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For those who were already following Europe’s policy on GM crops last century, something strange is happening. Long teased by our cousins across the Atlantic for living in the world’s agricultural museum, we now finally appear to be travelling back in time to 1999. The similarities are startling. Let’s review:
In early 2015: the European Commission is planning to conduct a review of its GM legislation; there is a freeze on GM crop import authorizations pending this review; and the Commission, Parliament and Member States recently agreed that they would allow national bans on GM cultivation.
The parallels are so clear that you could be forgiven for wondering when not whether our trade partners are gearing up for yet another WTO case against Europe for their GM approval freeze, just as happened in 2003. This possibility was even mentioned during the eighth round of TTIP talks.
Given the similarities between then and now, […]

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