Precaution without Principle
Byline: Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The European Parliament voted earlier this summer to change the way it regulates gene-splicing, or genetic modification (GM) technology, possibly opening the way for the lifting of the EU's 5-year-old moratorium on approvals of new gene-spliced crops and foods. The EU's spin is that this "progress" should induce the United States and other complainants to drop their World Trade Organization grievance against EU regulation.
This is no more than a negotiating ploy: The legislation makes the EU an even less hospitable environment for gene-splicing, not a better one.
While literally thousands of studies show the risks of gene-splicing plants and foods to be minimal, their benefits are legion and their potential extraordinary. …
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Publication information: Article title: Precaution without Principle. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 10, 2003. Page number: A19. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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