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EU braces for landmark decision on whether CRISPR, other New Plant Breeding Techniques will be regulated as GMOs

Simon Marks | 
UPDATE: The European Court of Justice's advocate general has said gene editing technologies should be largely exempted from EU laws ...
Biotech advocates hope Trump tackles regulatory overreach on GMO crops

Biotech advocates hope Trump tackles regulatory overreach on GMO crops

Jenny Hopkinson | 
The agricultural biotech sector is cheering President Donald Trump's assault on regulatory overreach, seeing its best shot in years to ...
Leaked draft of EU report reveals mixed findings on neonicotinoids and bees

Leaked draft of EU report reveals mixed findings on neonicotinoids and bees

Simon Marks | 
Draft findings from the European Food Safety Authority feed into a long-running, heated and so far inconclusive debate into why Europe’s ...
How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

Giulia Paravicini, Simon Marks | 
If Paris and Rome carry through with their plans to ban glyphosate, a small group of French, Italian and Belgian ...
Food fight: GMO labeling disagreements behind food lobby shakeup?

Food fight: GMO labeling disagreements behind food lobby shakeup?

Helena Evich, Catherine Boudreau | 
Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, rocked food circles in late October with the news that it was leaving the ...
USDA expects quick approval for genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease in Florida

USDA expects quick approval for genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease in Florida

Jenny Hopkinson | 
The Agriculture Department is expected to allow Florida citrus growers to start using a genetically engineered virus to protect trees ...
IARC rejects US House science committee's request to testify on glyphosate cancer report scandals

IARC rejects US House science committee’s request to testify on glyphosate cancer report scandals

Christine Haughney, Maya Parthasarathy | 
The International Agency for Research on Cancer will not comply with a House science committee's request related to the agency's conclusions on ...
EU ban of globally used glyphosate would disrupt agricultural and food markets

EU ban of globally used glyphosate would disrupt agricultural and food markets

Giulia Paravicini, Simon Marks | 
Some of Europe’s biggest trade partners fear a potential EU ban on glyphosate could hit exports of crops ranging from ...
European Commission seeks 5 to 7 year renewal of glyphosate herbicide—down from 10

European Commission seeks 5 to 7 year renewal of glyphosate herbicide—down from 10

Giulia Paravicini, Quentin Ariès | 
The European Commission will seek to extend the license of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide — for between five ...
Italy expected to vote against EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

Italy expected to vote against EU renewal of glyphosate herbicide

Giulia Paravicini | 
Italy intends to vote against the [European] Commission’s proposal to renew for 10 years the market authorization for glyphosate, the active ingredient ...
7 meat alternatives that could reduce strain of feeding a growing population

7 meat alternatives that could reduce strain of feeding a growing population

Mitch Blunt | 
Livestock production is a major contributor to climate change, especially in wealthier countries like the U.S., and won’t be able ...
Climate change: Could rising carbon dioxide levels explain decreasing nutrient levels in foods?

Climate change: Could rising carbon dioxide levels explain decreasing nutrient levels in foods?

Helena Evich | 
“Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep rising,”[Irakli Loladze, Ph.D ...
Kevin Folta sues NY Times, reporter Lipton for ‘malicious' 2015 profile labeling scientist Monsanto ‘lackey’

Kevin Folta sues NY Times, reporter Lipton for ‘malicious’ 2015 profile labeling scientist Monsanto ‘lackey’

Jenny Hopkinson | 
In a complaint filed [September 1st, 2017]  in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, [University of ...
Judge ponders removal of lawyers behind glyphosate class action suit for possible illegal media release of classified documents

Judge ponders removal of lawyers behind glyphosate class action suit for possible illegal media release of classified documents

Helena Evich | 
A federal judge [heard] arguments [on August 24] at a federal court in San Francisco over whether the lead attorneys ...
Scientists skeptical EU neonicotinoid ban would help bees

