About: genetically modified food

Agrifood 15-11-2016

New GM crops once again fail the safety test

As the world focuses elsewhere, two untested varieties of genetically modified maize are slowly manoeuvring their way through the legislative hoops of the European institutions towards Europe’s fields, writes Mute Schimpf.  
Agrifood 30-09-2016

German farmers divided over EU-Canada trade deal

Despite ongoing protests around Europe, the EU still wants to conclude the CETA agreement with Canada within the next five weeks. The German agricultural sector is divided in its opinion of the deal: large farms relish the advantages and small enterprises fear transatlantic competition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 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.
Agrifood 04-09-2015

Agriculture MEPs vote to safeguard GM food and feed imports

The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee has added to the confusion surrounding GM crops in Europe by recommending rejection of a proposal that would allow member states to limit or ban imports of genetically modified food and feed. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.
Agrifood 19-03-2015

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, meanwhile, is insisting on a national GMO ban. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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 14-01-2015

German Environment Ministry seeks unconditional GMO ban

Germany’s Environment Ministry is hoping for a complete ban on green genetic engineering,  but a Green party assessment warns that upcoming free trade agreements like TTIP and CETA could still bring genetically modified plants to the European market. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-10-2013

EU policy making on GMOs has lost track of science

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can foster more sustainable farming, more crop varieties and healthier crops, but the debate on GMOs is politicised and lacks scientific justification, writes Marc Van Montagu.
Agrifood 30-03-2012

French farmers challenge ban on GM maize

French maize growers and seed companies have appealed a ban on the cultivation of a strain of genetically modified maize to the country's highest court, saying it was unjustified and economically harmful for farmers.
Agrifood 27-04-2010

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

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.
Agrifood 04-07-2008

Food crisis talks put renewed focus on agriculture

Concerns about skyrocketing food prices and growing pressures on land and water were the focus of a high level conference in Brussels yesterday (3 July). Most participants agreed that agricultural markets and farm output need to be improved in order to feed the planet's growing population.
Trade & Society 22-11-2006

EU accepts trade ruling on GMOs

To the anger of green NGOs, the EU has decided not to appeal against a WTO ruling which upholds a US-led complaint that it is illegally blocking imports of genetically modified food.
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.

EU still divided on authorising GM oilseed rape imports

After EU environment ministers failed to agree, the Commission is now being called on to make the final decision on authorising imports of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape.
Agrifood 03-09-2003

GMO ban in Upper Austria is illegal

The Commission rejected Austria's request for a temporary ban of the use of GMOs in the region of Upper Austria, as there was no new scientific evidence nor particular country-specific conditions to support this request.

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