Project acronym: PRICE

 

Project full title: PRactical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe

 

Grant agreement no: 289157

 

EC Seventh Framework Programme Theme KBBE.2011.1.4.-03

 

Project period: Dec. 2011 - Dec. 2014

 

 


Contact for more information:

Technische Universität München

Prof Dr Justus Wesseler

Tel: + 49 8161 71 5632

Email: justus.wesseler[a]wzw.tum.de

 

LIS Consult

Ir Huib de Vriend

Tel: +31 343 51 47 61

Email: devriend@lisconsult.nl

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PRICE | PRactical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe

PRICE finds finds coexistence of GM and non-GM products is possible

Freedom of choice between genetically modified (GM) and non-GM products is a central goal of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. It is essentially based on the principle of coexistence. EU Member States apply coexistence measures such as minimum distances between fields with, and without, GM that allow the growing of GM and non-GM crops in the same area, transport and market them side by side, preserving their identity in accordance with the relevant labelling rules and purity standards. PRICE  researchers have studied how implementable and costly these strategies are for farmers, agri-food supply chain operators and consumers. They found that the current measures implemented to ensure coexistence of GM and non-GM crops in the EU are practically feasible, both at farm level and along the supply chain. However, these measures come with additional costs, which are partly paid by consumers and other supply chain stakeholders.

 

The major findings of PRICE reserach is summarized in a press statement, which can be downloaded in different languages below. More extensive information is presented in the latest edition of the PRICE Newsletter, which is available here.

 

 

About coexistence

Freedom of choice between genetically modified (GM) and non-GM products is a central goal of the European agricultural policy. It is essentially based on the principle of coexistence. Coexistence refers to the conditions under which GM and non-GM agricultural products can be grown in the same territory, transported and marketed side by side, preserving their identity in accordance with the relevant labeling rules and purity standards.

 

These conditions are established by the EU member states and foresee approval procedures, minimum distances between fields with and without GM and segregations measures at transport and storage. So far, little is known about the possible consequences of coexistence strategies in practice. PRICE will therefore research how implementable and cost-intensive they are for farmers, agro-food supply chain operators and consumers.

 

 

Research objectives

 

PRICE Research objectives are:

 

1. Economic analysis of coexistence practices in Europe

 

2. Assessment of biological and physical containment strategies

 

3. Development of Decision Support Tool for coexistence in practice

 

4. Assessment of coexistence implications in international and EU supply chain

 


 

Communication

 

PRICE seeks to engage end-users and stakeholders in coexistence in its research. This website is one of its means of communication. Other ways of communication are Newsletters, Film portraits of coexistence stakeholders, Stakeholder Dialogue Workshops & European Workshop, and a Weblog

 

 

Previous research

 

The PRICE research is based on many scientific studies, like those presented at the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) conferences and the GMCC conferences. The next GMCC-13 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 12 to 15 November 2013 in conjunction with a PRICE stakeholder dialogue workshop.

 

PRICE also builds further on several previous EU-funded research projects such as ECOGEN, SIGMEA, CO-EXTRA and TRANSCONTAINER.

 

 

Project partners

 

The fourteen consortium partners come from Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Romania.

 

 

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