GMO-free news from Italy

2014-06-04 |

Italy: farmer fighting for the right to grow GM corn on his land

Neatly ploughed, furrowed fields sit at the base of the Italian Alps. This fertile plain, called Magredi, is part nature reserve, part farm country and, lately, part pain-in-the-neck for the Italian government.

2014-05-02 |

Italian court upholds ban on planting of Monsanto MON810 GM corn

A regional court in Italy has upheld the country's national ban on the planting of Monsanto's MON810 corn.
The ruling cites the precautionary principle, which allows governments to take protective measures without having to wait for the risks to become fully realised.

2013-10-03 |

Italy: Watchdog challenges attempt to ban GM maize

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has challenged Italy’s attempts to ban a genetically modified maize product from biotech group Monsanto.
The EFSA’s assessment of the Italian ban on the cultivation of the maize Mon810 and other GM crops followed a European Court of Justice ruling that such a ‘de facto’ ban was illegal.

2013-07-24 |

Italy to ban Monsanto GMO corn with 80% public support

First India gives Monsanto a run for their ill-gotten money by refusing their patent applications, and now Italy, with the help of three Italian ministries, will try to undo Monsanto.

2013-07-24 |

Italy to ban Monsanto GMO corn with 80% public support

First India gives Monsanto a run for their ill-gotten money by refusing their patent applications, and now Italy, with the help of three Italian ministries, will try to undo Monsanto.

2013-07-09 |

GMOs in Italian artisan foods: traditions impacted by biotech?

Parmesan cheese and other beloved Italian food exports give the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Italy international breadth. Though GM crops are banned from Italian fields, much of the country’s livestock is fed with GM soy imported from Brazil and Argentina.

2013-06-26 |

Italian farm minister pushes for GM crop ban

Italian agriculture minister Nunzia De Girolamo said this week that she will seek a ban on genetically modified crops in Italy. The farming minister said she had the backing of the country's health and environment ministers.
In April, Italian government officials wrote to the European Commission requesting the EU executive reject the renewal of a controversial genetically modified maize variety – currently Europe's only GM crop licensed for commercial cultivation.

2013-04-11 |

Italy asks EU to halt GM maize cultivation

The Italian government has asked the European Commission not to renew authorisation of a key genetically-modified corn, according to a letter seen by AFP on Thursday. The product is US agri-giant Monsanto’s MON 810 maize, one of only two GM products cleared to be grown in Europe along with German conglomerate BASF’s Amflora potato. Renewal of the maize licence is currently on hold due to hostility or reticence by a string of European Union states.

2012-11-15 |

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology receives USD 6m grant from Gates Foundation for African biosafety project

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) has received a grant exceeding US $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the implementation of a project to assist the regulation of agricultural biotechnology products in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will be carried out by the Centre’s Biosafety Unit, by personnel based in its Trieste (Italy) and Cape Town (South Africa) components, and will focus on the development of effective safety and regulatory systems for the regulation of GMOs: a very relevant topic, not only for sub-Saharan Africa countries.

2012-10-31 |

Italian GM trees go up in smoke after trial approval ran out 4 years ago

The final act of the controversy triggered last June 1st, 2012, when an anti-GMO organisation wrote a letter of protest to both the Italian departments of agriculture and environment was burned last Monday, October 29th, at the experimental field by the University of Tuscia (Viterbo - Italy). [...] the research project conducted by the Italian University of Tuscia was authorized in 1998 and it had no risks for humans and for the environment, as testified by many inspections in the experimental site, as well as by leading experts of Italian scientific institutions. Researchers had already asked for an extension of the authorisation some years ago, but nobody answered.

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