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Thursday, June 23, 2011

GM SEEDS: GM cloud hangs over responsible soy scheme!

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Ben Cooper
By: Ben Cooper | 22 June 2011.

The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) is up and running after five years of development with the first purchases of certified soy being made this month. But, Ben Cooper writes, the fact that RTRS allows GM soy to be certified has affected the programme's credibility with environmental NGOs.

This month is a significant one for the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a multi-stakeholder initiative set up in 2006 to define and certify a more sustainable form of soy production. The first purchases of RTRS-certified soy were made earlier this month, while RTRS unveiled an on-pack logo at its 6th International Conference on Responsible Soy in Buenos Aires last week.

However, while the multi-partite programme is backed by WWF, other NGOs, notably environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, have been critical of the scheme, particularly as it allows GM soy to receive certification.

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