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Wednesday, 03 February 2010

Italy is 'weak point' of Europe's anti-GM defences

Italy is the Achilles heel of the campaign to maintain Europe's defences against genetically modified crops, a US report has said, adding that the region's consumers are not as opposed to the technology as is portrayed. </span><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt">With 65% of Italians supporting biotechnology, and the Vatican a "vocal advocate" of GM crops as a way of easing hunger in Africa, the country was a "good place to start" a campaign to "educate" Europeans about GM crops. "Italy may present uniquely valuable opportunity for improving public opinion about biotechnology in the EU," her report said. gaging Italy's consumers in the biotechnology debate could help battle the "minority composed of fringe groups and government officials [which] are responsible for Italy's ban on biotech crops and food", Cynthia Barmore, US Department of Agriculture attaché in Rome, said.

Source: Checkbiotech