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New plant breeding techniques will ensure food quality and quantity

May 15th, 2018 / Euractiv

The new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) are a major opportunity to move toward sustainable agriculture and simultaneously ensure food quality for EU consumers, MEP Paolo De Castro told EURACTIV.com.
According to De Castro (S&D), the EU should embrace innovation more and more in order to boost food production and cut the …

Easing the regulatory process around certain genetic engineering techniques

January 22nd, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

The European Union and Australia took steps this week toward easing the regulatory process around certain genetic engineering techniques.
In the EU, a legal opinion found that mutagenesis techniques are, in principle, exempt from the rules that govern genetically modified organisms (GMOs), though individual EU states can regulate their use. Meanwhile, …

Majority of EU countries vote against 2 new GM corn varieties but approval still possible

March 29th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project

A majority of EU countries voted on Monday, March 27, against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive. EU governments were asked to vote on the future of two grades of GM …

EU: no patents on conventional plant breeding

February 24th, 2017 / hortibiz.com

Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. This was unanimously confirmed by the European Member States at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels. The Member States indicated that it …

EU Parliament, bucking EU Commission, opposes authorization of five new GMOs

October 11th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The European Parliament opposed the European Commission plans to authorise five GMO products, maize Bt11, 1507 and MON810 (seeds and products), and a glyphosate-resistant cotton, in a vote on [Oct. 6]. MEPs reiterated their call for a reform of the EU’s GMO authorisation procedure. See …

EU’s GMO blockade trumps science and technology

September 23rd, 2016 / The Parliament Magazine, EU

Too many European politicians have chosen to either side with radical activist groups that misinform the public about GMOs, or to avoid speaking up against the misinformation. I believe that ignoring the scientific consensus and farmers’ needs, and expelling an entire technology is a high price to pay for political …

New technology will re-open GM debate in Europe

August 9th, 2016 / The Independent, Ireland

New plant breeding techniques that can switch genes ‘on’ and ‘off’, and reposition genes within a plant are re-opening the genetically modified (GM) debate within Europe. See …

Opinion: EU support to Africa should address African needs

June 22nd, 2016 / B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali, B4FA.org

The recent European Parliament report that calls on the G7 countries not to support the use of genetically modified (GMO) seeds in Africa cannot have been based on a genuine understanding of the food security and poverty levels on the continent and the on-going efforts to deal with these challenges. …

“Leave Africa alone”

June 10th, 2016 / Global Farmer Network,

An open letter from a Kenyan farmer to the EU Parliament: ” … Instead of ordering Africans to abandon science, Europeans should listen to what their own scientists say: The European Commission and the World Health Organization both have vouched for the safety of GMOs. So has the National Academy …

The crop conundrum

December 16th, 2015 / Nature, UK

European Commission directive on releasing GM organisms into the environment covers field trials and cultivation defines GM organisms as having alterations that cannot occur naturally, which were made by genetic engineering. What is unclear is how this relates to experiments in which researchers introduce foreign DNA to direct a precise …