171. The agricultural
and food use of biotechnology is already well established in other
major OECD countries such as the United States and Canada and
in major food producing countries such as Argentina and China.
Any undue delay, cost or burden in Europe will jeopardise the
competitive and productive position of our scientific, agricultural,
manufacturing and retail industries (John Innes, p 358) and hence
employment. It may also improperly restrict future scientific
developments. It will also unnecessarily deny consumers access
to the products of the technology. GMOs need to be regulated,
at least until our knowledge develops further, but it would be
extremely damaging if Europe's access to this technology was subjected
to inappropriate impediments.