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Plant breeders will move CRISPR gene-editing programs out of EU without updated regulations, industry group says

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
A number of breeding companies have promised to relocate their advanced mutagenesis breeding programs outside Europe and others will follow ...
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14 EU nations call for ‘unified’ CRISPR crop regulation to boost sustainable farming

Gerardo Fortuna | 
The Netherlands and Estonia are leading a coalition of 14 EU member states calling on the next European Commission to ...
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EU Commission prepares for possible ‘overhaul’ of GMO crop rules to address CRISPR gene editing

Gerardo Fortuna | 
The EU executive has already prepared the ground for a new initiative on gene editing to overhaul the current GMO ...
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Viewpoint: Biotech industry should rebuild EU’s trust in science to foster farming innovation

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies ...
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EU health commissioner calls for updated CRISPR-edited crop rules

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The ‘new plant breeding techniques’ need new EU legislation that takes into account the latest advanced technologies, EU Health Commissioner ...
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Agriculture commissioner says EU must decide if ‘science or politics’ will drive gene-edited crop regulations

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The European governments have to decide whether science or politics are applied when it comes to issues such as new ...
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As glyphosate debate rages, French politician urges EU to take ‘science-based’ approach to pesticide regulation

Gerardo Fortuna | 
French MEP Angélique Delahaye believes that policymakers must tell citizens what is currently possible and what is not when it ...
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Is Europe ‘turning its back’ on reason and science?

Colin Berry | 
Is Europe, home of the Enlightenment, turning its back on reason and science? Recent decisions by Europe’s regulators, judges, and ...
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Toxic organic pesticides pose surprising challenge to pro-environment politicians

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released fresh data which re-confirms the toxicity of copper compounds, pesticides that are ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR and other new plant breeding technologies (NBTs) can help Europe address food and farming problems

Garlich von Essen | 
Language and accusations are still exactly what they were in the late 1990s: “Frankenfoods” allegedly threatened the health and lives ...
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Viewpoint: How EU can return to evidence-based policy-making

Daniel Guéguen | 
The word ‘evidence’ implies objectivity based on facts and science. But the reality reveals a wide gap between theory and ...
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EU Green Parties: Crops produced with New Breeding Techniques are ‘new GMOs’ that perpetuate ‘industrial agriculture’

Bart Staes et al. | 
The EU Court of Justice will soon publish its ruling concerning the legal statute of a group of biotechnologies, which have ...
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Could the rise of New Breeding Techniques like CRISPR soften opposition to crop biotechnology?

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
“Mother Nature” is changing quickly and this requires the adoption of technology-driven solutions that will help both growers and consumers, ...
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EU food safety chief: Reelection—not reality—motivated Europe’s anti-glyphosate politicians

Some politicians spoke “loudly” against glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, before their elections but came back to reality ...
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EU Court of Justice upholds ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, dismissing cases by Bayer and Syngenta

Claire Stam | 
A top European Union court upheld on Thursday (17 May) the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee ...
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European Seeds Association: Foods made with new breeding techniques shouldn’t be labeled

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
Labelling products that result from the so-called new plant breeding techniques would provide little new information and would therefore make ...
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Italian politician calls on EU to embrace new plant breeding techniques to cut farming’s environmental impact

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) are a major opportunity to move toward sustainable agriculture and simultaneously ensure food quality ...
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Future of New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in EU depends on European Court of Justice’s looming decision

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
The future of new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) at the EU level lies in the European Court of Justice’s interpretation ...
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EU health commissioner: Neonicotinoid, glyphosate decisions show European regulations consistent, science-based

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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