France: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
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France has no commercial production or field trials of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Some fundamental research is being conducted in labs. The French livestock industry is dependent upon imported GE products for feed. Most scientists and farmers in France are supportive of the technology but consumer attitudes towards GE products are primarily negative. The French seed sector is calling for the European Commission to review European Union (EU) regulations in view of recent scientific advances on innovative biotechnologies, but the French government position is unclear because of competing voices within the administration. Animal biotechnology is primarily used in medical research.