30 June 2020

Together with over 80 organisations, we wrote to the EU Commission to ask them to support a global moratorium on the release of Gene Drive Organisms.

Gene Drive technology aims to eradicate entire populations of species via genetic engineering, and its effects are currently not reversible. The environmental threat of its release poses serious and novel threats to nature.

The letter calls on EU Environment and Health Commissioners Sinkevičius and Kyriakides to follow the European Parliament's call for a global moratorium ahead of the upcoming COP 15 UN biodiversity talks.

5 May 2020

Friends of the Earth Europe and 73 other NGOs have today written to the EU Commission to demand that genetically modified (GM) crops are not pushed onto Europe's fields and plates as part of a trade deal with the USA and call for better protection of the environment and climate in the EU's trade policy.

19 February 2020

Can digital farming really address the systemic causes of agriculture's impact on the environment and society, or will it entrench them? This new briefing looks at the EU Commission's package of measures to create a "European digital society", how these fall short in the agricultural field, and what needs to be done instead.

23 May 2019

An open letter to the European Commission, calling on them to reject a number of pending applications for genetically engineered plants to be cultivated in the EU.

22 May 2019

Together with a coalition of civil society groups, we are calling on the next European Commission to make sure that it actively implements the legal requirement that the new generation of 'GMO 2.0' genetic engineering techniques are subject to the existing legislation on genetically modified organisms.

18 October 2018

Three months after a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice which confirmed that new 'GMO 2.0' should be covered by the same safety, traceability and labeling rules as existing GMOs in the EU, we take a look at the state of play. While the EU's top court confirmed the legal status of these new techniques, the European Commission and national governments are showing a worrying lack of action to implement the ruling.

25 September 2018

The ‘Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ sets out a future of Europe based on core ethical values and sustainable development: democracy and transparency, social and environmental justice, human rights, the rule of law, equality, and solidarity. It states that European policies, rules and standards should that do what they were intended for: protect and safeguard well-being and health, ensure safety and freedom for people and protection of the climate and the environment, and serve present and future generations in and outside Europe.

16 July 2018

On July 25 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule whether a new generation of genetically modified seeds and foods – so-called 'GMO 2.0' – should be fully regulated as GMOs. This briefing sets out what this case is about, what the court's potential rulings might be, and the impacts would be for our food and farming system, and what our politicians need to do next to avoid GMOs being grown on our fields.

1 July 2017

In the coming days and weeks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will decide whether to close Europe's fields to genetically modified (GM) crops for good, or if more GM crops can be grown. This short briefing explains the state of play – how we got here, and what is at stake for the future of farming in the EU.

27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

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