There are two other aspects of this story which need highlighting. Firstly, the European Commission retains the ultimate authority to approve this application, overriding the democratic process of decision-making by the member states' ministers. Secondly, the EU novel food legislation - not yet finalised - which is supposed to regulate gene foods, will contain weak labelling provisions. Our research suggests that in nine cases out of 10 consumers will be denied the right to know that their food has been the subject of genetic manipulation.
Whether you think gene foods are the best thing since sliced bread or view them as a dangerous interference with our food supply, consumers should at least have the right to choose. Is the gene food industry afraid to put its products to this test?
Hiltrud Breyer MEP
Patricia McKenna MEP
Steve Emmott Genetic Engineering Co-ordinator, Green Group in European Parliament, Brussels