Seeking approval: The challenge with biotech crops in the EU

03.06.2014

Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine

Within the European Union (EU), fewer GM products are being authorized for import each year and it is taking longer for those products to get through the politically driven multi-level approval process. 

"The delay is twice as long to have something approved in Europe compared to the United States; it takes an average of four years in the EU to approve GM products for import, while the US is aiming at 1.5 years. This difference in the pace of approvals for GM crops that have already been authorized elsewhere leads to costly trade disruptions," says Nilsy Desaint, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Green Biotechnology Europe, a unit of EuropaBio (the European Association for Bioindustries). 

The full article is available here.