The Japanese experience with the Blue Book and subsequent activities in environmental biosafety of GM crops
Society for Techno-Innovation of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
Sankaido Bldg. 7F, 1-9-13, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
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The Blue Book made a big contribution to the development of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) guidelines established in 1991 for almost all of the basic issues. However, the MAFF guidelines could not sufficiently cover some important areas that the Blue Book addressed well, such as potential consequences. This gap has been recovered substantially by a new law established in 2003. Japan still faces several important issues, including assessment of stacked products, potential consequences, comparative assessment, assessment of imported GM commodities and movement of concerned groups.
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