17.07.2007 |

EU ministers pave way for biotech potato crops

EU farm ministers clashed on Monday on whether to approve a genetically modified (GMO) potato for growing, passing the final say to the bloc’s executive and thus paving the way for the first new ”live” GMO crop for years. Developed by German chemicals group BASF, the potato yields high amounts of starch. While it would be grown in Europe’s fields, it is not intended for direct human consumption and its starch would be used in industries like paper-making.

17.07.2007 |

Finnish Minister of Agriculture demands labelling of GMO feed

Minister of Agriculture Sirkka-Liisa Antilla hopes meat manufacturers and processors using genetically modified feed would voluntarily indicate this on their products. She said the preservation of consumer confidence in Finnish foodstuffs was essential. The Minister added consumers had the right to know what they purchased and put into their food.

16.07.2007 |

Cyprus House stands firm on GM law

PARLIAMENT yesterday refused to acknowledge a veto by President Tassos Papadopoulos on the stacking of products with Genetically Modified (GM) content on separate supermarket shelves, the Green Party said. A bill providing for separate display was passed by Parliament on June 14 but was vetoed by the President, who said it would have to be amended. The bill had been before Parliament for two years and when it was passed it made Cyprus the first EU country to create such a law.

16.07.2007 |

USDA seeks public comment on draft programmatic environmental impact statement on GE organisms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced the availability of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that evaluates potential revisions to existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of genetically engineered (GE) organisms.

11.07.2007 |

EU Parliament clears rules to label flavourings and enzymes produced by GMOs

The European Parliament said it has approved new regulations, with amendments, aimed at simplifying and updating the dozen or so current EU laws on food additives. The legislation now goes to the Council of Ministers, which is expected to carry out its first reading in the autumn. [...] Parliament said flavourings and enzymes should be used only if there is a benefit to the consumer and, if they are made from GMOs, the label must say so.

10.07.2007 |

Protesters decontaminate the UK's last remaining GM potato trial

During the night of Friday 6th July, a crop of genetically modified potatoes on Britain's last remaining GM trial site was destroyed. Building public concern and demonstrations had thus far failed to sway the National Institute for Agriculture and Botany, who are carrying out the five-year trial on behalf of BASF, a multinational chemical corporation.

14.06.2007 |

Ireland aims to become a GMO-free zone

Following a historic agreement by Ireland's Green Party to form a coalition government with Fianna Fail, the two parties revealed their agreed policy ”to negotiate for the whole island of Ireland to become a GMO-free zone.”

12.06.2007 |

EU split over approvals of two GMO maize types

EU biotech experts failed on Friday to agree on approving two genetically modified maize varieties, sending the applications to national ministers for further consideration, the European Commission said. The applications, both of which are for modified maize hybrids, do not relate to cultivation. The two maize types are designed to resist certain field pests - such as the European corn borer and corn rootworm - and also certain herbicides.

07.06.2007 |

Cyprus wants to be declared GMO free

Cyprus wants to declare the island a GMO-free zone because it is not big enough to ensure conventional crops will remain unaffected by biotech ones, its agriculture minister said on Monday.

06.06.2007 |

More EU states wary on GMO maize

Several influential EU states have dug in their heels on whether their farmers may grow one of Europe’s oldest genetically modified (GMO) crops, raising the stakes in the EU’s long-running stalemate over biotech policy. [...] In the past few weeks, two EU agricultural powerhouse countries -- France and Germany -- entered the fray. Not only do they wield huge clout under the bloc’s weighted voting system for decision-making, they also grow vast amounts of cereals.