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We say it all! Can we still innovate in France?

Precautionary principle VS innovation principle & GMOs discussed by Franck Garnier (Bayer France), Marc Masson (Coseb) & Pierre Pagesse (Gnis).

The Cost of Regulating Biotechnology and Genetically-Engineered Food

Plant biotech is a heavily regulated science in the global marketplace.

Special Briefing on the Authorisation of GM Maize

AGRA FACTS journalist Ed Bray provides an overview of the latest developments on the authorisation of GM maize 1507 for cultivation in the EU.

Brawl in the EU on GM Maize (SV)

Johan Bergendorff and two Swedish MEPs, Carl Schlyter och Christofer Fjellner, debate on GM maize Mon1507.


Stéphane Le Foll ne ferme pas la porte à tous les OGM

S. Le Foll, French ag minister, doesn't close the door to all GMOs

Stéphane Le Foll expresses his will for a clear EU regulation system and law in France, without wishing to ban the use of GMOs.

Regulation and Use of GMOs in Technology in Ireland

The conference, hosted by the  Environmental Protection Agency, was to bring together those engaged in GM technology to develop a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this area for Ireland and Europe.

Forum for Agriculture 2014: Paola Testori Coggi (EC)

Europe authorizes GMOs, it doesn't ban them. The authorization is made however after a severe, thorough, long process of evaluation. It is the length of this process which is sometimes criticized by others. [02:45 - 03:36]

FFA2014: Session on TTIP

In the context of TTIP negotiations, the EU-US trade relations in the food and agriculture sector are now being discussed intensively.  Listen to FFA videos [29:37 – 30:50], [53:00 – 53:54], [58:59 – 01:00:20], [01:04:07 – 01:06:46].

FFA2014: Darci Vetter, Department of Agriculture, USA

How the US look at the key barriers which include regulation on biotechnology. The US priority is on speeding the approvals of the evaluated products, but the European scientific review includes some more steps that request more significant time.  [01:20 – 02:03]

Prof. Diran Makinde, African Biosafety Network of Expertise

Not many African countries have a good regulatory framework, but even those who have, face challenges in dealing with this technology. Prof. Makinde explains the difficulties African regulators face and the potential of this technology for the continent.

FFA2014: The environment in EU policies

Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment, pleads for giving people the right to choose on grounds of a clear understanding of biotech in agriculture and its environmental benefits. Listen to the FFA video: [54:30-59:30; 01:09:30-01:16:03]

A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research

The EC research compendium "A decade of EU-funded GMO research" revealed that over the last 25 years, more than 500 independent research groups have investigated the safety of GM crops. 

Ten Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Crops, Livestock, and Fish for Smallholders in Developing Countries

FAO recently commissioned a unique series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries.

Food and You: A Guide To Modern Agricultural Biotechnology

New and innovative techniques will be required to improve the production and efficiency of the global agriculture sector to ensure an ample supply of healthy food.

GM Science Update: A Report to the UK Council for Science and Technology

This paper considers the recent developments in the science of GM crops since the Royal Society published its report ‘Reaping the Benefits – Sustainable Intensification of Global Agriculture’ in 2009.

Foresight Report: The Future of Farming

Government reviews, like the UK’s Foresight Report: The Future of Food and Farming, highlight that, without access to all the available agricultural technologies, Europe is becoming less and less self-sufficient in food production.

The Agricultural Technologies Strategy Report

In July 2013, the UK government launched its Agricultural Technologies Strategy to boost technology in farming. The strategy includes investment in research in GM crops, while the report announcing it highlighted the need for a workable approval system for GMOs in Europe.

A Gale of Fresh Air

Prof. Vivian Moses, King’s College London, recaps  Owen Paterson’s speech in support for GM crops. After nearly three years in office, Mr Paterson, the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, finally announced the present coalition government’s policies on GM.

Making Sense of GM

Sense about Science: In the guide scientists and agriculturalists explain what is the genetic modification of plants and why scientists are doing it, putting GM into the context of developing plant breeding. More here

EASAC: Planting the Future

Agriculture faces major challenges to deliver food security at a time of increasing pressures. The new EU legislation requiring farmers to reduce reliance on crop protection chemicals creates additional challenges for maintaining levels of crop productivity.

The Challenge of Studying 'Risk' in Empirical Research

This article describes the challenges of a recent study that looked at how different actors, ranging from smallholder farmers to international biotechnology development projects, weigh up the risks associated with the uncertain future of maize agriculture in Kenya.

More GM Crops Means more Nature Reserves

Owen Paterson has said that using GM will make use of  farm land and “free up space for biodiversity, nature and wilderness”.

FFA2014: Pascal Lamy, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute

Pascal Lamy explains how globalisation express itself in agriculture in the context of international trade. There is definitely a need to rely on precautionary administration, stressing the importance of cultural differences. [17:30 – 20:17]