Title: Regulating coexistence of GM and non-GM crops without jeopardizing economic incentives
Authors: Demont, Matty ×
Devos, Yann #
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: Elsevier science london
Series Title: Trends in biotechnology vol:26 issue:7 pages:353-358
Abstract: The ongoing debate about the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM crops in the European Union (EU) mainly focuses on preventive measures needed to keep the adventitious presence of GM material in non-GM products below established tolerance thresholds, as well as on issues covering questions of liability and the duty to redress the incurred economic harm once adventitious mixing in non-GM products has occurred. By contrast, the interplay between the economic incentives and costs of coexistence has attracted little attention. The current overemphasis on the technical aspects and cost of coexistence over its economic incentives might lead EU policy-makers to adopt too stringent and rigid regulations on coexistence. Therefore, we argue for flexible coexistence regulations that explicitly take into account the economic incentives for coexistence. Our arguments provide a timely and important framework for EU policy-makers, who are currently struggling to implement coherent coexistence regulations in all member states.
ISSN: 0167-7799
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Division of Bioeconomics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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