EU Ethics Group Recommends Adoption of 'Modern' Technologies

January 20, 2009 06:00 PM

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The European Group on Ethics (EGE) today met with Mariann Fischer Boel, the commissioner responsible for Ag and Rural Development, to present recommendations which include the adoption of "modern developments" in agriculture technologies. Among them, the group says the EU should revise their policies on genetically modified crops.

"In this opinion the EGE shows its awareness for the need for promoting innovation in agriculture in order to be able to feed the growing world population. It adds that technologies alone cannot provide final solutions to the challenges modern agriculture is facing in the EU and worldwide," states the EGE.

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The EGE recommended: revision of EU Common Agriculture Policy, technology impact assessment of agricultural technologies; the right to food; Sustainability of agriculture technologies; Food safety; Agricultural biodiversity; Soil and water protection; Biofuels; GM crops; Research in agricultural sciences; policy-making in arable agriculture; Global trade in agricultural products; Intellectual Property Rights system; Fair competition and "vertical monopolies”; Food prices; Societal aspects; Public participation; Responsibility of EU citizens; Food waste etc.


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