Biotech Updates

Europe Should Change Agricultural Policies, Says IIED

June 3, 2011

Europe must change its agricultural policies and include farmers as participants in agricultural research. These changes must be made if Europe is expected to reduce loss of biodiversity. "Farmers' freedom to choose the seeds they plant and to use them to develop improved crop varieties and biodiversity-rich farming will be key to Europe's response to climate change," said Michel Pimbert of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a non-profit research institute based in London.

"Europe's agriculture policies are preventing us from adapting to climate change. They are also bad for biodiversity since they force farmers to use an increasingly narrow range of seeds and animal breeds," added Pimbert.

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