Well surprise, surprise. It seems the EU is engaging in a bit of disingenuous activity of its own over its self-righteous disavowal of US GM. The ever-informative ICTSD brings us news that the EU has just approved of a GM potato--albeit one engineered by the venerable German chemical concern BASF. If this isn't not invented here writ large, I don't know what is:
In a departure from traditional policy, the EU has approved German chemical company BASF’s genetically modified (GM) Amflora potato for industrial cultivation. The move has sparked controversy over the crop’s antibiotic resistant properties, which critics say could impact antimicrobials - substances that help destroy or resist disease-causing microorganisms.Anti-GM = unscience. As if any reasonable person needed any more proof. Hopefully, this move by the EU will be the clincher in setting things straight there.
The decision to approve the GM crop for cultivation is the first in over a decade-the last being Monsanto’s MON 810 insect-repellent corn in 1998. The move is pivotal on two accounts: not only does it represent a change in policy of the traditionally GM-resistant EU, it also marks a departure from the collective decision-making tendencies of the body by deferring specific decisions on whether to grow the GM products to member countries themselves.
The GM Amflora potatoes are intended for industrial purposes, with the modification allowing the tuber to produce significantly more starch when manufacturing products such as paper and textiles. Conventional potatoes produce two types of starch; the Amflora consists nearly entirely of the type ideal for technical applications, reducing by-product and waste and optimising the use of potatoes for starch. These starch potatoes, the kind specifically used for industrial purposes, are most commonly grown and processed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, and Poland. Already, BASF intends to plant the crop in Germany and the Czech Republic, with Sweden and the Netherlands expected to begin cultivating the crop shortly after.