Dutch plan to boost industrial biotechnology

The Netherlands environment ministry has proposed simplifying permits for industrial biotechnology. The move reflects growing confidence that contained use of genetically modified organisms does not pose acute environmental risks: the ministry is considering substituting regulations by simple declarations by the companies concerned. The ministry believes that industrial biotechnology can play an important role in sustainable development of the chemical industry. It based its new policy on a report on sustainable industrial biotechnology produced by three Dutch universities on 10 November. See Dutch environment ministry.

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