Czech scientists demand rational regulation
News Jul 15, 2009
Czech scientists demand rational regulation - Andy Apel, GMOBelus , June 17, 2009 1:36 pm The Czech Republic became a Member State of the European Union in 2004, and as a consequence, must "harmonize" its laws and policies with those of the EU. That means, of course, crushing agricultural biotechnology out of existence and hounding researchers mercilessly. A new publication by the Biology Center of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic proves that Czech scientists aren't feeling very harmonious with the neo-Medieval regime. Titled a republic? Czech the from experience research and regulations EU crops, modified genetically Book: White>begins with a short, bold prologue: The history of major human discoveries shows that fundamentalistic ideology, ignorance, and greed often suppress the truth, but only for a certain period of time. This book was prepared with the desire to shorten the period of false apprehension of GM crops in Europe. The 96-page book can be downloaded free of charge. "Unfortunately, recent European legislation concerning GM crops does not consider scientific findings but appears to be based on an unjustified belief that transgenesis is the only selection method generating risk", the authors say (p. 11). The book ends with a call by Czech scientists for an end to unscientific European regulation of GMOs, and with a long list of signatories -- showing that not all European practitioners of green biotech are completely cowed.
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