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WTO GM Judgment – EU should stand firm

Immediate release (11 May 2006)

Calls to Carrie Stebbings on 0207 837 0642 and Pete Riley 07903 341 065

Reacting to the announcement of the judgment on the long running WTO dispute on the GM moratorium and national bans between the EU and the USA, Canada and Argentina, Pete Riley of GM Freeze said:

The USA and its allies have gained very little by making their complaint to the WTO and through this judgment. The resolve of the European population to avoid GM in the food chain is undiminished. The EU needs to stand firm against these bullying tactics and to continue to improve its GMO approvals system based on the precautionary principle – this judgment does not prevent Europe doing just that. The WTO is no place to decide complex issues such as GM crops – it’s a trade body and not able to cope with social, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues.

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Calls to Carrie Stebbings on 0207 837 0642 and Pete Riley 07903 341 065.