Genetic Engineering

EU: ban for British GM crops?

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

27.02.2017 Editor

As a leaked report by the European Parliament shows, there are plans to ban British products if they are contaminated with genetically modified organism.  

Korea: controversial discussion on new GMO rules

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

24.02.2017 Editor

As Korean media reported the government's new rules on genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling on products are into effect since beginning of February. The rules are revised by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

Testbiotech criticises experiments to create chimeric embryos

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.02.2017 Editor

Testbiotech, the Institute for Independent Impact Assessment of Biotechnology is highly critical of experiments attempting to create chimeric embryos by inserting human embryonic cells into embryos from animal species.

UK GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.02.2017 Editor

The UK government gave the final go-ahead for a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The planting will take place this spring.

EU: no majority for or against approval of GM maize

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

31.01.2017 Editor

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, made up of experts from the governments of the Member States, discussed the approval of several GM maize varieties for the EU - there was no majority for an approval.

Demo „We've had enough of agro-industry“ – 9 demands for a change

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

31.01.2017 Karin Heinze

Election year and Green Week: time to talk about the future of agriculture and to demonstrate for a change of direction in agriculture. The seventh “We've had enough” demo in Berlin was an opportunity to do just that – 18,000 people went onto the streets. The motley crowd marched through the government district in Berlin, but the events before and after the demo too were also a platform for targeting the demands of the organic industry, animal welfare organisations, environmentalists and critics of capitalism etc. at politicians (Video).

We are fed up with the agricultural industry!

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

24.01.2017 Editor

Under the motto "We are fed up with the agricultural industry!" 18,000 farmers and citizens demand a change in agricultural and nutrition policy. The alliance calls for a 9-point plan for animal, environment and climate change in agriculture.

Canada: majority of consumers still opposed to GM food

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

20.01.2017 Editor

GM foods have been on the Canadian market since many years and although government has repeatedly assured consumers of their safety, consumers remain wary.

Demo in Berlin: focus on farm closures and Monsanto deal

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

11.01.2017 Editor

“Agricultural corporations: keep your hands off our food!” – with this motto tens of thousands will again go onto the streets in Berlin on 21 January. The occasion is the “We've had enough!” demonstration demanding a fundamental change to agricultural and nutrition policy.

Genetically modified rape: deadline for elimination extended

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.01.2017 Editor

The EU Commission decided at the end of 2016 to extend the deadline for the elimination of various types of GM rape to 31.12.2019, because Bayer CropSciences is having problems in removing the contamination in food products.

Study shows major molecular differences between GMO and non-GMO corn

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.01.2017 Editor

A unique new study published in the scientific journal Nature has used molecular profiles to reveal major differences in composition between a GMO corn and its non-GMO parent.

Animal experiments: one million GMO animals used in Germany in 2016

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.01.2017 Editor

According to the official statistics published for 2015 more than 1.1 million genetically engineered animals has been used in Germany. Testbiotech demands political initiatives to stop this growing trend in animal suffering.

Gene editing must be labeled GMO

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

04.01.2017 Editor

The new generation of products from gene-edited origin is appearing. The German association VLOG stated these products must be tested, regulated and labelled as GMOs.

Argentinia: Federal Prosecutor requests ban on GMO crops

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.01.2017 Editor

The Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready).

China: Heilongjiang province bans GMOs

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

02.01.2017 Editor

According to several sources China´s top grain producing province Heilongjiang has decided in December to prohibit to grow GMO crops. The regulation will become effective on May 1,2017.

EU Court: authorisation of GM soya lawful

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.12.2016 Editor

The GM soya "Intacta" can continue to be sold in the EU.  On Thursday, the EU court (ECJ) in Luxembourg rejected an action against the marketing of this variety produced by Monsanto and contained in animal feed and food for humans.

ChemChina further extended takeover offer to Syngenta

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

29.12.2016 Editor

The absence of regulatory approvals has forced the Chinese chemical company ChemChina to extend its takeover offer to the Swiss seed and crop protection company Syngenta once more.

Review of the year 2016

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

27.12.2016 Karin Heinze

Not an easy year - politically as well as for the organic industry. Although turnover is still growing political developments as in the UK, in Turkey and the US will all impact on to the organic sector. The worldwide organic movement is working on new ideas and is fighting very hard against GMO and pesticides. Looking back over the organic year, we are summarising important events, market data, developments, trends and reports from Europe and across the world. Please join us for our review! Many more themes are available in our archive and on YouTube  and Twitter.

Glyphosate: EFSA shares raw data from risk assessment

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

20.12.2016 Editor

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has shared the raw data that was used in the EU safety evaluation of the pesticide glyphosate. The information has been sent to a group of MEPs who submitted an official request to see the information.

Genetic engineering law: German Federal Council calls for corrections

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

19.12.2016 Editor

The German Federal Council Bundesrat calls for comprehensive corrections and improvements to the draft of the new Genetic Engineering Act (Opt out).

EU safety review on glyphosate still pending

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.12.2016 Editor

Although there has been shown clear evidence of the cancerogen potential of the weedkiller glyphosate by the WHO IARC study and the EU Parliament voted against an extension the commission will not accelerate the review. 

German Minister for the Environment opposed to the release of organisms with a 'gene-drive'

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

07.12.2016 Editor

The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'.

Moratorium on new genetic extinction technology at UN convention

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

06.12.2016 Editor

Gene drive technology poses serious and potentially irreversible threats to biodiversity, as well as national sovereignty, peace, and food security, declare 160 global groups at the COP13 meetings in Cancun, Mexico. 


Nigeria: Agency warns against consumption of genetically-modified foods

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

06.12.2016 Editor

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) of Nigeria has warned the public of genetically-modified products that are on offer in some stores. None of the products has yet been approved for local and commercial consumption.

US National Organic Standards: no GMO 2.0

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

02.12.2016 Editor

According to US-based Organic Consumers Association (OCA) the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) decided last month that new GMO technologies won´t be allowed in organics.

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