GMO dispute raises novel issues
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are at the centre of an international dispute that is pitting trade and market access obligations against the sovereign ability of nations to regulate environmental and food safety. John Boscariol and Orlando Silva report
In May last year, the US, Canada and Argentina initiated a World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge to the European Union’s (EU’s) genetically modified organism (GMO) approval system. Noting that the EU had not granted a new GMO product authorisation over the past six years, the complaining countries are arguing that the EU is maintaining a de facto moratorium that is without scientific basis, unnecessarily restricts international trade in biotech crops, and therefore violates EU obligations under a number of WTO agreements.
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