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.

15 February 2017

This position paper outlines the case for why new genetic engineering techniques should be fully covered by existing EU regulations governing GMOs, including risk assessment, labelling, and monitoring.

2 November 2015

One year since the entry into office of the current European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, environmental groups issued this statement criticising the EU executive for a paralysis in policymaking on issues related to the environment.

CEE Bankwatch Network, Climate Action Network Europe, European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and the Health & Environment Alliance said that this had been “a lost year” for environmental protection.

27 July 2015

The EU and the US are currently negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP) which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

This paper outlines the risks the deal poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety and pollution measures. Originally published in 2013, it was updated in August 2015.

4 February 2015

This briefing analyses proposals for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) chapter on food safety and animal welfare published by the European Union in January 2015

The draft proposal provides a clear indication of EU trade officials’ intentions for the final agreement. This briefing explains how  the proposed text will undermine existing health and safety regulations in both the EU and the United States. 

29 September 2014

Negotiations on a transatlantic trade deal between the European Union and the United States threaten the EU’s ability to regulate imports, authorisations and safety checks of genetically modified food and seeds, which could mean an increase in GM imports to the EU. US agri-business and the biotech sector have been pushing for greater access to European markets for years, and US negotiators are using the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks to push their demands.

8 April 2014

Granting national governments more say over cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops on their territory has received broad support from a range of governments and organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe. However, new proposals from the Greek presidency, if agreed, represent an empty offer – providing little legal basis for countries who oppose GM crops, and extreme bias to companies who profit from GM technology.
The European Commission must provide genuine powers to national governments to keep their fields GM-free.

28 March 2014

Our relationship with food and the way in which we farm is under increasing pressure. Extreme weather events, a changing climate and a growing population are putting the food sovereignty of communities at risk. At the same time health experts have raised serious questions about our modern diet.

13 June 2013

Glyphosate is the world's best-selling weed killer and one of the most widely used herbicides in Europe. It is crucial for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, many of which are modified to withstand glyphosate.

Concerns surround the safety of glyphosate particularly about its effect on human health, particularly on the hormone system, and its impact on the wider environment.