30 June 2009

Brussels, 30 June - The supposedly independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has shared a key scientific paper, which gives its opinion on the future of a controversial GM crop in Europe, with producer corporation Monsanto before making it accessible to the public, Friends of the Earth Europe has learned today.

27 May 2009

Campinas (Brazil), Brussels (Belgium), May 27 – A new initiative to re-brand the intensive and damaging farming of soy as "responsible" is nothing short of green-wash and will con the public, said Friends of the Earth International today.

The warning comes as the so-called Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) meets on 28 May in Campinas, Brazil to agree new voluntary standards on the cultivation of soy. Even environmentally-damaging genetically modified soy will be called "responsible". [1]

2 March 2009

Brussels, 2 March – Today, the European Commission was defeated in its latest attempt to force two countries to drop bans on controversial genetically modified maize [1]. It was the second and third time that Hungary and Austria respectively had come under attack by the European Commission for refusing to grow GM maize. Friends of the Earth has welcomed the vote.

25 February 2009

Brussels, 25 February - European countries today failed to reach agreement on whether more controversial genetically modified maize can be grown in Europe. [1] [2]

It is the first time in ten years that a type of new genetically modified (GM) maize has been put to the vote in Europe. The vote was forced by legal action by the biotech company Pioneer that produces one of the maize in question. [3] [4]

16 February 2009

Brussels, 16 February - Experts from Europe's 27 member states today failed to agree whether France and Greece should be forced to drop national bans on the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops. [1]

Both countries have banned the only GM crop authorised for cultivation in the European Union - Monsanto's GM maize, MON 810. Last month the European Commission issued a proposal for the bans to be overturned.

10 February 2009

Brussels, 10 February, 2009 - On the eve of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report released today by Friends of the Earth International reveals the failure of genetically modified crops around the world, and how statistics showing their increase in Europe have been manipulated. [1]

The new 'Who Benefits from GM Crops?' 2009 report [2] exposes inconsistencies in how the European biotech lobby group EuropaBio has reported the total area planted to GM crops. [3] The group inflated the figures by almost a quarter in 2008 to mask an actual decline.

21 January 2009

Brussels, 21 January 2009 - The European Commission has today issued proposals for two new varieties of genetically modified (GM) maize to be grown in Europe despite outstanding safety concerns.

In a proposal sent to EU member states, the Commission also says it wants to force Greece, Hungary and France to drop their national bans on a similar GM maize [1].

23 June 2008

Brussels, 23 June 2008 - As European farm ministers meet today Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and the European Farmers Coordination are stepping up calls for governments not to fall for biotech industry propaganda that genetically modified (GM) crops are a solution to the food and feed price crisis.

19 May 2008

Brussels (Belgium) / Montevideo (Uruguay), 19 May 2008 - Many major European banks are funding the rapid expansion of agrofuel production in Latin America, leading to large scale deforestation, increasing human rights abuses and threatening food sovereignty, according to a new report released today. [1]

The report - released by Friends of the Earth Europe amid global worries about the increasing impacts of rising food prices - calls for an end to investments by European banks in harmful agrofuel projects. [2]

7 May 2008

Brussels, 7 May 2008 - Today's European Commission decision to send three controversial genetically modified crops back to its food safety agency is a huge vote of no confidence in the EU's approval system claim Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace, who say it raises serious concerns about the ability of the agency to check the safety of GM crops.


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