Europe's Opposition to Crop Biotechnology

Post by fbaeblog » Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:43 am

There is general feeling that the Europe has closed its doors on agricultural crop biotechnology. This is not true. Genetic engineering, especially in the agricultural field is very much alive in Europe. Dr. C Kameswara Rao, a biotechnology scientist from India, in his blog, FBAE Blog, writes that despite the ongoing campaign against genetically modified foods by anti-biotech activists, the European Union (EU) has approved about 190 genetically modified crops for field testing.

Another pointer to the changing attitude about genetically modified foods in Europe, according to Dr. Rao, is the fact that the EU agreed to lift a moratorium it had slapped on biotechnology foods in 1998.

Dr. Rao also cites a survey conducted last year which found that most Europeans agreed that biotechnology has the potential to improve people’s lives. The survey, Eurobarometer 2005, also found that Europeans supported biopharming, the use of genetically engineered plants in the production of pharmaceuticals. To get more details about this study, go to Dr. Rao’s Blog at http://www.fbaeblog.org.

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Post by seaseasea » Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:43 am

Anything which is helpful to human should be developed all over the world.Biotechnology is also a powerful tool to improve the life of human beings.
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Post by mkwaje » Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:19 am

That is good news for the biotechnology industry!

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Post by victor » Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:33 pm

Not only human...think also about the biosphere diversity..
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agree

Post by ceydakansu » Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:02 am

Agree victor for conservation. There are reports showing the aggressive growth of GMO plants over non-GMO. If we loose diversity, there will be no DNA to play with.

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Post by sachin » Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:39 pm

I m student of Entomology, We have agricultural entomology in our sillyb.

I have studied that, In normal/ conventional conditions if we use non modified crops then they last longer as they have fertile and true breeder progenies. Against this GM plants are mostly not true breeders, so we have to bye seeds again and again.

In India this have an issue of great attension as many farmers commiting suiside, Due to less or no profit.

And the problem of pest is increasing year by year as practice of mass cultivation is increasing. So farmer have to buy insectisides that costs more and cause drastic affects on soil after years. This one of the reasons for Suiside.

So I think GM plants are OK for some extant, till they are safe for environment.
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