Italy speaks out against genetically engineered wheat

April 2, 2004 -- CropChoice news: Like Japan, opposition to genetically engineered wheat has been growing in Italy. In a recent conference at Italy's Agriculture Ministry, "all the food chain players, representing representing companies and enterprise associations (farmers, millers, industrial and handcraft processors, retailers), sentenced to death Roundup ready wheat and, in more general terms, GE wheat," said Luca Colombo of the Consiglio dei Diritti Genetici.

"The conference was attended by the main and most important players of the wheat chain and has been well covered by national media; we decided to invite as panellists only the private sector reps and to open a dialogue between the Italian market and the Canadian wheat system," Colombo said. "We presume that lobbying on Canada can result in a consequent strong market pressure on (the) US due to the comparative advantage that might be generated."