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Jan 25, 2012

Agricultural Biotechnology (GM) Food Companies Changing It Up in the EU

On 25 January 2012 EurActiv.com reported on how agricultural biotechnology companies Monsanto and BASF were changing their European operations.  Monsanto announced it would stop selling BT corn in France.  One week earlier BASF announced that its was tranferring its plant biotechnology operations to the United States. 

Adrian Bebb, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, welcomed these decisions as a victory for his organization's efforts to keep gene modified (GM) crops out of Europe.  Other such efforts include Green Party lobbying in the European Parliament to November 2011 to "rethink trade ties with Latin American nations that grow a large part of the protein plants used in animal feed in Europe ... many of these imports are produced through GM crops and therefore allowing GM crops into the food chain."

For more see: "Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market," EurActiv.com, 25 January 2012.

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