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German retail trade wants more GMO-free milk

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.09.2016 Redaktion

With the introduction of  its Milbona brand GMO-free fresh milk nationwide, the German discounter Lidl has set an example. More retailers are expected to follow suit and will soon be selling GMO-free milk.


Jumbo merger: takeover of Monsanto by Bayer

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The German chemicals corporation Bayer has announced  the friendly take-over of its US competitor Monsanto. Bayer is paying Monsanto shareholders US$128  per share - a premium of 44 % on the quoted price.


Monsanto in court

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

23.08.2016 Karin Heinze

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.


Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

11.08.2016 Editor

Together, the IFOAM Organics International, Navdanya, Organic Consumers Association, Biovision and many more are organizing The People’s Assembly as well as The Monsanto Tribunal, 14 -16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.


Monsanto Tribunal: Vadana Shiva´s Call to Action

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

01.08.2016 Editor

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Dr. Vandana Shiva calls to action and explains the background.


USA: organic farmers criticise corporation-dominated organic umbrella organization

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

21.07.2016 Editor

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.


EU: member states support restrictions of use for Glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

13.07.2016 Editor

The European Union Member States have voted in favor of limiting the use of the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, the European Commission announced on Monday.

 


Spanish government does not respond to the risk of massive transgenic contamination

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.07.2016 Editor

The appearance of teosinte is having serious consequences for agriculture. The situation could worsen if it crosses with genetically modified maize.


Glyphosate Update: Final EU Commission decision

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.06.2016 Editor

The Commission adopted the extension of the current approval of glyphosate for a limited period until the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has concluded its review and gave recommendations on the use of glyphosate.


Glyphosate is to receive 18 months extension

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

29.06.2016 Editor

As the European Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Tuesday at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Luxembourg the Commission will extend the European approval for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate to 18 months.


Largest independent’ study on crop biotechnology under scrutiny

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.06.2016 Editor

The Factor GMO is a project primarily organized by a Russian NGO called the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) and claims to be the worlds largest independent study of GMO safety.


Bayer&Monsanto: the next merger in the agrochemical industry is imminent

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

14.06.2016 Editor

Merger mania has broken out among agrochemical corporations. Chinese ChemChina wants to buy Swiss Syngenta, Dow Chemical and DuPont want to join and Bayer has offered US$62bn for its competitor Monsanto.


EU: glyphosate authorisation fails again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.06.2016 Editor

For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.


China: consequences of the Syngenta acquisition

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.05.2016 Editor

With the aquisition of Swiss GMO company Syngenta China puts genetically modified food on menu. But a majority of Chinese consumers don´t want it.


Modified mushrooms not considered as GMO

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators pondered an outwardly unremarkable mushroom for two and a half years before they decided its GMO status earlier this month.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.


EU vote: German minister can ban glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.05.2016 Karin Heinze

It is likely that on 18 or 19 May the EU member states will vote on whether and under what conditions to approve the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate. An open letter calls on the German Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, to vote against approval and thus to prevent further authorisation of glyphosate. The European Commission now wants to restrict the renewal of authorisation to 10 years. In its proposal at the beginning of March renewal was for 15 years. The Dutch Council Presidency had called for a reduction of five years, the Greens asked for a complete ban.


Anti-GMO March and Protest Movement against Monsanto

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

27.04.2016 Editor

On the 21st of May 2016, South Africans will once again unite, in numerous cities throughout the country, to protest Monsanto’s aggressive attempts to force genetically modified organisms.


Attack on Vermont's GMO labeling law!

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.04.2016 Editor

Under pressure from Monsanto and Big Food lobbyists, Vermont lawmakers are weighing a rider to the state budget bill that would let food companies off the hook for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law until January 1, 2018.


Glyphosate: European Environment Commission votes against approval

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

25.03.2016 Editor

The European Commission “should not renew the approval of the herbicide substance glyphosate on the EU market” voted the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI).


Glyphosate - an investigative film

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.03.2016 Editor

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.


Glyphosate: majority of Germans contaminated

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.03.2016 Editor

A new report analysed glyphosate residue in urine and it concluded that 75% of the target group displayed levels that were five times higher than the legal limit of drinking water.


Seed giants active around new methods of genetic engineering

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

03.03.2016 Redaktion

The German organisation Testbiotech has published a report which for the first time gives an overview of patents filed by large corporations for the use of gene-editing and synthetic gene technology in food plants.


Transgenic maize authorisation must be rescinded

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.02.2016 Editor

Thirteen civil society organisations have officially alerted the European Commission that the wild ancestor of cultivated maize, teosinte, has appeared in Spain and is spreading widely in maize growing areas as an invasive species.


EU Parliament opposes import of three herbicide-resistant GM crops

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.02.2016 Editor

On Wednesday, 3 February 2015 the European Parliament voted to oppose the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans into the European Union.


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