Varying Side Effects
Athens - Greece supports the development of biotechnology but is wary of its side effects, Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas said during the first national Greek biotechnology and food technology conference held on March 31 in Athens. “The Development Ministry supports the development of the biotechnology sector in our country and encourages related research,” he said. “However, it also monitors and studies the social, genetic and any other consequences that may result from biological research,” he added.
As for genetically-modified (GM) foods, Sioufas said the government has no choice but “to maintain our reservations and objections to the cultivation and consumption of GM foods,” until scientists are able to prove that GM foods do not pose a long-term risk to public health and the environment.