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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.