EU chiefs have the opportunity tomorrow (November 6) to keep Europe's fields free from a new highly toxic genetically modified (GM) crop. The European Commission will decide tomorrow whether to recommend the GM maize be authorised for cultivation or not. The decision will then be passed to national governments. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the crop to be banned for the good of European citizens and the environment.
Today a coalition of environmental, farming and consumer organisations called on the European Commission to reject plans to authorise a new genetically-modified (GM) maize for cultivation in Europe.
European Commissioners will meet next Wednesday (6th November) to decide whether the GM maize 1507, owned by the multinational biotech company Pioneer, can be grown on European soil. In a letter to the Commissioners today, the coalition urged them to reject the application citing the social and environmental risks associated with GM crops.
The delay to trade talks between the EU and US, which were due to start in Brussels today, must be used to address the risks a deal represents to people and the environment, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
The negotiations were put on hold on Friday evening when it was announced that the US delegation would not be travelling to Europe due to the current shutdown of parts of the US administration.
Commenting on Monsanto's withdrawal of applications for the cultivation of seven genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: "There is no market for GM crops in Europe: the public don't want them, farmers don't want them. With biotech companies rushing one by one for the exit it's time to plough all our resources into ensuring the green and fair farming that European citizens demand – farming that protects nature and encourages a vibrant community."
People in 18 countries across Europe have been found to have traces of the weed killer glyphosate in their urine, show the results of tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and released today .
The findings raise concerns about increasing levels of exposure to glyphosate-based weed killers, commonly used by farmers, public authorities and gardeners across Europe. The use of glyphosate is predicted to rise further if more genetically modified (GM) crops are grown in Europe .
This week social movements of farmers, citizens and ecologists in Spain are denouncing the pro-GMO policies of the Spanish government during a week of action.
This is the fifth annual 'Action week against GMOs and in support of food sovereignty' organised by farmers trade unions, consumers associations and green groups.
Mute Schimpf on Friends of the Earth Europe's new campaign to stop new GM crops being cultivated in Europe.
Last week a young activist asked me why politicians don't get the facts about GM crops right. 'Why do governments push for GMOs in our fields?' she asked. It is a valid question.
Environment and agriculture organisations have launched a new campaign today to prevent the further spread of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe.
Brussels, October 5 – Friends of the Earth Europe has today criticised the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for failing to take seriously enough concerns about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and the herbicides used on them.
Peer-reviewed research published last month in the internationally respected journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found significantly increased rates of cancer and death in rats fed both Monsanto's GM maize and its herbicide Roundup. 
Brussels, September 20 – Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for immediate action by the EU to protect public health following yesterday’s publication of new research  which raises concerns about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and the herbicides used on them.
The peer-reviewed research in the internationally respected journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found significantly increased rates of cancer and death in rats fed both Monsanto’s GM maize and its herbicide Roundup.