[permaculture] Changing EU GM labels would undercut GM-free Exports
kathycarterwhite at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 14 23:13:29 EST 2003
Thanks, John Schinnerer. Here's my letter, which tells Zoellick that
changing the rules would be anticompetitive. Where can I email it to?
Honorable Robert Zoellick
United States Trade Representative
600 17 th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20508
Dear Ambassador Zoellick:
On October 18, 2003, the EU Journal set new rules tracing and labelling
gene-altered substances. US farmers who distinguish their food and feed
as GMO free would lose their competitive advantage in European markets
if the US were to lobby for changes in the EU rules, and I urge you to
take no action which would undercut the GMO-free standard which Europe
freely chose. The EU rule benefits some American farmers, and it would
be onerous to American GMO-free farmers to eliminate this competitive
edge. I'm sure that many American exporters who can meet the EU label
will stand prepared with Europe to refute any US efforts which would
undermine the competitive success of GM-free foods and feed.
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