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02/05/2016

GMOs take root as a controversial answer to hunger in Africa

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Trade & Society 02-05-2016

France, US exchange warnings over agriculture in trade pact

French President François Hollande threatened on Sunday (1 May) to reject the ambitious TTIP trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, triggering similar warnings from the US regarding exports of farm produce to Europe
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.
Development Policy 22-04-2016

MEPs speak out against GMOs in 'New Alliance' food strategy for Africa

European lawmakers have urged the EU not to support the introduction of GMOs in Africa, in a resolution criticising the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. EurActiv France reports.
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Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

UN chief: Food chain shows peoples’ fate 'interdependent'

SPECIAL REPORT / Humankind needs to take a more collaborative approach to agriculture in order to sustain its future nutrition needs, while at the same time minimising environmental harm to the planet, global leaders and luminaries have warned.
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Fresh EU-US trade spat brewing over new plant breeding techniques

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / After Europe's decision to keep its door shut to GMOs, the European Commission is trying its best to avoid opening a new trade row with the United States over how to regulate so-called 'new plant breeding techniques' (NPBTs).
Agriculture & Food 15-04-2016

Agricultural authorisation body in meltdown over 'new GMOs'

The French High Council for Biotechnology (HCB) is shedding members. Seven associations have left the organisation, claiming their opinions on new plant breeding techniques, or "new GMOs", were ignored. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 31-03-2016

Decision on new plant breeding techniques further delayed

The European Commission further delayed a much-awaited legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should be considered as GMOs, EurActiv has learned.
Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

GMOs and pesticides could be tolerated in organic food under new EU rules

MEPs have voted not to strip organic agricultural products of their certification if they are contaminated with GMOs or pesticides, as the majority of cases of contamination are accidental. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Agriculture & Food 14-01-2016

Organic farmers heat up debate over new plant breeding techniques

Organic farmers have raised the alarm over the potential “severe” economic and environmental consequences of new plant breeding techniques for Europe’s farming sector, calling for GMO legislation to apply when approving new seed traits.
Agriculture & Food 12-01-2016

Once wedded to the EU, some British farmers think it's time to quit

After decades of generous subsidies from Brussels, some British farmers are starting to think the unthinkable - that they might be better off outside the European Union.

Decades-old GMO regulation unfit for 21st century

The European Commission is set to guide the regulatory fate of new biotechnologies crucial to the future of plant breeding. To meet such agricultural challenges, we need a product-oriented, flexible and adjustable regulatory system, write Klaus Ammann and Marcel Kuntz. 
Agriculture & Food 08-01-2016

Commission to decide on new plant breeding techniques within three months

EXCLUSIVE / A legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should fall under EU GMO legislation will be completed by the first quarter of 2016, a European Commission spokesperson has told EurActiv.


EU law ‘woefully inadequate’ for GM insects, Lords say

Britain should challenge "woefully inadequate" European regulations and launch field trials of genetically modified insects designed to wipe out disease-carrying bugs that harm crops and people, lawmakers said on Thursday (16 December).
Agriculture & Food 02-12-2015

Agriculture Secretary: Geographic protection ‘not an easy issue’ in TTIP

EXCLUSIVE / Tom Vilsack, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, said that Washington “respects” Europe’s claim for geographic protection of food in the transatlantic trade talks. But he said this should not prevent similar US products from being marketed under brands used on the American market.
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Agriculture & Food 26-11-2015

Jeremy Rifkin: 'Number two cause of global warming emissions? Animal husbandry'

SPECIAL REPORT / An estimated 40% of all the agricultural land in the world today is used to grow feed grains for beef production, a trend that is set to worsen with the rise of the middle class in Asia, warns Jeremy Rifkin.
Agriculture & Food 12-11-2015

EU says cancer risk from popular weedkiller 'unlikely'

The EU's food safety agency on Thursday (12 November) said that one of the world's most popular weedkillers was "unlikely" to cause cancer, putting it at odds with findings by the UN.
Agriculture & Food 04-11-2015

Agri-giants pull GM maize out of Germany

Four large seed companies will no longer grow genetically modified maize in Germany. "We have achieved our goal," said Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt on Tuesday (3 November). EurActiv Germany reports.

EU lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports

Legislators on Wednesday (28 October) rejected by a huge majority a hard-won compromise that would have allowed member states to decide for themselves whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms for use in food and animal feed.
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New plant breeding techniques: Innovation breakthrough or GMOs in disguise?

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / 'New plant breeding techniques' focus on developing new seed traits within a given species through genetic engineering. A troubling question for policymakers is whether these techniques should fall under GMO legislation.
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Commission: Organic farming 'not enough' to address food security

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Organic farming has a role to play in the new Common Agricultural Policy, but it cannot address the perplexing issue of food security, an EU spokesperson said.

MEPs reject GM crop compromise 'on technical grounds'

EU lawmakers rejected yesterday (13 October) a hard-won compromise which allows member states to decide for themselves whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms for use in food and animal feed.

15 member states opt out of GMO culture

Fifteen of the 28 EU member states are seeking to keep genetically-modified organisms out of all or part of their territory, as the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GMO crops nears, the bloc's executive arm said yesterday (1 October).

Germany opts out of growing GMO crops

Germany has told the European Union it will ban cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, a document seen by Reuters showed yesterday (30 September).
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Agriculture & Food 18-09-2015

GMOs take root as a controversial answer to hunger in Africa

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / For some experts, genetically modified organisms are the answer to Africa's harsh climate and low agricultural productivity. But for critics, dependence on powerful seed companies outweighs the benefits. EurActiv France reports