2015-10-02 |

US Scientists Stress the Health Dangers of Herbicides Used with GMOs

Two scientists in the U.S. have published an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, on GMOs (genetically modified organisms), herbicides and public health. Herbicide resistance is the main GM trait for plants. Corn and soybeans genetically engineered to resist glyphosate (Roundup) were introduced in the mid-1990s and these “Roundup-Ready” crops now account for more than 90% of the corn and soybeans planted in the U.S. Along with this, glyphosate use increased by more than 250 times, from 0.4 million kg in 1974 to 113 million kg in 2014. Glyphosate-resistant weeds are now found on nearly 100 million acres in 36 states. Farmers have to resort to using stronger herbicides. Residues of glyphosate have been detected in food and water.

2015-10-01 |

Distrust over EU GM crop approvals grows as at least 13 countries move towards national bans

Press release - October 1, 2015
Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, almost half of the EU’s countries and several regions are in the process of banning the cultivation of GM crops on their territories, with more expected to follow by a 3 October deadline for notifications to the EU, said Greenpeace.

On 1 October, nine EU countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland) and one regional administration (Wallonia, in Belgium) had already formally notified the Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules. Statements by governments to the media also inform of impending notifications by four additional countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia) and two regional administrations (Scotland and Northern Ireland, in the UK).

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 13 – plus three regions – representing 63 per cent of the EU’s population and 66 per cent of its arable land. Several more countries are expected to follow suit as the deadline approaches.

2015-09-30 |

Poland opts out of GMOs

Poland is the latest country to reject genetically modified organisms in their food production, thus exercising a right granted to all EU member states earlier this year.

Poland is the eleventh country so far to officially abstain from using GM food approved by the European Commission. In a drive to address national concerns, in March Brussels authorized countries to opt out of genetically engineered crop cultivation if such a step is to be taken as a safety measure to protect not only human health and the environment, but also consumer interests and the internal market. - See more at:,Poland-opts-out-of-GMOs

2015-09-30 |

France, Germany, Poland ... ten European nations to go GMO-free

With the deadline for EU countries who wish to ban genetically GM crops drawing near, writes Oliver Tickell, Poland is the latest to register with the European Commission to go GM-free. Now the division of the EU into pro and anti-GM zones may test the single market beyond its limits.

Poland has just registered with the European Commission as an official GM-free zone. This makes it the tenth EU member state to opt out of cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops.

It joins France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Lithuania and Latvia in either filing the necessary papers with the Commission, or announcing their intention to do so.

2015-09-30 |

Germany tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops

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Germany has told the European Union it will ban cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed the EU Commission that Germany will not permit GMO cultivation on its territory, a letter from Germany's Agriculture Ministry to the Commission seen by Reuters shows.

An EU law approved in March cleared the way for new GMO crops to be approved after years of deadlock. But the law also gave individual countries the right to ban GMO crops even after they have been approved as safe by the European Commission.

Under the new EU rules, countries must by Oct. 3, 2015, inform the EU Commission if they wish to opt out of new EU GMO cultivation approvals.

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