Magazine article The Spectator

Globophobia

Magazine article The Spectator

Globophobia

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Following America's decision to lift tariffs on imported steel, one might have expected the European Union to have made a gesture towards free trade. Yet the European Union has just voted to continue a five-year-long moratorium on the import of genetically modified maize from the United States. The stated purpose of the moratorium was to allow the EU to carry out safety tests on the maize. These tests were duly carried out. Last year the EU scientific committee on food concluded that one particular brand of maize, Bill sweet maize, developed by the Anglo-Swiss conglomerate Syngenta, is 'as safe for human food use as its conventional counterparts'. But the EU regulatory committee, which has the final say on imports, voted to keep the moratorium all the same. Those voting against were France, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Austria.

One of Austria's reasons for disregarding the advice of EU scientists was that no toxicological tests have been carried out on the maize plants in their entirety. …

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