The US and Europe: on the threshold of GMO War

The United States accuses Europe of trying to undermine food security in the world, the EU proposes new rules that would allow any of the 28 members of the Brussels’ decision to abandon the “open road” cultivation of genetically modified crops.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, he pointed out that such a move has caused “serious concern” about the future negotiations on the transatlantic trade.

“If we are serious about global food security, we must be serious about the science that allows us to be as productive,” - said Vilsack eve of a meeting of agriculture ministers G20, during which they will discuss issues related to improving food security in the world.

“The EU’s decision potentially creates a serious obstacle to solving the problem of food security in the world” - he said in an interview with FT.

“In our opinion, this is not the view that we must be based on science and the laws of the system,” - said Vilsack.

The world has made progress in addressing problems such as malnutrition and food security, in recent years, he said.

Nevertheless, 850 million people in the world still go hungry, as well as the world population continues to grow, and on the horizon loomed the negative effects of climate change, we need to do more.

The answer to this problem is to increase agricultural productivity through technological innovation, said Vilsack. The experts believe that the need to increase productivity by 60-70% by 2050 to feed 9 billion people who will live on the planet at that time.

In order to achieve this, over the next 35 years it is necessary to increase the level of innovation in the field of food production is equivalent to that the world has made in the last 10 thousand. Years, said Vilsack.

In Europe, historically a more skeptical attitude to genetically modified foods, than in the US, which greatly hindered trade in such products.

Last month the European Commission proposed each member country of the EU to take decisions as to whether to permit or prohibit its cultivation in its territory of new varieties of genetically modified crops.

The move, which was also accompanied by a resolution of 19 additional genetically modified crops in the European Union was perceived as a political ploy aimed at something to reconcile those who oppose GMOs, in countries such as Germany and France.

However, such a decision immediately drew strong opposition from the United States.

Since then, the authorities in Washington have expressed anger not only about the impact of this decision on transatlantic trade and investment partnership, but also spoke of the possibility of recourse to litigation through the WTO if this proposal becomes law ……

19 May 2015

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