GMO news related to Austria


No patents on plants and animals! Time for action – Now! 2017 How YOU can make a CHANGE!

This document explains what measures can be taken by civil society to make their voice heard in order to prevent patents on conventionally bred plants and animals in Europe.

Provided by NO PATENTS ON SEEDS! in February 2017

Twitter: @NoPatentsOnSeed

The current situation and our goals

On 25 March 2015, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the

European Patent Office (EPO) confirmed an unacceptable

interpretation of the current patent law: while processes for

conventional breeding cannot be patented, plants and animals

stemming from these processes are patentable. This is not only

contradictory in itself, but it also undermines the prohibitions in

European patent law: “Plant and animal varieties or essentially

biological processes for production plants and animals” are

excluded from patentability (Art 53 b, EPC).


Move to standardize GM free production throughout Danube region

Newly developed labelling standards for GM free plant based foods and products of animal origin are said to be another step in the harmonization of regulations for a GM free Europe.


More egg brands switching to GM free soy from Danube region

Laying hens are proving to be the point of entry sector for inclusion of the Europe grown GM free Danube Soya, says the association behind the program.


Non-GMO: World Egg Day - The value in eggs – regional feeding with Donau Soja

Since November 2013, consumers can buy Donau Soja labelled eggs in Austrian supermarkets. Since then, the demand is continuously rising: today laying hens in Austria, Germany and Serbia are fed with Donau Soja. Donau Soja members thus advocate sustainable agriculture. Together with them, we

are celebrating the 21st World Egg Day!

Donau Soja, a program for sustainable, non-GM and regional cultivation of soya, finds greater application: More and more poultry farmers all over Europe choose European, certified soya. They are thus an important part of a sustainable and regional




The EU Commission should not renew the approval of glyphosate as long as concerns remain about its carcinogenicity, said MEPs


Biosafety Considerations for New Plant Breeding Techniques

A study by Environment Agency Austria provides a scientific overview of biotechnology-based approaches in plant breeding other than genetically modification (GM), called “new plant breeding techniques” (NPBTs). This is in response to their increased use by seed companies for commercial purposes; however, some NPBTs may be exempt from current biosafety regulations.

Since NPBTs can be used for different purposes such as introducing new traits into crop varieties or modifying existing traits and are often used in combination with other technologies including GM and conventional breeding, the study examined the biosafety aspects of different NPBTs namely, in terms of their potential adverse effects on human health and the environment as well as those associated with practical application.

Donau Soja
Donau Soja


Non-GMO DanubeSoya/DonauSoja: Field day and summer festival




4. September 2014

from 9.30am

Versuchswirtschaft Großenzersdorf

Schlosshoferstraße 31

A-2301 Großenzersdorf

9.30 Welcome and Possibility to Walk through the Demo Fields

10.30 Visiting and Documentation Demoplattform,DI Dr. Helmut Wagentristl

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Austria proposes GMO ’opt-out’ clause

After a debate on environmental risks related to the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Austria is now calling for an opt-out clause to be introduced to related EU legislation to allow individual member states to decide on cultivation. [...] The delegation argues that ”relevant socio-economic aspects could form a basis for individual member states to prohibit or regulate the cultivation of GMOs on the whole territory, or certain defined areas, of individual member states”.


Towards a GM-free Europe? Austria resists GMOs

Austrian voters want the next European Parliament to fight against genetically modified crops. Only about 20% of Austrians plan to cast European ballots, yet they want their national GMO ban left alone. EU authorisations continue to sow doubt.


EU upholds Austria, Hungary right to ban GM crops

EU environment ministers gave a stinging rebuff to the European Commission on Monday and upheld the sovereign right of Austria and Hungary to ban growing of genetically modified (GM) maize, the EU presidency said. The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, had wanted the ministers to order both countries to lift the bans within 20 days. EU law provides for national GMO bans under certain circumstances if the government can justify the prohibition. It was the third time the Commission had tried to get Austria’s bans lifted and the second for Hungary.

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