(Posted Fri. Apr 24th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association expressed its disapproval of the new proposal by the European Commission to amend legislation on its genetically engineered food and feed approval process. Under the amended legislation, EU member-countries could ignore science-based safety and environmental determinations made by the European Union and further restrict or even eliminate imports of GE food and feed.
“The regulatory proposal announced this week would move the EU further from a reasonable, science-based approach to biotechnology approvals, making international trade partners subject to the whims of agenda-driven, emotionally charged activists,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “If enacted the policy would not only harm potential markets for U.S. growers, it would harm consumers across the EU. Potential restrictions would deepen the divide between markets and create a patchwork system of laws which, much like proposed state restrictions in the United States, would be a train wreck.
“At a time when the EU has committed to opening trade through talks like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, this proposal would, instead restrict it and thus impede the growth of opportunities and jobs for Europeans and Americans alike.”