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UK launches consultation that could roll back restrictive CRISPR crop rules, unlock ‘substantial benefits’

Natasha Foote | 
In one of its first post-Brexit moves, England has launched a consultation on gene editing in a bid to unlock ...
EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

EU needs new guidelines to evaluate environmental impact of gene-drive mosquitoes, food safety officials say

Natasha Foote | 
After being mandated by the European Commission, [European Food Safety Authority's] experts on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) published the scientific ...

European countries can ban pesticides even if approved by EU, continent’s highest court rules

Natasha Foote | 
Europe’s highest court [European Court of Justice, ECJ] has concluded that member states have the right to ban pesticides even ...
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Europe’s pro-organic ‘green deal’ threatens US farmers who sustainably grow GM crops, USDA claims

Washington could complain to the World Trade Organization if the European Union goes ahead with a farming strategy that it ...

France poised to suspend neonics pesticide ban to help farmers, over objections from Greenpeace

French lawmakers on Tuesday (6 October) approved a draft bill allowing sugar beet growers to use pesticides that are banned ...
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Europe approves imports of new GM herbicide-resistant soy, despite objections from Green Party, organic advocates

Natasha Foote | 
The genetically modified (GM) soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved after a comprehensive authorization procedure, including a scientific assessment by the ...
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Gene-editing amendment to UK agriculture bill withdrawn, delaying farmer access to CRISPR crops

Natasha Foote | 
An amendment tabled in the new UK agriculture bill, designed to allow access to new gene-editing technology, has been withdrawn ...

Europe’s young farmers want to use latest sustainability tools—including gene editing

Natasha Foote | 
Young farmers’ organization, the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), took a generally positive but cautious view on the Commission’s ...
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Support for crop gene editing in UK, Europe grows as legislators aim to expand sustainable farming

Asked about the potential for biotech and gene editing in the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the EU’s new flagship ...

Green Party defends Europe’s simultaneous ban on gene-edited crops and use of biotech in medicine

Natasha Foote | 
[Editor's note: In June a faction of Germany's Green Party argued it was time the EU revised its strict regulation ...

Anti-biotech groups call for EU-wide ban on disease-fighting gene drives, defying scientists’ recommendations

Natasha Foote | 
[Editor's note: More than 78 European environmental and agricultural organizations have signed a letter calling for a moratorium on gene ...
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Farm to Fork tempest: EU defends plan to make 25 percent of agriculture organic, ignoring farmer skepticism

Natasha Foote | 
[Editor's note: EU farmers are skeptical of a new government initiative to make 25 percent of Europe's farmland organic by ...

UK environment secretary backs relaxed CRISPR crop rules, but says GMO restrictions won’t change

Natasha Foote | 
Addressing MPs via video call, [UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice] said that “gene ...
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Before restricting Roundup weedkiller, EU lawmakers want to know how it could affect farmers

Natasha Foote | 
Any potential reduction of glyphosate in the EU should be preceded by an impact assessment exploring the consequence for farmers, ...
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Viewpoint: Greenpeace lobbies to ban fungicides that kill cancer-causing mycotoxins

Bill Wirtz | 
A vast network of organizations, including known players such as Greenpeace, are throwing a myriad of unscientific publications at the ...
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EU Food Safety Authority defends pesticide risk studies activists call ‘unfit for purpose’

Natasha Foote | 
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of its two pilot assessments on the risks posed to ...
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Viewpoint: Modern ‘post-truth’ politics ignores sustainability benefits of GMOs and pesticides

Fred Roeder | 
As Africa shows, locust plagues can be devastating for food security, and climate science enables us to detect that certain ...
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Greenpeace proposes law to cut EU meat consumption 80% by 2050, to just three burgers per week

Aline Robert | 
The world’s leading medical journal, The Lancet, recommends that in 2050, people should be consuming a maximum of 300 grams ...
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Biofortification from Golden Rice and other biotech crops could help cut $3.5 trillion lost annually to malnutrition

Ajay Kohli, Joanna Dupont-Inglis | 
Over two billion people worldwide continue to suffer from hidden hunger, or the lack of essential micronutrients, which impairs the ...
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Transgenic GMOs will remain banned in Italy, agriculture minister says, but cisgenic gene editing could help sustain nation’s crop diversity

Angelo di Mambro | 
Italy’s agricultural minister Teresa Bellanova has expressed an interest in developing sustainable biotechnology, in the light of a milestone agreement ...
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‘Maladapted’ EU regulation hinders non-toxic biopesticide development, despite growing farmer demand

Natasha Foote | 
Biological pesticides are rapidly gaining attention as a sustainable and viable environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. However, they are ...
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EU officials open to ‘science-based’ decision making on CRISPR crops, USDA’s Sonny Perdue says

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
When it comes to food, EU policymakers should make science-based decisions if they want to help European their farmers tackle ...
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France’s new pesticide-free zones threaten country’s vineyards, winegrowers say

Cécile Barbière | 
The idea of so-called pesticide-free zones (or non-treatment zones) has gradually emerged as a solution to protect against the harmful ...
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European ‘Green Deal’ stripped of proposal to develop ‘innovative strategies,’ including gene editing

Florence Schulz | 
The Green Deal submitted [Dec. 11] left out two controversial passages to agriculture. The debate on genetic engineering and pesticide ...
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Farm to Fork strategy: New EU Agriculture Commissioner wants to boost organic farming

Natasha Foote | 
The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, highlighted the promotion of organic farming as a key aim for the new ...

French seed firm strikes gene editing licensing deal, despite CRISPR’s uncertain future in EU

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
Despite the ongoing legal uncertainty over the future of new plant breeding innovation in Europe, US agricultural company Corteva Agriscience ...
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EU CRISPR-edited crop rules still unclear, a year after landmark court ruling

Natasha Foote | 
After the controversial European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in 2018 that organisms obtained by new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) ...
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EU Health Commissioner: Let’s talk about GMOs, CRISPR, because 100-year-old farming methods aren’t sustainable

Sarantis Michalopoulos | 
“We cannot achieve sustainability with the exact same production models that we used 100 years ago when all the other ...
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