Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering15.09.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering23.08.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering11.08.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering01.08.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering21.07.2016 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The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering13.07.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering05.07.2016 Editor
The appearance of teosinte is having serious consequences for agriculture. The situation could worsen if it crosses with genetically modified maize.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering30.06.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering29.06.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering17.06.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering14.06.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering09.06.2016 Editor
For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering17.05.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering10.05.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering10.05.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering03.05.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering27.04.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering26.04.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering25.03.2016 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).
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering10.03.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering08.03.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering03.03.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering26.02.2016 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.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering05.02.2016 Editor
On Wednesday, 3 February 2015 the European Parliament voted to oppose the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans into the European Union.
Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering26.01.2016 Karin Heinze
The big demo against the agriculture industry that took place during the International Green Week in Berlin has become a regular event. For the sixth time, over 100 organisations called for a demonstration. Around 23,000 people responded with a march on Saturday 16 January 2016.