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PRRI Open Letter to EC Members

May 16, 2008

The Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI), a worldwide effort of public sector scientists involved in research and development of biotechnology for the public good, have sent an open letter to the members of the European Commission to aid them in their orientation discussion on biotechnology. PRRI expressed deep concern about the effects of the political situation in Europe affecting genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.

The initiative noted that despite clear EU rules and The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conclusions of GMOs not having adverse effect on human and animal health or the environment, EFSA opinions continue to be ignored. As a result of this situation, detrimental impacts have been felt both inside and outside the EU, particularly in the developing countries. The practice of violating the internal rules of the EU has damaged the credibility of the EU regulatory system and the goal of achieving sustainable agricultural production in Europe, said PRRI. In addition, developing countries have been deprived of producing cash crops for export to Europe.

For more information, visit http://www.pubresreg.org/.