Agreement Will Force U.S. Exporters To Label GE Foods

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26 February, 2004
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Agreement Will Force U.S. Exporters To Label GE Foods

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Eighty-seven countries reached an historic agreement here today that takes concrete steps towards establishing new, internationally recognized rights to protect public health, sustainable agricultural production and the environment from genetic contamination caused by international trade in genetically engineered (GE) organisms.

“Although the steps taken were modest - addressing liability, labeling and information-sharing related to the international shipping of GE organisms - the consensus reached by the parties to the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety represented a sharp rebuff to the Bush Administration’s intensive behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts to undermine the treaty through a coalition of the bribed and bullied,” said Dennis Olson of the Minneapolis based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, referring to a few countries like Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina who often acted as US proxies during the five days of negotiations....

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