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No GMOs, less competitiveness

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Friday, 24 February 2012

No GMOs, less competitiveness

According to African Agriculture, even if the latest study on  ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications), which focus on global trends in regards to gene-modified (GM) crops, seems to have better reception, some disagreement remains in Europe.
EU market is the biggest export market for the African agricultural commodities. However, GM crops for local consumption appear to be an increasingly attractive option for countries in the African continent. The growth of alternative, emerging or/and, non-EU export markets may encourage African countries to adopt Gm crops.
A recent French research shows the European resistance to higher-yielding and pest-resistant GMO crops may put the region’s farmers at a disadvantage in comparison to those which growing similar GM crops in other parts of the world. Accordingly,  Fabien Lagarde, director at French oilseeds technical institute Cetiom has said, "It's clear that in continents where they have access to these GM techniques, they will go faster than in Europe" .
The European Commission has approved one GM grain for cultivation, Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 maize. But several EU governments have moved to ban it because of their citizens’ fierce opposition.

Source: African Agriculture