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GMO Issue to be Raised at WTO Talks

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said that next month's World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting will address the genetically modified organism (GMO) issue from both sides. Trade barriers enacted by the European Union (EU) have frustrated concerned American manufacturers, and Glickman will most likely come out pro-GMO at the talks.

Among the issues he plans to address are the "trade barriers erected in the name of flawed science," such as bans on GMO crops, he said. Recently, Glickman said that U.S. agriculture has a significant stake in the outcome of the WTO trade talks, since approximately 1 in 3 U.S. acres is marked for export.

Glickman will suggest opening trade barriers and liberalizing trade policies to allow GMOs to enter other countries. His goals for the talks may be difficult to realize, however, since many of the countries rejecting GMOs, including the EU, reject them for public health safety reasons.

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