Tuesday, February 07, 2006

WTO Watch: EU Restrictions on GMO Crops Violates Trade Rules

According to the Washington Post, a WTO dispute settlement panel has found EU rules restricting the sale of genetically modified foods violates WTO rules (the actual report has not yet been released publicly but for more background, see here). The decision appears to be a victory for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and other agricultural nations that rely on GMO crops. Given the seriousness of resistance to GMO goods in Europe, this decision will no doubt be appealed and dragged on for a few more years.


Blogger jpe said...

This is....what? the second decision? I remember reading a decision from a handful of years ago. The EU has gotta give it up (although we're no better [lumber and whatnot], that's for sure)

2/07/2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger Aaron Ostrovsky said...

This is the first decision, and from a panel so it can be appealed as well. And the EU has already given it up, so to speak; the decision deals with a regime the EU no longer has in place. It is now allowing some GM products through - although probably not as many as the opponents would like.

2/08/2006 1:02 PM  

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