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Austria Agricultural Biotechnology Annual 2014

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 Austria continues to be one of the leading forces in Europe opposed to the use of agricultural biotechnology. Biotechnology precautionary bills and biotech-free zones have been established in all 
nine of Austria’s federal states. All major political parties have enshrined anti-biotech policies. At the EU level, Austria favors proposed member-state “opt out” measures for biotech approvals, promotes 
the use of socio-economic criteria in the regulatory approval process, and habitually votes against EU regulatory approval for new biotech crop varieties. NGOs and farmer organizations, the foodprocessing sector, and the retail sector all have marketing campaigns promoting GMO-free foods.
Austria is promoting the local production of non-biotech soybeans in the Danube region.