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Greens on Defense; Apparel Peril; NAFTA Changes Parties

Greens on Defense For decades the policy bible for Greens in Europe has included scriptures against GMO’s and nuclear energy. But GMO’s can aid sustainability and nuclear power is inherently carbon neutral. EU Commission leaders have spoken opportunistically about new genomic techniques (NGTs) and the French are leading a reconsideration of nuclear as a climate change weapon. But the clearest signal of change has been noted by Gerardo Fortuna and Natasha Foote at Euractiv. They note that the staunchly anti-GMO German Green Party previously called for opting out of any liberalization of NGTs but now that they run the new government in a coalition with more tech-friendly members, the cross-party agreement merely calls for more &l...

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