When it comes to GM food, the EU needs to wake up from its political inertia, according to biotechnology pressure group EuropaBio.
The organisation, responding to what it sees as an opportunity being passed up, is holding a conference on 13 March 2007 in Lyon, France, to discuss the issue.
Panellists will include Dr Hans Kast, president and CEO of BASF Plant Science Holding, and Dr Bernward Gerthoff, chairman of the German Association of Biotech Industries-DIB.
'The proven benefits that green biotechnology can bring to farmers, the environment, consumers and society are already acknowledged and recognised by many at European level,' said the organisation.
'Despite a very stringent regulatory system for the assessment, approval and monitoring of agricultural biotech products put in place in Europe, there are still endless debates between opponents and advocates.
'Such debates result in a highly politicised European process for produ