Scientists skeptical EU neonicotinoid ban would help bees

Simon Marks | 
As the EU prepares to rule on extending a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, a large-scale study opened the door for industry to argue ...
Organic industry forms 'anti-fraud task force' following discovery of 'contaminated' USDA-certified imports

Organic industry forms ‘anti-fraud task force’ following discovery of ‘contaminated’ USDA-certified imports

Catherine Boudreau | 
A task force convened by the Organic Trade Association will get to work [June 2017] on developing a best-practices guide for ...
GMO labeling could be top line on Sonny Perdue's menu once confirmed as secretary of agriculture

GMO labeling could be top line on Sonny Perdue’s menu once confirmed as secretary of agriculture

Jason Huffman | 
Should Sonny Perdue be confirmed as the next secretary of Agriculture, it will fall to him to end the biggest ...
Ayman Jallad: Mysterious Syrian-Lebanese businessman funds anti-GMO activist network in Europe

Ayman Jallad: Mysterious Syrian-Lebanese businessman funds anti-GMO activist network in Europe

Giulia Paravicini, Harry Cooper | 
Ayman Jallad has two battles on his hands. The Syrian-Lebanese businessman is in the challenging business of selling imported Caterpillar ...
Biotech proponents ask Trump Administration to fast-track updated GMO regulations, unshackle innovation

Biotech proponents ask Trump Administration to fast-track updated GMO regulations, unshackle innovation

Jason Huffman | 
In July 2015 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, under President Barack Obama, mandated that the USDA, ...
Healthy eating: Why doesn't US government spend more on specialty crop research?

Healthy eating: Why doesn’t US government spend more on specialty crop research?

Helena Evich | 
As the country seeks solutions to the obesity epidemic, there’s been plenty of debate about how to get people to ...
Can Europe reform its GMO regulatory sausage-making mess?

Can Europe reform its GMO regulatory sausage-making mess?

Simon Marks | 
Jean-Claude Juncker has had enough of EU states scapegoating Brussels for their failures. Over his first two years as president ...
What will Trump's '2-for-1' executive order limiting regulations mean for GMO labeling law?

What will Trump’s ‘2-for-1’ executive order limiting regulations mean for GMO labeling law?

Ian Kullgren | 
President Donald Trump has offered federal agencies a regulatory 2-for-1 deal they can’t refuse... Trump’s latest executive order, signed Monday, ...
Days before inauguration, Trump's secretary of agriculture pick still unclear

Days before inauguration, Trump’s secretary of agriculture pick still unclear

A behind-the-scenes fight between agribusiness tycoons and members of Donald Trump’s camp who want more diversity in the Cabinet has ...
Greenpeace scientist Doug Parr on GMO debate: "Facts matter less"

Greenpeace scientist Doug Parr on GMO debate: “Facts matter less”

Doug Parr | 
Many people criticize Greenpeace for backing the scientific consensus when it comes to climate change, but not when it comes to the safety of GMOs ...
Delayed by IARC designation, EPA glyphosate reassessment punted to next administration

Delayed by IARC designation, EPA glyphosate reassessment punted to next administration

Jenny Hopkinson | 
For anyone who thought EPA’s glyphosate risk assessment would arrive sometime soon, think again. The new target is for the ...

Internal conflict in French government affecting EU policy on glyphosate, other agrochemicals

Nicholas Vinocur | 
A duel in the . . . French government is shaking up Europe’s food and farming sector, turning the Continent’s political ...

Agriculture, food industries’ communication failures led to GMO vilification

Helena Bottemiller Evich | 
In case you missed it, President Barack Obama late [July 29] signed the GMO labeling bill into law, nullifying Vermont's measure ...

EPA criticized for ignoring its own scientists’ findings that glyphosate isn’t carcinogenic

Jenny Hopkinson | 
. . . . Following the EPA’s notice in the Federal Register that it was seeking nominations for an expert panel ...