Spain questions scientific advice on GMO crops
A month after the end of the EU moratorium on new GMOs, Spain has announced that advice from 'independent researchers' is now needed.

Posted June 25, 2004, The Spanish government is preparing to challenge the recent lifting of the six year long EU moratorium on new GMO products. The EU's ban effectively ended on May 19, 2004 when the Commission approved the genetically modified sweetcorn variety Bt-11. This happend after new EU rules on labelling and tracability had come into force.

Spain's Socialist Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said on June 22 that the government would now seek the advice of independent researchers. She questioned whether it was wise to continue the country's extensive cultivation of GMO crops, and went on to accuse the previous conservative government of authorising a massive extension of GMO crops without waiting for scientists to reach a definitive opinion.

"We want to reinforce independent research in this area, and I underline the word independent, because in this country, where there is little scientific investigation, many researchers are privately financed by companies that want the research to have a specific conclusion," Narbona said.

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