15 April 2011

Brussels, April 15 - A study released today by the European Commission [1] has been criticised for downplaying the costs of GMO contamination in the food sector.

Friends of the Earth Europe says the document, which assesses the economic impacts of growing genetically modified (GM) crops, is fundamentally flawed. Estimates of the potential price of GMO contamination cannot be based on current figures when GM crops cover less than 0.1% of Europe's arable land, the group says.

14 March 2011

Brussels, March 14, 2011 – The costs of segregating genetically modified (GM) and conventional crops are much higher than originally thought, and could push up food prices, warns Friends of the Earth Europe in a new briefing today. 'The socio-economic effects of GMOs' reveals the hidden costs of GM crop cultivation that are being unfairly pushed onto conventional and organic sectors – risking further GMO-contamination and increased food prices – and comes as environment ministers meet to discuss GM-crops in Europe. [1]

22 February 2011

Brussels, Montevideo, Benin City, February 22, 2011 – On the day of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report from Friends of the Earth International reveals that the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops across Europe continues to decline – with an increasing number of national bans, and decreasing numbers of hectares dedicated to GM crops [1].

9 February 2011

Brussels, February 9 - EU member states today postponed their decision on a proposal to allow contamination of animal feed with GMOs not approved in Europe.

The European Commission is proposing to allow crops to be fed to farm animals even if they are contaminated by GMOs that have not been passed as safe anywhere in the world. Some European countries have major concerns about this weakening of Europe's current safeguards against GMO contamination and their failure to agree has resulted in a vote on the issue being delayed.

7 February 2011

Brussels, February 7 - New proposals to weaken EU safety laws are unnecessary and legally flawed, says Friends of the Earth Europe today, on the eve of a vote on new rules that would allow animal feeds contaminated with non-authorised genetically modified crops (GMOs) to be sold in Europe.

13 October 2010

Farming, consumer co-operative and environmental groups today called for the European Union to significantly strengthen its rules on genetically modified crops in order to introduce more realistic solutions to world hunger whilst protecting European consumers and farmers. The call comes as Environment ministers meet tomorrow to discuss for the first time new proposed legislation on genetically modified crops.

27 September 2010

Brussels, September 27 –European Agriculture Ministers met today in Brussels for their first exchange of views on proposals from the European Commission to give more power to national governments to decide on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

16 September 2010
  • Conference hears shocking evidence that key herbicide linked to deformities in unborn children
  • Carrefour Group among major retailers vowing to maintain non-GMO policy
  • Minister declares Brussels a GMO-free region

Brussels, 16 September 2010 - Europe’s health and consumer affairs commissioner John Dalli endured a barrage of criticism from delegates at a GMO-Free Regions conference in Brussels today (Thurs).

13 July 2010

Brussels, 13 July 2010 - The European Commission today announced proposals to speed up the union's genetically modified (GM) crop authorisation procedure. Member states are being promised the right to ban GM cultivation if they reduce their opposition during the EU-level authorisation process.

8 July 2010

Brussels, July 8 – New proposals due to be introduced in the coming days that are supposed to allow European countries more autonomy over the decision to ban genetically modified (GM) crops form an empty and potentially dangerous deal for member states, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

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