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Soybeans from Ukraine: Genetically modified and undeclared

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22.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

In Ukraine, genetically modified soybeans are cultivated illegally on a large scale and marketed without declaration. This is shown by studies conducted by the Romanian environmental organisation Agent Green.

Genetic engineering researchers demand new genetic engineering law

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12.11.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Scientists from biotech research institutions in Europe are calling for European genetic engineering legislation to be amended and GM plants to be exempted from its approval regulations. However, their demand encounters resistance.

Bayer-Monsanto Trial: Less penalty - but the court decision remains

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31.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has confirmed the jury's verdict in the Johnson vs. Monsanto case. However, she the assessed the fine as too high and greatly reduced it accordingly.

Call for moratorium on gene drives from UN conference

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29.10.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading representatives of the global agricultural movement have called for a stop to all releases of gene drives.

Are mosquitoes with gene drive soon to be released in West Africa?

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28.09.2018 Editor

Scientists at London's Imperial College have successfully tested mosquitoes with gene drive in the laboratory. They now plan to release GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso in West Africa to combat malaria.

PFT Conference: European policies, local strategies and future

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21.09.2018 Editor

The European network Pesticide Free Towns invites interested parties to its conference on “European policies, local strategies and future”, which will take place on 27th September at the European Parliament.

GMO-free regions call for an international GMO register

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18.09.2018 Leo Frühschütz

At its nineth network meeting in Berlin, the European network of GMO-free regions adopted a declaration to “Continue with the precautionary approach to GMOs”.

CRISPR is not free from risks

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16.08.2018 Editor

Nature Biotechnology reported CRISPR could cause mutations and genetic damage. This new method of genetic engineering has been hyped as one of the most important breakthroughs in modern science. 

Bingenheim Seed Day: Impulses for organic breeding and organic food trade

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09.08.2018 Editor

Around 350 actors recently met in Bingenheim to further develop the vision of independent organic farming.

FOODprint action: 100,000 people want food without genetic engineering

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26.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

For ten months, organic food producer Rapunzel, supported by 30 companies and associations from the organic sector, has collected confessions against genetic engineering in the field and on the plate.

Retail groups call on strict regulation of new genetic engineering

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16.07.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Leading food retailers from Germany and Austria such as Edeka, Lidl, Rewe and SPAR have appealed to the EU Commission to make the procedures of new genetic engineering subject to EU genetic engineering law.

German Alliance publishes resolution to regulate new genetic engineering processes

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09.07.2018 Editor

In the coming weeks, the European Court of Justice will give its opinion on the legal classification of new genetic engineering procedures. On this basis, the EU Commission and EU Member States decide whether and how they will regulate them in future.

New GMO documentary: “The Peril On Your Plate”

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30.05.2018 Editor

The Russian media company RT produced “The Peril on Your Plate”, an English language documentary for its RTDoc channel. Reporter Ekaterina Yakovleva meets people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.

Monsanto met with contempt by media

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24.05.2018 Editor

First results of Ramazzini Institute´s Global Glyphosate Study were presented officially in a press conference at the European Parliament. Sustainable Pulse commented Monsanto has committed an epic fail.

Germany: Glyphosate debate takes effect

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17.05.2018 Leo Frühschütz

Three quarters of all Germans have heard of the topic "Glyphosate in food", according to the Consumer Monitor 2/2018 of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) an increase of 14% to 2017.

India: Food regulator plans a GMO label

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15.05.2018 Editor

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made a proposal to labal all packaged food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

USA: smiley label for GMO foods introduced

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15.05.2018 Editor

GMWatch UK informed about the proposals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to label food that contains genetically engeneered ingredients. The drafts show smileys and sunny faces as labels.

Global protests: March Against Monsanto #MAM

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The organisation March Against Monsanto #MAM announced that 2018 May 19th will be the date for the 7th international March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The global events will take place in hundreds of cities on six continents with the objective to further educate and raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and the increasingly toxic food supply, as well as its merger with the German pesticide, GMO and pharmaceutical giant Bayer.  

USDA released proposal for regulations for GMO Labeling

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10.05.2018 Editor

On Monday this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “Bioengineered foods.” This is reported by Sustainable Pulse online.

IFOAM and FiBL study: Socio-economic impacts of GMOs on European agriculture

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26.04.2018 Editor

IFOAM EU Group recently released a new study on the impacts of GMOs on European agriculture, in partnership with FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture). Because of the high risk of adventitious presence of GMOs at different steps of the production chain and the consequences, there is a huge effort and high expense for measures to avoid contamination. The study aims at identifying coexistence strategies of non-GM and organic supply chain actors to ensure GMO-free products and estimate the coexistence costs.

New research results: Environmental risks of genetic engineering plants underestimated

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19.04.2018 Editor

Research results from China show that plants made resistant to glyphosate by genetic engineering have a surprisingly high potential for uncontrolled spread.

New documentary about "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks"

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18.04.2018 Editor

The Greens in the European Parliament released a documentary on the glyphosate scandal. The video shows in interviews and statements how Monsanto attacks organisations and scientists. Watch the film "Monsanto's Toxic Tricks".

Belgium: Brussels government takes Commission to EU Court over glyphosate

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26.03.2018 Editor

The government of the Brussels region has decided to file a complaint against the European Commission with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its decision to re-authorise the pesticide glyphosate in Europe. Belgium was among the nine member states that voted against the renewal of the controversial chemical substance.

EU Commission clears Bayer-Monsanto merger

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21.03.2018 Editor

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture, announced the EU authorities.

GMO: EU General Court strengthens the precautionary principle

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20.03.2018 Editor

Last week the General Court of the European Union confirmed the right of civil society organisations to submit legal cases concerning the health risks of genetically engineered plants.

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