GMO-free news from the Netherlands

2014-04-17 |

USA: Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling

The Vermont Senate voted 26-2 vote earlier this week, approving a bill to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, the Burlington Free Press reports, speculating that Vermont could be the nation’s first state to enact such a law.

2014-04-16 |

UK: Owen Paterson refused Freedom of Information request about 'Frankenfood' talks

Ministers are trying to cover up secret briefings with GM companies hoping to push ‘Frankenfood’ on to dinner tables.

2014-04-16 |

USA: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology

The dedication of Dr. Norman Borlaug's statue in the U.S. Capitol last month brought together an amazing array of Democrats and Republicans, united in highlighting his accomplishments in feeding the world. The event also prompted the president of the United States to give his clearest endorsement to date of the important role biotechnology plays in agriculture.

2014-04-16 |

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

2014-04-16 |

Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

2014-04-16 |

Caritas Calls on EU to Support Agroecological Small-scale Farming

Bauer The EU should focus on small-scale farming to alleviate hunger (Photo: Lakshman Nadaraja/World Bank)

The European Union should support the eradication of world hunger as a priority for the post-2015 agenda, and push for a clear definition of a “Zero Hunger” goal, addressing all the root causes of hunger. This is one the key message of a new report Caritas Europa presented at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The report calls on the EU to take urgent action in six areas: The right to food; small-scale agriculture; climate change; nutrition resilience, and policy coherence for development. It includes several recommendations on how to create sustainable food systems and how the EU can champion the fight against world hunger. First of all, decision makers should mainstream the right to food as a priority in all policies with an impact on agriculture and food security. In addition, Caritas Europe calls on the EU and its member states to support agro-ecological small-scale farming activities. No funding should be allocated to high-input agricultural activities that destroy eco-systems. The report further recommends that the EU regulate and monitor European private sector investments in developing countries’ agriculture with a view to prioritizing the empowerment of smallholders and their access to productive resources. Attention should also be paid to the multifunctionality of agriculture by addressing food security challenges not only from the perspective of food production but also by considering the socio-cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of agriculture. According to Caritas, particular attention should be given to preserving traditional knowledge and enhancing farmers’ skills and knowledge on biodiversity, with a special focus on women farmers, who produce more than half of the food in the world.

2014-04-15 |

UK: Experts urge change to GM regulation

Europe's stringent regulation of genetically modified crops has no rational basis and should be revamped to allow countries who want to opt out and grow GM foods to do so, British scientific advisers said on Friday.

2014-04-15 |

New Zealand: Greens attack AgResearch GE spend

The Green Party is criticising AgResearch for what it says is its un-natural level of spending on genetic engineering experiments on livestock and forage crops.

2014-04-15 |

Germany: Market Realities Showcased by Turn to GM Soybean Meal

The availability of, and preference for, non-genetically modified (non-GM) soybeans as an animal feed is again being debated in Germany.

2014-04-15 |

EFSA observers welcome ongoing open plenary initiative

EFSA’s open plenary meetings demonstrate how the Authority is working to serve consumers, promote open science and provide a forum for dialogue and debate. These are the views of observers who came from across Europe to attend the latest open meeting on GMOs at EFSA’s headquarters in Parma, Italy.

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