Science and Policymaking

Agrifood 30-07-2019

Organic farmers oppose separate framework for new plant breeding techniques

Any attempt to exclude the so-called new plant breeding techniques from the GMO legislation would deal a severe blow to consumers, farmers and processors, according to the EU organic farmers’ movement (IFOAM).
Agrifood 26-07-2019

Eyeing US trade deal, new UK PM whets biotech industry appetite on GMOs

Eyeing a quick trade deal with the United States after Brexit, UK's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to revive discussions over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Agrifood 22-07-2019

Give the people what they want: Non-GMO sells

For many years leading European food retailers have been following a strict non-GMO policy. Retailers are the parties most concerned when it comes to GMO regulation. For them, the proper implementation of the ECJ ruling is crucial, writes Heike Moldenhauer.
Agrifood 12-07-2019

French MEP: When it comes to the environment, the future CAP is regressive

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French MEP and vice-chair of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group Eric Andrieu spoke about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and highlighted its lack of environmentally-focused provisions.
Agrifood 11-07-2019

Farmers hope EU Commission will block Austria’s glyphosate ban

Austrian farmers hope that the European Commission will not approve a ban on weedkiller glyphosate, recently pushed forward by the government in Vienna.
Agrifood 20-06-2019

Farming innovation debate heats up as Greens grow in Europe

The rise of Green parties in the last EU elections has raised eyebrows in Brussels, where agriculture stakeholders try to find out what is next in the debate about the future of EU farming.
Agrifood 18-06-2019

The future of EU agriculture innovation

The next European Parliament and Commission will have to deal with a number of important issues related to the future of the European agricultural sector.
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Agrifood 29-05-2019

Tackling the next agricultural revolution together

It has been over 12,000 years since the Neolithic Revolution, when our nomadic ancestors began planting roots, quite literally -- trading in their hunter-gatherer lifestyles to cultivate crops. Today we’re facing another revolution in agriculture – one we must tackle together, writes Neal Gutterson.
Agrifood 28-05-2019

Companies seek clarity on breeding innovation to stay in EU

A number of breeding companies have promised to relocate their advanced mutagenesis breeding programmes outside Europe and others will follow if nothing is done to change EU rules, Garlich von Essen, the secretary-general of the European Seed Association (ESA), told...
Agrifood 24-05-2019

14 EU countries call for ‘unified approach’ to gene editing in plants

The Netherlands and Estonia are leading a coalition of 14 EU member states calling on the next European Commission to update EU GMO laws with regard to so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs).
Agrifood 21-05-2019

EFSA boss: Next time we should also assess consequences without glyphosate

The next re-authorisation process for the controversial glyphosate weedkiller should also include an assessment of a potential ban of the substance in terms of food availability, biodiversity and farmers’ income, Bernhard Url told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 21-05-2019

Commission in search of ‘robust response’ to gene editing challenge

The EU executive has already prepared the ground for a new initiative on gene editing to overhaul the current GMO legislation, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Agrifood 21-05-2019

The EU future of new plant breeding techniques

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New plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) emerged as an innovative agricultural solution in the last decade, allowing the development of new plant varieties by modifying the DNA of the seeds and plant cells.

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life

A landmark UN report published yesterday (6 May) reveals 1 million species are at risk of extinction, with agriculture and fishing the primary causes of the deterioration, which also threatens humankind. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 25-04-2019

EU curbs trans fats from 2021 to boost heart health

The EU adopted a regulation on Wednesday (24 April) to curb trans fat amounts in products like snack food as part of efforts to fight heart disease and strokes in Europe.
Agrifood 23-04-2019

Netherlands launches 2030 vision to protect biodiversity in agriculture

The Dutch government has launched a new vision for the country’s agriculture, which prioritises the protection of natural resources and the reduction of the sector's environmental impact.
Agrifood 12-04-2019

Syngenta vows to speed up innovation and precision in agriculture

The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies and digitisation, Alexandra Brand, chief sustainability officer at agri-food giant Syngenta, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 10-04-2019

US agriculture minister: Europe will pay the price for ignoring science

Europe is a “technology-free zone” when it comes to agriculture and it will pay the price for that, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has said, criticising the EU for ignoring science on new technologies in farming.
Agrifood 03-04-2019

Genetic innovation: ‘Nothing that we eat is natural’

The world is in constant need of more food and new genetic engineering methods such as the CRISPR gene editing method offer a solution. However, these remain contested, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 27-03-2019

Andriukaitis: New plant breeding techniques need new regulatory framework

The 'new plant breeding techniques' need new EU legislation that takes into account the latest advanced technologies, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com, adding there was too much manipulation and "scare-mongering" around the issue.
Agrifood 18-03-2019

Corteva official: Gene editing EU court ruling has sparked debate globally

An EU Court decision that confirmed that new plant breeding techniques fall under Genetically Modified legislation has generated more reaction and more discussion than “we would have ever anticipated”.
Agrifood 25-01-2019

EU agriculture Commissioner ‘surprised’ by gene editing court ruling

The European governments have to decide whether science or politics are applied when it comes to issues such as new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), EU's Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said.
Agrifood 03-12-2018

EU still leads the way on animal testing alternatives, industry representative says

The EU continues to lead the world in balancing ethics with science, although the gap with other regions is "significantly" narrowing, Charles Laroche, industry co-chair of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
Economy & Jobs 27-11-2018

Alternatives to animal testing – the state of progress

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The EU ban on animal testing for cosmetic products came into force in 2013, although  testing is still allowed in Europe for healthcare products and pharmaceuticals, as well as some chemicals and food.

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