A method to its madness

The European Commission’s approval of some genetically modified foods has angered many, but should be seen as part of a broader effort to manage the pressures from member states and trade partners.

Over the course of 2009, the European Commission incurred the wrath of national governments, European parliamentarians and environmental interest groups by proceeding, quietly and methodically, to approve genetically modified (GM) foods and crops to which the public is largely opposed. 

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