Challenges and Risks of Genetically Engineered Organisms

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This book discusses the often diverging risks and opportunities associated with genetically engineered organisms in terms of the environment, food safety, and economics and trade. These issues were raised at the OECD Workshop on Challenges and Risks of GMOs - What Risk Analysis is Appropriate? Options for Future Policy Making Towards Integrated Agro-Food Systems, held in Maastricht, Netherlands, in July 2003.  Discussions also covered the relevant WTO Agreements and their relationship with other multilateral accords as well as  regional and national approaches.



The EU Legislation regarding GMOs and its Implications for Trade

The drafting of the new regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union (EU) has been a difficult and controversial task. EU regulators have been faced with the challenge of creating rules that address the possible risks to health and the environment from GMOs, in the face of scientific uncertainty regarding these risks. They have also had to ensure that the new rules will give consumers confidence in the safety of those GMOs that are approved for use in the EU. This is part of a general effort to address the erosion of consumer confidence in the EU regulatory system following several recent food-safety crises. As the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, ...


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