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Another GMO fight likely

Europe and several of its top trading partners, including the United States, Canada, and Argentina, remain at odds over genetically-modified (GMO) foods.

The next round of negotiations is likely to occur in Montreal in late May or early June when representatives meet to work out the terms of a United Nations treaty, the Cartagena Protocol. It took effect in 2003, and aims to bring more transparency and control in international trade involving GMOs. The United States has not signed the treaty. Contentious issues are expected to include labeling requirements and documentation of GMO cargoes, and the percentage of GMO material that may exist by chance in a non-GMO shipment.

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