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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

[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

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

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’

[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

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

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

[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

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

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 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’

. . . [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’

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

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

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

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

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

German politicians agree on GMO ban, but argue over regional or national framework

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but ...

Video: Bill Gates advocates for GMOs in Brussels

Bill and Melinda Gates spoke to a Brussels audience, which didn’t appear shocked by their endorsement of GMO crops. The ...
Germany appears headed for complete GMO ban

Germany appears headed for complete GMO ban

After the European Parliament on Tuesday, 13 January passed a new Directive on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in Europe, the ...

Will new European Commission president be unfriendly to biotech?

The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development ...
Attack on European Commission chief scientific adviser's position cause for alarm

Attack on European Commission chief scientific adviser’s position cause for alarm

Political ecologists like science… when it confirms their views. When it contradicts them, rather than changing their minds they often ...

EU still torn over crop-based biofuels amid fear of rising food costs

The debate over biofuels risks dragging on, despite EU energy ministers reaching an agreement on the controversial crop-based fuels. EU ...
Anne Glover, Europe's chief science adviser faces anti-GMO, anti-tech politics

Anne Glover, Europe’s chief science adviser faces anti-GMO, anti-tech politics

The European Commission's chief science adviser said publicly that politics impedes her ability to give unbiased advice to European policy ...