5 May 2008

Brussels, 5 May 2008 - The credibility of the European Commission will be seriously undermined if it is unable to respond to intense pressure to reform EU GMO policy at a long-awaited internal debate on Wednesday 7 May, warned Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe today.

13 February 2008

Brussels (Belgium), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lagos (Nigeria), February 13 - Genetically Modified (GM) crops have led to a massive increase in pesticide use and have failed to increase yields or tackle world hunger and poverty, a new report by Friends of the Earth reveals today. [1] The report coincides with the annual release of biotech industry figures on GM crop cultivation around the world. [2]

14 January 2008

BRUSSELS (Belgium), 14 January 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has today welcomed an official ban on Monsanto's controversial genetically modified maize, MON810, in France. The French government announced the ban on Friday evening using a clause in European law that allows countries to ban individual GMOs on health or environmental grounds to outlaw the crop.

The move follows an earlier freeze on the GM maize whilst an expert committee considered whether it presented risks to the environment and human health.

23 November 2007

Brussels, 23 November 2007 - Friends of the Earth Europe today warned EU Farm Ministers not to slacken safety rules for imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The issue is up for debate at the Agriculture Council on Monday and follows a lobbying campaign by the animal feed and biotechnology industries to persuade politicians that Europe could run out of animal feed as a result of the EU's strict line on GMOs - an argument which Friends of the Earth Europe strongly disputes.

30 October 2007

Brussels, 30 October - Austria's ban on genetically modified maize now lies in the hands of the European Commission, after 21 out of 27 EU Environment Ministers refused to force the ban to be lifted today.[1] Friends of the Earth Europe has urged the European Commission to respect member states' wariness and leave Austria's ban in place.

25 October 2007

Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace have today welcomed the news that EU Environment Commissioner Dimas is for the first time proposing to ban two types of genetically modified (GM) maize because of the risks they pose to the environment. The green groups urge the whole of the European Commission to put environmental safety first and support the proposed ban.[1]

8 October 2007

8th October, Brussels - The US authorities have failed to identify how unlicensed genetically modified (GM) rice seriously contaminated the food chain last August. Bayer CropScience, the company who owns the GM rice, will not face any legal action by the US government. Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on national governments and the European Commission to demand that the US urgently tightens up its safety procedures to prevent future GM contamination incidents.

16 July 2007

16 July, Brussels - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed EU member states' rejection of the latest application to grow GMOs in Europe, as the EU Agriculture Council today failed to approve the commercial growing of a genetically modified potato. There have now been no new GMOs grown in the EU for ten years.

25 June 2007

Brussels, June 25 2007 - EU member states today stood up to intense pressure from the US and refused to allow a new strain of genetically modified maize to be imported into the EU. The move has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe. [1]

12 June 2007

Brussels, June 12th 2007 - At the Agriculture Council today EU Ministers decided to allow contamination of organic food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Ministers adopted a new law which allows organic food containing up to 0.9 percent "adventitious or technically unavoidable" GMO content to be classed and labelled as organic [1].

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