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 ...

Full access to this article can be arranged with permission from the client that first ordered it. Please contact us to request access. Entries are uploaded to our archive at least one year after being published by a client – free access is restricted to International News Services journalists for background research only. The article date indicates when copy was filed to a client, not when posted to this archive. Upon client requests, International News Services will remove such articles from the archive or not upload them in the first place. They are included to demonstrate the breadth of topics undertaken by the agency and also to help promote clients’ coverage.