Consumer confidence in the safety of food supplies in Europe has decreased significantly as a result of a number of food scares that took place in the second half of the 1990s that are unrelated to GM foods. This has also had an impact on discussions about the acceptability of GM foods. Consumers have questioned the validity of risk assessments, both with regard to consumer health and environmental risks, focusing in particular on long-term effects. Other topics debated by consumer organizations have included allergenicity and antimicrobial resistance. Consumer concerns have triggered a discussion on the desirability of labelling GM foods, allowing for an informed choice of consumers.
Exactly. Most of the wheat grown in Europe is imported from the . as bulk seed. It’s like my . friends who insist they can’t drink . wines without getting sick, but they can drink European wines. However, the EU has looser restrictions on levels of pesticides in wine (without those pesticides Burgundy would no longer exist) and Europe and Australia both have far looser restrictions on levels of copper.
It might, however, as you say be a choice of the cultivar that is preferred in different countries. Also maybe a matter of dietary choices. Grains are more digestible in combination with certain foods, not so much with others. Need more tests, for sure.