In this discussion one can not generalize and speak of "European" caution
because attitudes are different from one european country to another.
Germany and Austria have a long tradition of opposition against genetic
engineering, which is a sensitive subject in those countries since WW II.
Opposition to GE in France and the UK seems to be more recent, it developed
mainly as a consequence of increased caution regarding food after the
problems with mad cow disease (BSE). Furthermore in France, the fact that
genetically engineered products come from American companies makes it a lot
simpler to be against them.
Hayo van der Werf
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