GMO-free news from Luxembourg

2013-10-16 |

Luxembourg: 'Reared without GMOs' Label for Meat and Dairy

Luxembourg’s government has finalized and put up for consultation a regulation for the introduction of the label ‘Reared without GMOs’ for milk, meat and eggs.

2010-09-17 |

Luxembourg joins Hungary and Austria in EU court case against Amflora

Greenpeace applauded Luxembourg after it yesterday joined Hungary and Austria in their legal challenge over the authorisation of BASF’s genetically modified potato Amflora. The countries are taking their fight to the European Court of Justice arguing that the European Commission acted illegally in authorising Amflora, which contains an antibiotic-resistance gene.

2010-06-21 |

Luxembourg bans the ”Amflora” GM poatato

During the this morning’s ”Safety on my plate” conference on the safety of the food chain, Luxembourg’s Health Minister Mars Di Bartolomeo banned the cultivation of BASF’s ”Amflora” GM potato in Luxembourg, in the presence of the Agriculture Minister Romain Schneider.

2009-09-01 |

Greenpeace campaign starts in Luxembourg

Greenpeace launched their European campaign against genetically modified rice in Luxembourg last Friday. The aim of the campaign is to reject the European Commission’s proposal to authorise pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s genetically modified rice LL62. The rice is resistant to glufosinate, a pesticide which is produced by the same company. The product is highly toxic and the new European reform on pesticides plans to ban the use of glufosinate once the current authorisation expires.

2009-08-25 |

Greenpeace campaign starts in Luxembourg

Greenpeace launched their European campaign against genetically modified rice in Luxembourg last Friday. The aim of the campaign is to reject the European Commission’s proposal to authorise pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s genetically modified rice LL62. The rice is resistant to glufosinate, a pesticide which is produced by the same company. The product is highly toxic and the new European reform on pesticides plans to ban the use of glufosinate once the current authorisation expires.

2009-08-25 |

Greenpeace gegen LL62 in Luxemburg

Reiskörner Der Gentechnik-Reis LL62 von Bayer Crop Science ist gegen das hauseigene Spritzmittel Glufosinat resistent. Photo: Christian Seidel / pixelio.de

Greenpeace hat seine Kampange gegen eine europaweite Zulassung des gentechnisch veränderten Reises LL62 nun auch in Luxemburg gestartet. Der Reis zählt zu den herbizidtoleranten Gentechnik-Sorten und ist unempfindlich gegenüber dem Unkrautvernichtungsmittel Glufosinat (Liberty Link), welches, wie LL62 selbst, von Bayer produziert wird. Inzwischen hat sich die Beweislage gegen Glufosinat jedoch so verschärft, dass die EU (EU-Beschluss, Januar 2009) es europaweit verbieten möchte. Bereits 2006 war Bayer mit Reis in die Schlagzeilen geraten, damals waren Spuren des nicht zugelassenen Gentechnik-Reises LL601 in handelsüblichen Produkten in Deutschland und anderen EU-Ländern aufgetaucht und hatten für einen Eklat gesorgt.

2009-03-24 |

Luxembourg to become fifth EU country to ban Monsanto GM maize

Luxembourg is expected to join Austria, France, Greece and Hungary in banning the use and sale of a genetically modified (GM) maize developed by US chemical company Monsanto. ”Last year, EU ministers called for a re-think in the way GM crops are assessed in Europe. Faced with the Commission’s reticence to take these concerns on board, EU countries have no other choice but to protect their citizens and their environment with national bans,” said Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU GMO policy director.

2009-02-24 |

Luxembourg, European Capital, declared ”GMO-free City”

The city of Luxembourg, a European capital, has declared itself a ”GMO-free city” along with two thirds of the local city communes, thereby refusing the release of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on its lands and in its funded food catering services. The GM-free Luxembourg intitative is a coalition of 25 civil society organisations which founded and launched the ”GM-free Luxembourg” campaign in the summer of 2006. Since then, two thirds of the Communes [local authorities] declared themselves ”GM-free Communes”.