IEA Author Calls for EU Action on GM Food

IEA author Roger Bate argues that the EUâ s position on GM food is misleading.

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IEA Author Calls for EU Action on GM Food

IEA author Roger Bate argues that the EU's position on GM food is misleading, internally inconsistent and has delayed the uptake of technologies that could save the lives of many in the developing world. The European Commission cannot even decide what constitutes GM food but has not dropped proposals for mandatory labelling. The argument for labelling is that GM food might constitute a health risk so people should have the opportunity not to eat it: yet there is no evidence that GM food is, indeed, a health risk.

The practical implications of labelling would be huge. It is virtually impossible to determine definitively that some foods are GM-free. Because other countries take a more pragmatic approach than the EU, trade would be severely inhibited by such a scheme of mandatory labelling.

Even the EU cannot decide what should be labelled. One of the more bizarre exemptions proposed is that for products s