Farmers: GMO rules need to be revised

The regulations are outdated for what does or does not constitute GMO crops, according to the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the Federation of Swedish Farmers.

Both organisations say that the problem with the regulations is that there are products with the same qualities of GMOs, but have used different, newer techniques that are not controlled.

There have been many heated debates in th EU about GMOs, and the technology moves so fast the regulations cannot keep up.

Jan Eksvärd, an expert at The Federation of Swedish Farmers, told Swedish Radio News that the new technologies outpacing the regulations causes an oblique debate within the EU about GMOs.

"As we see it, what is needed is to have regulation that is not based on the technology, but instead is based on the properties of the modification or the plant or the food actually has," Eksvärd said.