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Title: HIGHER FOOD PRICES HAVE NO EFFECT ON LITHUANIAN

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08VILNIUS3272008-05-06 06:09:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: HIGHER FOOD PRICES HAVE NO EFFECT ON LITHUANIAN 
RESISTANCE TO BIO-TECH 
 
REF: VILNIUS 283 
 
¶1.  Neither the Director of the Economics Department of the 
Bank of Lithuania, Raimondas Kuodis, nor the PM's Advisor on 
Agricultural Issues, Mindaugas Bastys or the Head of the 
Ministry of Environment's Genetically Modified Organisms 
Division, Danius Lygis, feel that recent price rises in food 
and agricultural commodities have encouraged the GOL to 
reconsider its resistance to the introduction of bio-tech 
crops.  All expressed concern for the use and consumption of 
such products in Lithuania.  Lygis mentioned a May 8 Steering 
Committee meeting at the Ministry of Environment to discuss 
worldwide food price increases, where, perhaps, bio-tech 
might be discussed.  He added that after the October 2008 
parliamentary elections, Lithuania's resistance to field 
trials of bio-tech crops might change. 
 
¶2.  Laimonas Ciakas, Director of the Ministry of 
Agriculture's EU Affairs and International Relations 
Department, reiterated arguments against bio-tech we have 
heard before:  Lithuania is a small country where buffer 
zones would be difficult to establish and multiple 
generations' worth of testing needs to be completed before 
bio-tech products are deemed safe.  Ciakas mentioned, 
however, that with transport fuel price increases and EU 
goals on bio-fuel use included in the 2020 plan, Lithuania 
might look towards a future of importing bio-tech commodities 
to produce bio-fuel.  Also, Ciakas mentioned that products 
not for human consumption made from bio-tech, such as 
plastics or textiles, could be considered in the future for 
sale in Lithuania. 
 
¶3.  We spoke with a representative of a local firm that 
produces bio-fuel.  He said that none of the Lithuanian 
bio-fuel producers import their inputs from abroad.  Hence, 
all are using conventional or organic crops in their 
production. 
CLOUD