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The European Commission has set up a Life Sciences Discussion Platform, coordinated by the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS), to encourage debate among all stakeholders about key issues in the life sciences. At their suggestion, a forum entitled "Towards sustainable agriculture for developing countries: options from life sciences and biotechnologies" was held in Brussels on 30-31 January 2003. The aim was to consider ways in which advances in life sciences and biotechnologies can promote sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

This brochure aims to highlight some of the key issues that emerged during the two days of debate and to present some of the diverse opinions expressed by both the experts and stakeholders seeking answers to particular questions. It covers all aspects of the discussion platform, from the presentations made at the conference, through the questions posed by participants, to more informal comments made during the two days, as well as comments submitted to the Internet forum.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: European Commission, DG Research, 2003. 32pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, DG Research, Directorate E, Tel: +(32 2) 296 3695 E-mail: Also available on conference website:
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