Biotechnology Archives

  • The EU needs a better way to cope with risk

    Science & Policymaking 12-02-2013

    Policymakers recognise the links between innovation, growth and employment. However, novelty often bears uncertainty in Europe, where an increasingly risk-averse mind-set could threaten innovation, writes Dirk Hudig.

  • The imaginary EU GM-Honey crisis is resolved

    Agrifood 29-10-2012

    The European Commission proposed new rules in September regarding the presence of genetically modified pollen in honey. The new proposals consider that pollen in honey is a 'natural constituent', thereby contradicting a previous ruling by the European Court of Justice from September 2011 that considered it an 'ingredient', writes John Davison.

  • GMOs: “Anne Glover, you are wrong”

    Agrifood 27-07-2012

    An interview by EURACTIV with Anne Glover, European Commission chief scientific adviser, on GMO crops  triggered a response on EURACTIV.fr last week (27 July) from French MEP Corinne Lepage. Lepage says Glover was "wrong" to state there was "no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food."

  • GMO ban: Risks for science-based assessments

    Agrifood 03-07-2012

    French President François Hollande will face judicial problems over the ban on the cultivation of genetically modified plants, and this has widespread implications for science-based risk assessment in the EU, argue Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnès E. Ricroch.

  • GM crops: Forget the money, follow the science

    Agrifood 28-02-2012

    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.

  • GM crops: Follow the money

    Agrifood 10-02-2012

    Supposedly objective scientific and economic assessments of the benefits of genetically modified crops are often biased by the fact they are funded by the very organisations they analyse, argues Wenonah Hauter.

  • Dalli’s GM dilemma: Sound science or political nightmare?

    Agrifood 27-04-2010

    The EU has rightly identified innovation and science as major drivers for economic growth, but the European Commission should not attempt a ''politically bruising'' legislative review of genetically-modified (GM) approvals as it would only disadvantage farmers and hurt EU competitiveness, writes Martin Livermore, founder of public affairs consultancy Ascham Associates and director of the Scientific Alliance.

  • GM crops the only way to feed the world

    Climate change 22-04-2008

    The world's 6.5 billion inhabitants can only be fed with the help of genetically modified crops, according to the father of the "green revolution" Norman Borlaug, quoted by political advisor and author Paul Driessen in an April editorial for Institut économique Molinari.

  • Analysis: Global status of commercialised biotech/GM crops in 2005

    Science & Policymaking 19-01-2006

    According to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), global biotech crop area continues to soar in 2005, after decade of commercialisation.

  • Using plants as plants (2000 nr 2)

    Agrifood 12-11-2001

    Using plants as plants McKinsey Quarterly Summary: Companies that make chemicals have been searching for new sources of growth over the past decade. The quest has prompted some chemical conglomerates to spin off their traditional chemical businesses, such as commodity and specialty chemicals, …