EU policies on trade and development
How do EU policies on biotech crops impact trade and development?
The EU is the world’s biggest importer of agricultural commodities, many of which are based on GM crops. Yet, the EU's own system is falling behind other regions in approving these imports, so necessary to farmers to feed their animals. The EU needs to stick to the official timelines for GM approvals as stipulated in its own legislation. Moreover, the EU's reluctance towards the technology influences policy makers in a number of developing countries and slows down farmers’ access to GM crops that could protect yields and help increase farmers’ income.