USA, EU divided over GM trade

24 January 2000

USA, EU divided over GM trade

THE USA and the EU are heading for a new confrontation over genetically modified (GM) crops, which looks set to jeopardise plans to conclude an international “biosafety protocol”.

Delegates from more than 130 countries are meeting in Montreal this week to get agreement on the protocol.

Europe wants tighter regulation, whereas the USA insists bio-engineered crops should be treated no differently from other traded goods.

Negotiations broke down at a meeting last February on the issue.

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