Proposed new regulation giving countries greater rights to ban genetically modified (GM) crops did not get agreement from Environment Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today.
Friends of the Earth Europe supports stronger rights for individual countries and regions to ban GM crops.
However the group is critical of the proposal submitted to ministers which was vague, lacked strong legal grounds for bans, and proposed that countries ask biotech companies for permission to impose bans.
Brussels, March 9 - The European Union could face a barrage of new genetically modified (GM) crops following the failure today by environment ministers to reach an agreement on new rights for countries to ban GM cultivation, claims Friends of the Earth Europe.
With six applications  to grow new GM crops in the pipeline, the pro-biotech Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli could now proceed with their authorisations, despite their unpopularity with consumers and concerns over their safety.
Brussels, February 7, 2012 – Public resistance to genetically modified crops has ensured that the area grown in Europe in 2011 remained at 0.1 per cent of all arable land, shows figures released today by Friends of the Earth Europe. In comparison, organic farming accounted for 3.7 per cent.
The figures follow recent announcements of the biotech industry retreating from parts of Europe.
Brussels, January 16 - Following the announcement today by Germany-based BASF that it is halting the development and commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, Adrian Bebb, from Friends of the Earth Europe said: “This is another nail in the coffin for genetically modified foods in Europe. No one wants to eat them and few farmers want to grow them. This is a good day for consumers and farmers and opens the door for the European Union to shift Europe to greener and more publicly acceptable farming."
As Denmark prepares to take over the presidency of the European Union in January for the first half of 2012, Friends of the Earth Europe has written a letter to the Danish Presidency calling on it to contribute to a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable future, for the people of Europe and other continents.
"The current global economic, financial, environmental and social crises present us with a challenge of historic proportions. Only an urgent, wide ranging and far reaching response can deal with this situation," the letter states.
Brussels/Luxembourg, September 6, 2011 – The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will later today rule on whether honey contaminated by pollen from genetically modified (GM) crops will need to be labelled or need specific EU food safety approval.
Brussels/Luxembourg, September 6, 2011 – The European Court of Justice today upheld the rights of beekeepers and consumers to keep honey free from GM contamination.
Europe's highest court ruled that honey contaminated with genetically modified (GM) crops would need full safety approval and would have to be labelled as GM. The ruling opens the way for Europe's laws on GM crops to be strengthened .
Brussels, July 5, 2011 – The European Parliament voted today for substantially improved rights of national governments to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territories.
Brussels, June 21, 2011 – Poland, holders of the EU's next Council presidency, blocked any progress in climate discussions at today's Environment Council. Poland refuses to step up to a 25% domestic emission reductions by 2020 in Europe as suggested by Commissioner Hedegaard in March . Earlier in the day, environment ministers failed to provide financial support to prevent biodiversity loss.
An open letter from Friends of the Earth Europe to Commissioner John Dalli about impacts of the cultivation of genetically modified crops.