European farmers push EU to emulate USDA in not regulating CRISPR and other new crop breeding techniques

European farmers push EU to emulate USDA in not regulating CRISPR and other new crop breeding techniques

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
European farmers warned EU policymakers on [April 10] to take immediate action and encourage innovative new plant breeding techniques following the ...
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European Commission faces increasing political pressure to back neonicotinoid insecticides ban to protect bees

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission to convince member states to back its proposal to ban neonicotinoids and avoid ...
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Greece approves glyphosate herbicide for 5 years, reversing prior position supporting rejection by EU

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The Greek ministry of agriculture officially approved on Tuesday (6 March) the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, ...
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New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) needed to improve protein crops, says European farmers group

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
There is a need to maintain the EU’s main source of protein feed that are the co-product of biofuels, the ...
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Europe should embrace new breeding techniques to make farming more sustainable, says EU agriculture committee chair

Samuel White | 
The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production ...
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Germany agrees to ban GMO crops, phase out glyphosate herbicide ‘as soon as possible’

Ama Lorenz | 
After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government ...
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EU seeks ‘clarity’ on court’s recommendation not to regulate new crop breeding techniques as GMOs

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The European Commission expects “important” clarity on the scope of GMO legislation ahead of a Court ruling on new plant ...
Gates Foundation, EU pledge over $500 million for agricultural research and innovation

Gates Foundation, EU pledge over $500 million for agricultural research and innovation

Georgi Gotev | 
The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged ... more than €500 million [$589 million] over ...
Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

Cecile Philippe | 
[Editor's note: Cécile Philippe is an economist and Director-General of the Molinari Economic Institute.] In France, a glyphosate ban for ...
Trade disruption: Fears grow that EU glyphosate herbicide ban could upend global food markets

Trade disruption: Fears grow that EU glyphosate herbicide ban could upend global food markets

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
A possible glyphosate ban entails the risk of trade disruption to food imports from third countries, in case the EU ...
Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

Paola Tamma | 
A recent study showed a 75% decline in Germany’s insect population over a period of almost 30 years but the European Crop ...
EU farmers union: Glyphosate herbicide renewal dispute 'undermines' Europe's scientific credibility

EU farmers union: Glyphosate herbicide renewal dispute ‘undermines’ Europe’s scientific credibility

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
EU farmers’ union Copa-Cogeca has rejected the Commission’s revised proposal for a five year re-authorisation of glyphosate, claiming that such ...
Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate reauthorization should depend on science, not precaution

Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate reauthorization should depend on science, not precaution

Pieter Cleppe | 
[Editor’s note: Pieter Cleppe is the head of the Brussels office of Open Europe, a non-partisan and independent policy think ...
Calls to ban glyphosate, neonics highlight need to 'protect science', say French corn farmers

Calls to ban glyphosate, neonics highlight need to ‘protect science’, say French corn farmers

Paola Tamma | 
At a meeting hosted on Wednesday [27 September] by CEPM, the maize lobby in Europe, maize farmers stressed the need ...
European Commission works to garner support for glyphosate herbicide re-authorization

European Commission works to garner support for glyphosate herbicide re-authorization

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The European Commission is exploring ways to bridge the gap between different member state requests regarding the re-authorization of the ...
Viewpoint: EU court's finding that GMOs are safe contrasts with public's 'unfounded prejudice'

Viewpoint: EU court’s finding that GMOs are safe contrasts with public’s ‘unfounded prejudice’

Dennis Eriksson, Roberto Defez | 
[Editor’s note: Roberto Defez is a molecular microbiologist at the Institute of Bioscience and BioResources, Italian National Research Council. Dennis ...
Politics infuses pending EU decision over glyphosate reapproval

Politics infuses pending EU decision over glyphosate reapproval

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The European Commission stands ready to insert a clause referring to biodiversity in the glyphosate renewal proposal if it is ...
Netherlands wants CRISPR gene-edited crops exempt from Europe's GMO laws

Netherlands wants CRISPR gene-edited crops exempt from Europe’s GMO laws

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The Netherlands believes the new plant breeding techniques should not come under the GMO legislation as they are as safe ...
French farmers warn glyphosate pesticide ban would halt conservation agriculture

French farmers warn glyphosate pesticide ban would halt conservation agriculture

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
[France’s Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot] reiterated Paris’ opposition to the re-authorisation of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. A vote on the ...
EFSA head: Debate over banning glyphosate not about science, herbicide's safety

EFSA head: Debate over banning glyphosate not about science, herbicide’s safety

Frédéric Simon | 
Editor's Note: This article discusses comments made by Bernard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) surrounding ...
Nobel laureate: EU politicians bow to uninformed public in opposing biotech crops

Nobel laureate: EU politicians bow to uninformed public in opposing biotech crops

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
Sir Richard Roberts is an English biochemist and molecular biologist. A Nobel Laureate, he is the signatory of the 100+ Nobel Laureates letter supporting ...

Europe’s battle over glyphosate ‘was never about science’

André Heitz | 
André Heitz is an agronomist and a former international civil servant for the United Nations. . . . [T]he European Commission ...

Glyphosate controversy never about science but rather ‘activist’s war on Big Ag’

André Heitz | 
. . . [W]hat exactly makes glyphosate such a controversial issue? One must look no further than the . ...
EU Parliament says intensive agriculture, GMOs in Africa are 'mistake'

EU Parliament says intensive agriculture, GMOs in Africa are ‘mistake’

Cécile Barbière | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. For a large majority ...

French regulators split on whether to regulate CRISPR, new breeding techniques as GMOs

Romain Loury | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The French High Council ...

EU delays decision on whether gene edited crops fall under existing GMO laws

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The European Commission has ...

Some say GMOs answer to hunger in Africa, critics claim seed companies just want new market

Cécile Barbière | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The promise of genetically ...

German Greens and Social Democrats propose national GMO ban

Dario Sarmadi | 
Germany’s debate over banning genetically modified (GM) plants has come to a head: Green/Social Democratic coalitions in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, ...