Proceedings of the GMO Free Europe Event

Thursday, 17th November 2022, European Parliament

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English, French, German

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Martin Häusling, MEP
Interview with Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament

Thomas Waitz, MEP

Benny Haerlin
, Save Our Seeds

Silke Malorny
, State of Hesse (GMO Free Regions network)

Stefan Kaineder
, State of Upper Austria


What is the state of the scientific debate about risk assessment, management and traceability of older and newer genetic engineering technologies? What is the context of sustainable technologies for the food and agricultural transformation?

Eva Gelinsky, member of the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH
Presentation: Climate change, agriculture and the role of biotechnology

Christoph Then
, Testbiotech
Presentation: New genomic techniques (NGTs) - agriculture, food production and crucial regulatory issues

Margret Engelhard
 German Federal Agency for Nature Protection
Presentation: A nature conservation and risk assessment perspective 


What is the present and what might be the future situation and economic impact of GMO production and regulation on conventional and organic non-GM production, processing, trade, retail and consumption?

Tia Loftsgard, Canadian Organic Trade Association

Heike Moldenhauer
, ENGA, European Non GMO Industry Association

Jan Plagge
president of IFOAM EU and Bioland Germany
Interview with Jan Plagge from IFOAM Organics Europe and BIOLAND

Fabrizio Fabbri
European Community of Consumer Co-operatives
Presentation: Consumers’ Cooperative view on NGTs 
Interview with Fabrizio Fabbri from Eurocoop

Jörg Rohwedder
Foodwatch International
Presentation: Freedom of Choice Only with Transparency  


What are the political options regarding the EU Commissions proposal to overhaul the present GMO legislation? How to ensure transparency, precaution and socio-ecological transformation?

Claire Bury, EU Commission, Deputy Director General DG Sante

Sarah Wiener, MEP
Interview with Sarah Wiener, Member of the European Parliament

Michele Rivasi

Mute Schimpf
, Friends of the Earth Europe

Maria Arena

Aina Bartmann
, Nordic GMO Network

Pascal Durand

Pat Thomas
, Beyond GM UK
Presentation: Consequences of deregulation 
Interview with Pat Thomas from BEYOND GM UK

Benoît Biteau

Nina Holland
, Corporate Europe Observatory

Claire Bury, some responses from the Commission


Benny Haerlin, Save Our Seeds

Recordings of the event

Organisers and Host

The event was co-organised by Save Our Seeds and IFOAM Organics Europe and hosted by the Green Group / EFA in the European Parliament.


Supporting organisations