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Politics or science?

At the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, GMA asked the U.S. government to take a strong stand against attempts by the European Union to push for its “precautionary principle” in international food policy.

GMA also wanted the U.S. to insist on science-based policies.

The precautionary principle is a political tool that allows economic, cultural and other factors to be taken into account when the scientific evidence is deemed “insufficient, inconclusive or uncertain.” Codex is a global food standard-setting organization. GMA calls the EU’s actions “a disguised form of protectionism.” Among other issues, GMA is worried that Codex might impose overly restrictive and unscientific regulation on biotech foods.

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