EU decision process hinders use of genetically modified trees

VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)

The researchers state that Europe is lagging behind in worldwide GM developments and call for a more scientifically substantiated decision process. Politicized decision process The European decision process is not only complex, but also unpredictable. After the risk analysis and a scientific conclusion from EFSA, it is still by no means certain that a European approval will follow. The fact that individual EU Member States can restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory for reasons having nothing to do with substantiated risks further increases this uncertainty. René Custers: Just like with other GM crops, the commercial developments in the field of GM trees are taking place outside Europe.

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