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"Further acceptance of GE crops may center on how to respond to the misinformation circulating about health and environmental risks, in addition to having a candid discussion
with the agricultural community about the costs of Italy's anti
biotech policies," the attaché report said. "The rising cost of
feed materials and a greater understanding of just how prevalent consumption is of products that already rely on GE inputs
may become a critical factor."
There are signs that Italy may be ready to accept other types
of new breeding techniques.
"In February 2016, Italy's Agriculture Minister Maurizio
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In a December 2015 report, the attaché put Italy's ethanol output at approximately 215,000 tonnes a year. The raw materials
for most of it are corn and wheat as well as wine byproducts.
"However, only a limited portion of the total output is fuel
ethanol, while the remainder is destined to industrial chemicals," the report said.
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The same report put biodiesel capacity at around 2 million
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said. "The remainder is made of recycled vegetable oils, sunÀRZHURLODQGDQLPDOIDWV´
A further attaché report in June 2017, covering the E.U. as
a whole, forecast Italian fuel ethanol consumption in 2018 at
285,000 tonnes. Italian output of traditional biodiesel in 2018
was forecast at 570 million liters, down from 625 million the
rising to 1.090 billion liters in 2018, from forecast production
Italy is pushing to develop advanced biofuels and in March,
the European Commission approved a €4.7 million support
scheme for advanced biomethane and biofuels in Italy, which,
according to the EC, "supports the production and distribution
of advanced biofuels and advanced biomethane."
Chris Lyddon is World Grain's European correspondent.
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