An SAU report says such advances could make it possible to feed the world and with an ever-increasing world population - conservatively estimated to more than double to 11.3 billion by 2010 - agricultural production will have to increase dramatically.
But the EU's decision to operate on the "cautionary principle" - avoiding any potential risks, is censoring innovation, the report argues. Professor Henry Miller, former director of biotechnology at the US Food and Drug Administration, said: "Biotechnology is widely misunderstood. It is seen as a sci-fi Frankenstein monster."
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