Mandatory Segregation of GM Crops in U.S. Seen
as Prerequisite to New EU Approvals
EU Demands That US Segregate Gene-Altered Crops

From: "NLP Wessex" <>
The US has really fouled up big time with GMOs - that's what you get from a
nation fed on junk food. BST, hormones, anti-biotics, GMOs, irradiation....
As you sow, so shall you reap.

Three cheers for France and Italy for leading this cultural revolt. Now
there's two nations who really appreciate good food.

As for the UK - well, nowhere to be seen on this one. We know just about as
much about good food as the Americans. New Labour - new junk food. New
American president - more junk government?


Mandatory Segregation of GM Crops in U.S. Seen as Prerequisite to New EU Approvals
Joe Kerwin
Volume 23 Number 21
October 11, 2000

BRUSSELS--The only way the European Union's de facto moratorium on new GM
seeds is likely to be lifted is for U.S. farmers to be required to segregate
genetically modified crops from those grown from traditional seeds, say
officials from the European Commission, some EU member states, and a
nongovernmental organization. Commission officials say mandatory segregation
of GM crops is necessary because the blocking minority of EU member states
is demanding that new labeling, traceability, and accompanying liability
schemes be put in place before it allows any new approval of GM seeds.

France, Italy, Denmark, Greece, and Luxembourg are the EU member states
leading the moratorium.

Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström has criticized the de facto
moratorium as illegal and has unsuccessfully called for it to be lifted. No
new GM seeds have been authorized in the EU for more than two years. The
United States has lost more than $200 million in corn exports because of the
de facto moratorium.

Segregation 'Only Way' to Resolve Problem

"When analyzing how to meet all the demands of the blocking countries in the
EU, source segregation by farmers, especially in the United States, is the
only way we can see this problem being resolved," said a commission
official, who spoke to BNA Oct. 5-6 on condition of anonymity. "It is not a
position we are happy with, and it certainly is not the commission's
official position but it does seem to be the only way out of the situation
we are in." Officials in France and Denmark as well as representatives of
Greenpeace also insisted that source segregation of GM crops was required to
meet their demands on traceability, labeling, and liability.

"If there is to be an effective labeling and traceability scheme, you have
to have source segregation," Lorenzo Consoli, a Greenpeace spokesman, told
BNA Oct. 6. "And in order to have a workable, effective liability scheme,
there need to be traceability and labeling schemes."

GMO Directive

The commission assessment that source segregation is the only way to break
the deadlock on genetically modified organisms in the EU comes on the eve of
passage of a revised EU Directive 90/220 on Deliberate Release of
Genetically Modified Organisms, which took more than five years to negotiate
(INER Reference File 4, 191:0301). The EU member states and the European
Parliament are scheduled to begin a Conciliation Committee negotiation Nov.
19 to work out differences in the legislation.

Because the revised legislation approved by both the EP and the Council of
Ministers does not have liability or traceability schemes, the five blocking
EU member states are insisting they will not lift the de facto moratorium.

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