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Farmer/Green Divide

The recent policy reversal in Europe on environmental obligations for farmers is not being welcomed by everyone. Greenpeace warns that excluding farms from emission reductions will ultimately hurt farmers as their crops fail under the burden of climate change. They are also warning that farmers will regret the adoption of new genomic techniques (NGT’s) as farmers find their seed options restricted by a few large technology providers and burdened by lawsuits. But farmers in Europe do not see it that way. Some are even calling for the resignation of EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski since he was the leadership during the Farm to Fork debacle.  The NGT decision is not complete as the Council of Europe debates issues...

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