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Farmers, consumers face GMO dilemma

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Feb. 14, 2014, 10:11 a.m. | Business — by Ivan Verstyuk

Almost 70 percent of the world's soy production is based on genetically modified organism-related technologies.
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Ivan Verstyuk

Ivan Verstyuk is the Kyiv Post's associate business editor. Previously he worked as a senior editor for the Ukrainian office of RBC, a business news agency that covers Eastern Europe. He has contributed to the Columbia Journalism Review as well as several local publications and can be reached at verstyuk@kyivpost.com.

Choosing over natural or genetically modified products is a key dilemma that Ukrainian agriculture faces today. Since the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is legally banned, Ukrainian agricultural companies heavily emphasize naturalness and cleanness of their production in own exports marketing strategy. Whether such a strategy could be a long-term one is a big question. The fast pace of GMO development, that implies higher money-generating efficiency, is challenging the companies' agricultural strategy.

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