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2012-01-18

Europe Wins a Battle in the War On Terror-Foods

Here's a little bit of positive news to help you over the mid-week hump. BASF, one of the largest biotech and chemical companies in the world, has announced it will halt all GM (genetically-modified or engineered) operations in Europe due to a lack of acceptance.

That's great news for the EU, but BASF says they will relocate the headquarters of its Plant Science group from Limburgerhof in Germany, to Raleigh in the USA...not so great for us in North America. BASF will be concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on its main markets in North and South America in the future.

We are convinced that plant biotechnology is a key technology for the 21st century. However, there is still a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe – from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians,” said a member of the BASF board of executive directors. BASF added that the decision to relocate to the USA was taken because there is “less resistance” to genetic-engineering.

While this means BASF is admitting that Europeans don’t want GM crops, Europeans are not alone in rejecting GM food. BASF’s retreat to the Americas follows a string of defeats for the GM industry over the last two years in China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, over 90% of global GM food crops are grown in just four countries in the Americas, including Canada and the US. C'mon North Americans, we gonna sit back and let the EU and Asia take the lead on this, or are we going to fight back too?

"...and when you know all along that it's just one life,
at what point does one fight?"
-- Jay-Z


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2 comments:

  1. Hi there,
    I was just wondering if you know how to tell if a food we are eating is GM? I don't like the idea of it but I've never seen it advertised on a package or anything.
    Is it something we have to look up online for each of the foods we eat?
    Thanks for your continued great posts.
    Tamara

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  2. Hi Tamara,

    Unfortunately, unless you're eating 100% certified-organic, I can guarantee you're eating genetically-engineered food. With cross-contamination of crops being such a huge problem and environmental concern, even those who eat all-organic may unknowingly be eating GM foods due to unavoidable crop contamination.

    In the post above, click the the second link under "Related posts," and watch the video. I think you'll find your answer there.

    Alternatively, you can copy/paste the following URL into your browser:
    http://www.knowguff.com/2011/06/chocolate-may-improve-cholesterol.html

    Thanks for reading!

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