The European Commission worringly authorised a genetically modified soybean for food and feed, but not cultivation, on 28 September 2020. This soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved after a scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority. The soybean, produced by biotechnology company Bayer, has been developed to confer tolerance to three major herbicides: dicamba, glufosinate-ammonium […]
On 5 May, SAFE and 73 NGOs sent a letter to EC President von der Leyen to call on the EC to drop GMOs from the EU-US trade deal talks. SAFE would like to once again underline the need to maintain EU food safety standards.Read the full joint letter here.
On April 11, the European Commission proposed giving itself new powers to request scientific studies on the safety of products, in an effort to quell public concerns that industry has too much influence over the process. If adopted, the new rules will affect all companies looking to approve a wide range of products, including genetically modified […]
Un vent de panique souffle sur la Commission européenne. Selon des documents officiels auquel Le Monde a eu accès, des produits destinés à l’alimentation animale ont été conçus en France à partir d’organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) non autorisés et distribués illégalement en Europe pour nourrir vaches et porcs. Révélé par Le Monde, ce cas montre une faille […]
Six member states that opposed the re-authorisation glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, sent a letter to the European Commission last month asking the EU executive to conduct a study and look into alternatives to the controversial substance. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
EU member states agreed on Monday (27 November) on a five-year renewal period for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, used by Monsanto in its Roundup product. The decision was taken by EU member states’ experts, with 18 votes in favour, nine against and one abstention. Read the full article on EuObserver website here.
EU member states agreed on Monday (20 November) to a new set of rules for organic farming, simplifying the system and creating a level playing field for EU produce and imports. The European Parliament’s agriculture committee will vote on the rules on Wednesday. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday (13 September) that member states cannot adopt emergency measures banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without evidence of a serious risk to health or the environment. But the ruling was surpassed by recent EU legislation and changes nothing. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
Opposition to the EU’s transatlantic trade deals is alive and well. According to activists, TTIP is far from dead and CETA can still be stopped. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) may have looked dead and buried, but this is far from certain. This was the concern expressed by a group of NGOs at […]
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, read more here.