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Both Sides Claim Victory in Trade Pact

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Science  04 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5454, pp. 782-783
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5454.782b

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After 5 years of bitter negotiations, delegates from 130 countries finally hammered out a global treaty that will govern the trade of genetically modified organisms. The treaty formalizes the process by which countries can refuse to accept biotech products, an apparent blow to the biotech industry. Even so, both proponents and critics of biotechnology came away from the negotiating table at 5:00 a.m. in Montreal on 29 January claiming victory.