Germany - Agricultural biotechnology, annual report
May 22, 2012
USDA/FAS GAIN report GM 12012
German society remains conflicted regarding plant biotechnology and this is reflected in mixed policies and messaging. Public rejection is widespread, there is no commercial biotech crop production, the government has banned the planting of some EU-approved biotech crops, and practically no foods labeled as “GMO” are sold in Germany. Germany‟s has world-class companies that develop and supply biotech seeds globally but these too are pulling back. In January, the German firm BASF announced that is it moving its biotech crop research operations to the United States. German‟s voting record in the EU on approving new biotech varieties has, until lately, been generally positive. Germany‟s livestock industry is a major consumer of imported biotech soybeans for use as animal feed. However, the industry is under steady pressure to move away from biotech feeds.
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Published: June 21, 2012
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