Forbes.com: EU’s Nielson blasts U.S.

“If the Americans would stop lying about us, we would stop telling the truth about them.”

EU Development Commissioner Poul Nielson in GMO row with US, Reuters, 20 Jan 03; a little on biotech issues US vs. Europe. follow the link for more info.

Forbes.com: EU’s Nielson blasts U.S. “lies” in GM food row On January 9, Zoellick called the European view “Luddite”. He said he found it immoral that Africans were not supplied with food because people had invented fears about biotechnology.

He also said he favoured bringing a World Trade Organisation case against the EU for blocking imports of U.S. GM crops.

Nielson said Zoellick had gone too far.

“This is a strange discussion. Very strange,” Nielson told reporters. “We are approaching a point where I would be tempted to say I would be proposing a deal to the Americans which would create a more normal situation.

“The deal would be this: if the Americans would stop lying about us, we would stop telling the truth about them. This is a proposal for normalising the discussion.”

It was time for a more civilised exchange of views, he said.

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