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."