Farmers across the globe have latched onto biotechnology, keenly aware of the bounty of benefits and opportunity — 2.5 billion acres of genetically modified crops offer ample testimony.

However, Europe remains a solitary holdout; unyielding to the international scientific community. In the European echo chamber, GMO crops remain an anathema, and the EU is steadfastly dismissive of any contrary evidence.

Radical environmentalists and eco-fundamentalists hold sway in Europe's GMO court. Change does not appear to be imminent.

Jim McCarthy, writing in this WSJ article, believes eco-propaganda is driving biotechnology and the brightest researchers off the continent.