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 Universit√§t M√ľnchen

Prof Dr Justus Wesseler

Tel: + 49 8161 71 5632

Email: justus.wesseler[a]


LIS Consult

Ir Huib de Vriend

Tel: +31 343 51 47 61


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PRICE | PRactical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe

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





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.