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29/08/2016

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

Topic: GMOs


Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
Agriculture & Food 08-07-2016

EU kickstarts talks on new GMO approvals

The European Commission launched talks with member states today (9 July) to authorise two new GMOs, maize Bt11 and maize 1507, for cultivation in the EU.
Trade & Society 01-07-2016

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU's precautionary principle

The precautionary principle may be scrapped in the EU's free trade agreements with Canada and the United States. According to the NGO Foodwatch, this could call into question the bloc's bans on hormone-treated beef and GMOs. EurActiv France reports.

EU muddling on glyphosate fuelled Brexit populism

Calls for the European Union to dramatically change its decision making and get closer to citizen’s daily concerns have piled up in the wake of Britain’s shock decision to leave the EU.
Trade & Society 15-06-2016

TTIP talks bogged down in food standards debate

Seemingly insurmountable differences in food standards are threatening to sink trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 08-06-2016

European Parliament speaks out against agricultural colonialism in Africa

MEPs have called on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to radically alter its mission. The Alliance currently pushes African countries to replicate the intensive agricultural practices employed in many developed countries. EurActiv France reports.

Trade body: Don't lump 'new plant breeding techniques' in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with EurActiv.com
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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Agriculture & Food 18-04-2016

Agriculture holds key to UN Sustainable Development Goals

SPECIAL REPORT / Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all.
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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.