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Posted on: 30 Jul 2012

200 Italian scientists and farmers have written an appeal to asks that Italy be given the possibility to compete in agriculture by putting a stop to the anti-GMO policy in Italy

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 7/6/2012 GAIN Report Number: IT1223 Italy Post: Rome Say Yes to GMOs or Italian Agriculture will suffer Report Categories: Biotechnology - GE Plants and Animals Approved By: Jim Dever Prepared By: Ornella Bettini Report Highlights: 200 Italian scientists and farmers have written an appeal to President Napolitano and Prime Minister Monti. The letter specifically asks that Italy be given the possibility to compete in agriculture ―both scientifically and economically―by putting a stop to the anti-GMO policy in Italy. 200 Italian scientists and farmers have written an appeal to President Napolitano and Prime Minister Monti. The letter specifically asks that Italy be given the possibility to compete in agriculture ―both scientifically and economically―by putting a stop to the anti-GMO policy in Italy. “Without research and innovation in agriculture Italian farming is going to disappear. Italian farms must be able to compete in the global market, and, without product innovation, this is not possible.” Most of the food that Italy imports contains GMOs. Without GM feed, “Made in Italy” would not exist. Italy’s geographic indicators make extensive use of GM feed. The letter also points out the apparent contradiction between the prohibition of GM research, the cultivation, and the import of large quantities of GM feed. The Italian scientific community has clearly expressed the usefulness and safety of GMOs, calling for further research and testing of these products in the open field. Now is the time to act. The petition has been signed by 200 personalities, including Silvio Garattini, Umberto Veronesi, Luciano Maiani, Chiara Tonelli, Umberto Tirelli, Elena Cattaneo, Felice Cervone, Alberto Mantovani, Bruno Dalla Piccola, Carlo Alberto Redi, Piergiorgio Strata, Giulio Cossu, Luigi Rossi, Franco Nulli, Silvano Dalla Libera, Deborah Piovan, Duilio Campagnolo, and Marco Pasti.
Posted: 30 July 2012

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