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New GMO documentary: “The Peril On Your Plate”

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.05.2018 Editor

The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.


Monsanto met with contempt by media

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

24.05.2018 Editor

First results of Ramazzini Institute´s Global Glyphosate Study were presented officially in a press conference at the European Parliament. Sustainable Pulse commented Monsanto has committed an epic fail.


Germany: Glyphosate debate takes effect

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Three quarters of all Germans have heard of the topic "Glyphosate in food", according to the Consumer Monitor 2/2018 of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) an increase of 14% to 2017.


India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.05.2018 Editor

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to labal all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients.


USA: smiley label for GMO foods introduced

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.05.2018 Editor

GMWatch UK informed about the proposals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to label food that contains genetically engeneered ingredients. The drafts show smileys and sunny faces as labels.


Global protests: March Against Monsanto #MAM

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.05.2018 Karin Heinze

The organisation March Against Monsanto #MAM announced that 2018 May 19th will be the date for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The global events will take place in hundreds of cities on six continents with the objective to further educate and raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and the increasingly toxic food supply, as well as its merger with the German pesticide, GMO and pharmaceutical giant Bayer.  


USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2018 Editor

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.


IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.04.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture). Because of the high risk of adventitious presence of GMOs at different steps of the production chain and the consequences, there is a huge effort and high expense for measures to avoid contamination. The study aims at identifying coexistence strategies of non-GM and organic supply chain actors to ensure GMO-free products and estimate the coexistence costs.


New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

19.04.2018 Editor

Research results from China show that plants made resistant to glyphosate by genetic engineering have a surprisingly high potential for uncontrolled spread.


New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".


Belgium: Brussels government takes Commission to EU Court over glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.03.2018 Editor

The government of the Brussels region has decided to file a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its decision to re-authorise the pesticide glyphosate in Europe. Belgium was among the nine member states that voted against the renewal of the controversial chemical substance.


EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.


GMO: EU General Court strengthens the precautionary principle

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

20.03.2018 Editor

Last week the General Court of the European Union confirmed the right of civil society organisations to submit legal cases concerning the health risks of genetically engineered plants.


Monsanto demands data from glyphosate opponents before US court

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

07.03.2018 Editor

Monsanto has sued the Avaaz campaign network. Avaaz shall transfer all internal data of its glyphosate campaign to Monsanto. The Supreme Court of the State of New York has issued an order to this effect. Avaaz has appealed and is collecting donations to defend itself against the corporation.


Genome editing: Legal expert criticises opinion of Attorney General of the EuCJ

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.03.2018 Editor

On 18 January, the Attorney General of the EU Court of Justice (EuCJ) published his position on whether or not so-called genome editing must be regulated under current EU GMO legislation. On behalf of Testbiotech, expert Professor Ludwig Kraemer has analysed the position and says that there is no doubt that the new methods of genetic engineering must be regulated under the current EU Directive 2001/18.


Bayer-Monsanto: authorities are still investigating

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

12.02.2018 Editor

Bayer AG submitted "extensive commitments" to the European Commission to approve the acquisition of the US seed giant Monsanto, reports  the German GMO information service Infodienst Gentechnik.


GMOs: IFOAM releases Position Paper

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

24.01.2018 Editor

IFOAM - Organics International has released a position paper that  is proposing a number of measures to be put in place to further fortify and enhance the organic sector’s available genetic resources in order to safeguard organic integrity and to ensure organic food will continue to meet the highest consumer expectations in this challenging situation.


EU lawyer: Genome Editing can be exempted from GMO directive

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

22.01.2018 Editor

According to Advocate General Bobek, organisms obtained by mutagenesis are, in principle, exempted from
the obligations in the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive.


The European Glyphosate battle

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.01.2018 Editor

The European permit for the world's best-selling herbicide glyphosate was set to expire in December 2017. The EU Commission´s proposal to renew it for another 15 years caused a storm of protest. In a review of the last year the Monsanto Tribunal organisation reports about this European battle.


Testbiotech accuses companies of manipulating GMO risk assessment

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

29.12.2017 Editor

According to a Testbiotech analysis, there are clear indications that the companies Dow and Bayer manipulated the data for risk assessment of their genetically engineered soybeans. The claim is based on analysis of the data presented by the companies for risk assessment in the EU.


Glyphosate: majority of MEPs for Commission decision to be annulled? 

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.12.2017 Editor

The Greens/EFA group will try to build a majority in the European Parliament to refer the European Commission’s decision to renew the licence for glyphosate to the European Court of Justice.


Gates Foundation lobbies for gene drive

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.12.2017 Editor

As documents published earlier this week show, an international campaign is underway behind the scenes to pave the way for the release of genetically engineered insects and mammals, carrying a so-called gene drive.


South Australia votes to keep GM crop ban in place

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.11.2017 Editor

South Australia is set to extend its ban on growing genetically modified crops until 2025, after a Bill proposed by Green members in the state government was passed by a single vote this week.


Breaking: EU renews glyphosate licence for five years

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

27.11.2017 Karin Heinze

It´s hardly to believe! Germany voted yes for a five years renewal for the weedkiller glyphosate - this ensured the qualified majority for the approval.While massive protests took place the member states disregarded the citizens requirements. 

 


Demand for new German government: safeguard GMO free products

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.10.2017 Editor

Current seed evaluation shows that zero tolerance against GMOs works. Greenpeace, Bioland and IG Seed require to safeguard GMO free products.

 


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