chapter  6
The WTO agbiotech dispute as a global contest
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In the early to mid-1990s, the EU and the US cooperated to achieve regulatory convergence for GM products. In the late 1990s, however, their regulatory approaches diverged; in previous chapters we have explored some reasons why. With this divergence, EU and US practices began to offer different regulatory models to countries around the world. The most recent EU procedures take a more cautious approach to the technology, compared with previous EU practice and the US approach. Many other jurisdictions are likely to consider drawing on one of these models. This is particularly the case because the EU and the US play important roles in the global marketplace for agricultural products, in addition to their expert roles in international fora where standards are discussed.