4 June 2010

Brussels, 4 June 2010 – New proposals that would allow European countries to ban genetically modified (GM) crops are cautiously welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe. However, to ensure GM-free food and farming, the proposals from the European Commission must be strengthened to prevent cross-contamination and ensure the biotech industry pays for any damage resulting from GM cultivation.

4 May 2010

Brussels, 4 May 2010 – Industry claims that Europe’s laws on genetically modified crops harm the animal feed industry are false, shows new research today.

Analysis of official EU data by Friends of the Earth Europe proves that current laws function well. Only minute amounts of trade in animal feeds were directly disrupted by contamination incidents in the last five years. Europe’s legal safeguards cannot be blamed for any problems in the farming sector.

2 March 2010

Brussels, March 2 – A decision announced today by Europe's new health and consumer commissioner, John Dalli, to give the go ahead for genetically modified potatoes to be grown in Europe, has been condemned by Friends of the Earth Europe.

The 'Amflora' potato, designed to produce starch for industrial purposes by Germany´s chemical giant BASF, carries a controversial antibiotic resistant gene which it cannot be guaranteed will not enter the food chain.

23 February 2010

Brussels, 23 February 2010 – On the day of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report from Friends of the Earth International reveals that claims made by the biotech industry that genetically modified (GM) crops can combat climate change are both exaggerated and premature. [1]

9 February 2010

Brussels, February 9 - Responding to reports that India has today halted the commercial cultivation of a genetically modified aubergine crop (Bt-Brinjal), following several public consultations across the country and resistance from
scientists, farmers and green campaigners, Friends of the Earth Europe's food and agriculture campaigner Adrian Bebb said:

"India's environment minister has listened to the concerns of scientists, farmers and the public and concluded that this GM crop poses real risks to human health and the environment.

17 November 2009

Brussels, November 17 - A new report out today has dispelled the biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) crops need fewer pesticides. The seminal report by Dr. Charles Benbrook [1], presents hard data proving once and for all that chemical use has increased dramatically since the introduction of genetic engineering, raising concern over any introduction of new GM crops in Europe.

3 November 2009

Brussels, November 3, 2009 - France is poised to become the latest in a growing trend of European countries to introduce GMO-free labels for food in a bid to counter weaker EU standards and to compensate for a loophole in European labelling laws [1]. Currently, EU labelling laws mean meat, dairy and eggs from animals fed with genetically modified animal feed do not have to be labelled.

3 November 2009

Brussels, November 3, 2009 - France is poised to become the latest in a growing trend of European countries to introduce GMO-free labels for food in a bid to counter weaker EU standards and to compensate for a loophole in European labelling laws [1]. Currently, EU labelling laws mean meat, dairy and eggs from animals fed with genetically modified animal feed do not have to be labelled.

29 September 2009

Madrid, Spain, September 29 - Spanish maize fled to the French Embassy in Madrid today to seek asylum fearing contamination from genetically modified varieties.

The majority of GM maize grown commercially within the EU is located in Spain. Because of the high risk of contamination, Spanish non-GM maize sought refuge at the French Embassy in a stunt organised by Friends of the Earth. France banned the only GM crop authorised for cultivation in the EU, Monsanto's MON810, at the beginning of 2008.

29 July 2009

Brussels, 29 July 2009 – An opinion by Europe's food agency advocating the safety of the only genetically modified (GM) crop grown in Europe is fundamentally flawed, according to a Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe report. The report will form the basis of a submission to a public consultation on Monsanto's MON810 maize that ends this week. The green groups call on the European Commission and EU countries to reject the authorisation of this crop.

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