About: genetically modified organisms

Agrifood 21-09-2017

EU and GMOs: The case for a knowledge-based society

Albert Einstein said, “It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.” A persistent prejudice in the EU is that against GMOs. An EU court judgment has restated that fears are unfounded, but will Europe take the opportunity to become a science-based society, ask Roberto Defez and Dennis Eriksson.

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.

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. 

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.

Freedom of choice over GMO cultivation is a step forward

The European Parliament made history on 15 January this year, when it adopted the so-called opt-out proposal for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The decision to grant national governments this freedom and legal certainty was vital in a time of such euroscepticism, writes Elisabeth Köstinger. 

EU signs off on new GM crop law

The European Parliament on Wednesday (11 March) signed a new law on growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for new strains to be approved after years of deadlock.

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Agrifood 27-02-2015

MEPs, NGOs at odds over effect of Europe’s GMO stance on developing world

It took Europe three years to break the deadlock on Genetically Modified Organisms. The European Parliament decided last month to give member states the choice to ban or allow the cultivation of GM crops.

Agrifood 16-01-2015

Agriculture Commissioner promises GMO labelling, despite TTIP

If a product contains genetically modified corn, it will still be labelled as such in the future, assured EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, seeking to dispel fears that consumer protection standards could suffer under planned trade agreements with the US and Canada. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 05-12-2014

EU agreement opens door for new GMO cultivation in 2015

The Juncker Commission has brought four years of discussions on GMO crops to a close, extracting a compromise from the European Parliament and the Council. Member states that do not want GMOs cultivated inside their borders will retain the right to enforce a ban. EURACTIV France reports

EU one step closer to law on national GMO crop bans

Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday (11 November) backed a plan to allow nations to ban genetically modified crops on their soil, even if they are given approval to be grown in the European Union, raising the chance their use will remain limited on the continent.

Professor Stefan Jansson, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden [Umeå University]

Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on political grounds

Twenty-one of Europe’s most prominent plant scientists have signed an open letter warning that Europe may lose its prime research position unless field trials are allowed of genetically modified (GM) plant varieties that have been judged safe.

Agrifood 08-08-2014

GMO cultivation in Europe: A decade of legal battles

The European Union has agreed on a new approach to the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which allows member states to ban or restrict GMOs in their territory. The agreement should mark the end of a decade of legal problems, but in the context of ongoing EU-US free trade negotiations, vocal GMO opposition from member states and civil society is unlikely to subside.

Why the EU should agree to disagree on GMOs

The demand to transfer powers from the EU back to the national level is politically en-vogue in several EU member states at the moment. EU policy on agricultural biotechnology, however, is an interesting exception, writes Maria Weimer.

EU chief scientist: ‘It is unethical not to use GM technology’

Genetically modified crops can provide solutions to famine and malnutrition in developing countries and it would be "unethical not to use the technology when other approaches have failed," says Anne Glover.

Chief EU scientist backs damning report urging GMO ‘rethink’

Studies linking genetically modified crops with adverse effects on the environment or animal health are based on “contested science”, according to a recent report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which received backing from Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

Agrifood 28-02-2012

GM crops: Forget the money, follow the science

The recent allegations surrounding GM crops are hypocritical and drive the political discussion in the wrong direction, writes Sebastian Olényi, a PhD researcher and freelance journalist specialising in science communication, environmental sciences and biotechnology.

Agrifood 25-01-2012

Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market

Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell an insect-resistant maize in France, the second move in a week by biotech company to retreat from the genetically modified foods market in Europe.

Agrifood 06-07-2011

Parliament paves way for GMO crop bans

The European Parliament yesterday (5 July) backed plans to let member states choose whether to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) crops on their territory, giving a detailed list of grounds on which such bans could be imposed.

Agrifood 12-07-2010

EU wants to put GMO dispute to an end

The European Commission will tomorrow (13 July) propose an overhaul of the EU's policy for approving genetically modified (GM) crops, which will allow countries more freedom to ban cultivation on their territory while retaining an EU-wide authorisation system.

EU move to break GM deadlock could sow discord

Plans to radically overhaul EU rules on growing genetically modified (GM) crops are welcomed by some as boosting productivity, but others say the move will unleash uncertainty, discord and a deluge of litigation.

Climate change 08-07-2008

France to propose concrete solutions to EU’s GMO muddle

Paris has announced the creation of a "group of friends of the presidency" to consider the EU's GMO authorisation process, which it wants to take better account of "local specificities".

Climate change 19-02-2008

GMO debate continues to divide EU

European agriculture ministers were unable to reach any kind of agreement regarding five requests for approval of new strains of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highlighting strong divisions with regard to the benefits and dangers of these controversial products.

Trade & Society 15-06-2007

Trade chief requests EU ‘green light’ for GMOs

Unless the EU closes the gap between its own GMO-approval system and those of feed-exporting countries such as US, Argentina and Brazil, "hungry cows", "struggling farmers" and trade disputes at the WTO will become commonplace, warned Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

Agrifood 07-04-2006

Cracks start to show in EU GMO policy

EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas has infuriated the biotech industry by admitting to the uncertainties surrounding the long-term safety of genetically modified crops at a conference in Vienna.