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Herbicide-tolerant GMO soy ‘as safe as conventional counterpart’, confirms EU safety panel

In the present scientific opinion, the scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (hereafter referred ...
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Tractors block German roads as farmers ‘vent frustration’ over strict and ‘unnecessary’ limits on pesticides

Several hundred tractors blockaded roads across Germany on [Jan. 17] as farmers vented their frustration over environmental regulations. The vehicles ...
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EU Parliament calls for full ban on sale, production and use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees

The European Parliament has called on the Commission to strengthen its plan to protect Europe’s declining populations of bees and ...
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Will the EU reverse its block on CRISPR crops? Rebel countries urge regulators to reconsider legal status of gene editing

The EU Council will ask the Commission to conduct a study into the “status of novel genomic techniques” for plants ...
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EU Health Commissioner: Let’s talk about GMOs, CRISPR, because 100-year-old farming methods aren’t sustainable

“We cannot achieve sustainability with the exact same production models that we used 100 years ago when all the other ...
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Viewpoint: New EU Parliament should stop ‘shunning science’ and embrace GMOs

The recently elected European Parliament (EP) should bring with it a ray of hope. Hope that Europe will rise to ...
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Bayer ready for legal battle if EU bans glyphosate in 2022, company leadership says

Bayer’s top exec on pesticides suggested the agrichemical giant would consider legal action if the EU decides to ban the ...
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Debate over GMO, CRISPR crop rules ‘essential’ as EU agriculture adapts to changing climate

In the hot summer of 2018, German farmers received €340 million in drought aid, and it will certainly not be ...
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Former EU food safety commissioner: Europe can’t afford to ignore the crop gene editing revolution

Debate on new breeding techniques is intense. Sometimes dubbed by their opponents as the “new GMOs” who raise concerns over ...
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EU rapeseed could recover from poor summer harvest, but neonic insecticide ban poses ‘painful’ challenge

Rapeseed sowings in major EU producers could increase after this summer’s poor harvest although restrictions on insecticides are causing problems ...
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Viewpoint: Organic industry anti-pesticide ‘propaganda’ threatens to cripple American agriculture

Misleading half-truths and outright misstatements offer a teaching moment about “advocacy research.” ...
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90% of Europeans fear biotech crops? New survey busts the popular anti-GMO myth

A special Eurobarometer survey report on food safety was published [in June]. It shows once again that the regularly promoted ...
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Viewpoint: France’s bad science—its stances on food safety and GMOs at sharp odds with European scientists

Paris is worried that the whitening additive that makes sweets gleam — titanium dioxide, also called E171 — and is ...
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Plant breeders will move CRISPR gene-editing programs out of EU without updated regulations, industry group says

A number of breeding companies have promised to relocate their advanced mutagenesis breeding programs outside Europe and others will follow ...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley: EU hostility to biotech, conventional agriculture shouldn’t be allowed to ‘scuttle’ trade talks with US

When trade representatives visit me to discuss biotechnology products, often the first thing I do is eat a genetically modified ...
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May election offers Europe chance to embrace gene editing and ‘smart agriculture,’ boost sustainable farming

On May 26, Europeans will be able to vote to elect new MEPs. This election will no doubt provide an ...
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Viewpoint: EU neonicotinoid insecticide restrictions could ‘disrupt global trade flows’

Farmers and the agri-chemical industry are criticizing the European Parliament for seeking to export the EU’s stringent standards on pesticides ...
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US agriculture official slams EU’s ‘backward-looking’ GMO crop import rules

A U.S. agriculture official took a swipe at the European Union’s import policies in agriculture, a sector America has been ...
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Gene-edited crops declared GMOs in EU court ruling

Organisms created by methods that alter the DNA, including CRISPR gene editing, should be subject to the same EU laws as ...
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Several European Union nations rebuked over efforts to sidestep neonicotinoid ban

At least two EU countries continue to use emergency exemptions to sidestep a ban on pesticides that scientists believe harm ...
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Amid activist claims Germany colluded with Big Ag to soften glyphosate regulations, Europe may switch evaluation responsibility to France

Monsanto’s quest to keep its controversial weedkiller Roundup on the European market faces another challenge. The European Commission is pushing for ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s neonicotinoid ban is a ‘scientific fraud’ and won’t protect bees

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states ...
Viewpoint: French media's 'fake news' on glyphosate herbicide endangers science in Europe

Viewpoint: French media’s ‘fake news’ on glyphosate herbicide endangers science in Europe

In Europe, technical matters which should be science-based, such as the authorization of marketing for chemicals or genetically engineered plants, ...
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Far more toxic than glyphosate: Copper sulfate, used by organic and conventional farmers, cruises to European reauthorization

Over the past months, the European Union and several member nations have vigorously debated re-authorizing glyphosate, the herbicide maligned by ...
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Europe missed out on GMO biotech revolution. What’s going to happen with gene editing?

As a plant geneticist in Europe, I must carefully pick my way through some of the most onerous constraints to ...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory overreach looms as obstacle for New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in agriculture

The fast-moving world of plant breeding — fueled by advances in CRISPR and other techniques — has tossed a wrench ...
Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

Viewpoint: How European activists lobby for a glyphosate ban despite findings of its safety

In January, the European Parliament announced that it will set up a Special Committee on the Union’s authorization procedure for ...