By David Lohman Posted May 11, 2018 07:12:54US President Donald Trump has made clear he is not a fan of GMOs.
But he also has a history of ignoring public opinion when it comes to GMOs, including a promise to ban GM crops during his campaign.
The US has never banned GMOs and has never stopped importing GM crops, as it has done for decades.
It is, however, a little bit unusual for the US to impose restrictions on imports and exports while refusing to regulate them.
For example, US law requires that if a US manufacturer of genetically modified seeds imports a GM crop, it must label the product and report it to the US Food and Drug Administration, but the law does not prohibit the importation of GM seeds if they are not labeled.GM crops are now widely available in the US, with the United Kingdom now the largest market for the crops.EU leaders, meanwhile, are taking the first step toward ending a trade war that has seen the EU use its veto to stop imports of European Union seeds and plants.
The EU’s Trade Commissioner, Jyrki Katainen, said in a statement Wednesday that he is seeking an agreement on the « importation and sale of EU seeds and plant varieties to the United States. »
The EU also wants to remove barriers on EU products.
The United States is the largest importer of EU crops, but there are a number of countries with lower import volumes.
For example, the EU is the world’s second-largest exporter of corn seeds, after the United State.
The EU is also the world leader in rice.
But the US has the largest number of US corn seeders, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and its own agricultural export data shows that US rice shipments were down almost 30 percent since the start of the year.
While the US is the biggest exporter, the US Department of State reports that its imports from the EU were down nearly 9 percent compared with the same period last year.
US rice exports from the European Union were up nearly 15 percent last year, the department said.
The EU is trying to keep its influence on US policy.
Last month, the European Commission proposed the creation of a Commission « working group » on US trade policies to consider how to create new incentives to promote the use of non-GM crops.
This would involve a study on whether it is feasible to create a « regulatory mechanism to facilitate the export of US seeds and varieties without any significant barriers. »
The proposed commission report will be presented to EU leaders next week, according the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström.
Malmstrøm said in an email to The Hill that she is not in favor of using the EU Commission to « rescue » American crops.
But she said the EU can offer incentives and incentives that will not be effective for the EU.
The European Commission has a long history of supporting US agricultural policy and policies that benefit multinational companies.
In 2013, for example, it pushed through a new EU directive that would have given companies special protections to protect their investments in US agriculture.
Malmstrom also noted that a few EU countries have been willing to consider more liberalized agricultural policies for the past few years.
« We think that the EU should be able to do this as a member state of the WTO, » Malmstrom said.
« There are many countries that are doing that already, but we don’t want to have the US as the biggest market. »
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