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GM Crops â€“ Shaping the Regional Policy Stance
Based on our experience with the GM crops debate in the UK and more widely, Innogen was asked to tender for a contract to advise on the implications for the South West Region of declaring a GM-free zone within the EU. This request arose from our report on Innogen's first international conference, produced in January 2004.
Aims and objectives
In advising on the question of declaring a GM-free zone in SW the following issues were addressed:
- The economic and social implications of making the proposed decisions
- The lessons from the other EU regions in the network of GMO free regions
- Enabling the regions to influence the debate
- Advising on the deliverability of the Regional position
- Assessing the economic conditions and demographics of the South West to understand their competitive advantage as a predominantly agrarian region
- Identification of key regions in UK and Europe with clear pro- and anti-GM stances
- Identifying arguments on all sides of the debate, paying special attention to the economic and social considerations, and also including environmental and policy perspectives
- A brief analysis of EC policy and regulatory decisions on the setting up of GMO-free regions, transboundary movements of GMOs and co-existence of GMOs with conventional and organic farming
- A consideration of how EC policy and regulatory decisions are being interpreted by the UK government
- An up to date assessment of trends in public opinion on GM crops in the UK and Europe
- Review of academic and practitioner literature addressing similar issues in regional politics and policy making
Information sources included the Innogen Centre’s extensive database, its network of contacts, web-based information, additional academic and trade literature, telephone interviews and electronic communications.
The final report, which is confidential to SWRA, presented the implications of various decisions on the declaration of a GM-free zone for SWRA, from a neutral perspective.
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