Recently the WTO ruled that the European Union (EU) had no scientific basis for imposing a moratorium on genetically modified crops. Policy expert Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute strongly concurs. Comments Conko: “The WTO essentially said that no existing regulatory standard indicates the need for a ban on biotech products. In reaching this conclusion, the WTO was aware that the EU had conducted risk assessments on biotech products and found there to be zero or negligible risk compared with non-biotech food. The importance of the decision is that the WTO reaffirmed that if a country conducts a risk assessment and finds no new risk, it can’t then ignore the risk assessment science and ban products anyway.”

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