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Europe will lose out if it ‘closes the door’ to GM

Europe risks becoming a “museum of world farming” if it does not embrace genetically modified crops, according to the UK environment minister Owen Paterson.

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference in the UK on 7 January, Paterson said, “Well-regulated GM technology presents some of the biggest and most exciting opportunities for agriculture.”

Although there were “other tools in the toolbox…the longer that Europe continues to close its doors to GM, the greater the risk that the rest of the world will bypass us altogether”, he said.

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