BIOTECH THINK PIECE

BY DEIRDRE MASON
THE EUROPEAN Commission's new proposals for a comprehensive policy on biotechnology wobble precariously on a political and economic tightrope. Launched in January this year with the aim of provoking serious discussion throughout 2002, this action plan faces the nutcracker pressure of a Europe about to expand rapidly to take on countries with agriculture in varying states, and an America that is striding ahead, gobbling up the world markets for genetically altered or developed crops.

The European Union is determined to compete on equal ...


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