Trade & Approvals

The trade in genetically modified feed is of crucial importance to the UK agriculture sector, as it is across the EU. It is estimated that around 90 percent of all soybeans imported to the EU are GM varities. 

As the UK leaves the EU it is vitally important that this trade is maintained, to ensure certainty for the UK livestock sector. The UK should also carefully consider the opportunities for boosting agri-tech in the UK through future trade deals. 

Currently all genetically modified crops (GMOs) go through a strict pre-market authorisation system before being put on the EU market either as part of imported agricultural commodities harvested outside the EU, or as seeds for cultivation in the EU. To find out more about the EU process, please see the EuropaBio website


Watch: Opportunities for agricultural biotechnology in the UK

This animation highlights the potential of the agricultural biotechnology sector to boost jobs, exports and the wider economy post-Brexit. This can be realised by building on the existing strength of the UK’s science base and pursuing more proportionate, science-based regulation of agricultural biotechnology. Acknowledging the existing requirement for GM products in the UK food chain, and the level of research into plant science in UK labs. 


Cultivating the Future: How can 20 years of GM debate inform UK farm policy?

Cultivating the Future is a series of essays authored by leading plant scientists, academics, trade bodies and politicians, celebrating numerous breakthroughs in plant technology and pioneering new approaches to food and farming since the first commercialisation of GM crops over 20 years ago.  [...]


EU Member States and GMOs

What they say and what they do. 


GMO import bans would cost Europe dearly

Quantifying the economic damage that GM import bans would cause to EU & MSs


The benefits of GMO trade


"Europe à la carte?": Best of video

Participants of EuropaBio conference discuss EU's dependency on GM imports, how the EC proposal to allow national bans could affect trade the internal market


VIDEO: GMO Imports: modifying the genetics of the internal market?

Video includes interviews with Beat Späth (EuropaBio), IFOAM-EU (organic sector) and Canadian ambassador, all suggesting national import bans make no sense!


The Journey of Mr. Maize to the EU

How do EU policies and procedures, including risk assessment, on biotech crops impact trade and the EU economy, including EU livestock farmers?  


Bureaucratic Barriers to Biotech

Despite past scientific successes, Europe is losing out on innovation. This is hurting innovation in agriculture and leading to a brain drain of scientists leaving the continent.


The GMOinfo website is a pan-European initiative supported EuropaBio and partners from across Europe, to provide factual information about GMOs to Europeans in their own language. The page is operated by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (abc) in partnership with EuropaBio.
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