Mr Maize liberated from ‘the Terminal’…for now

Trade and politicsPublished on 05-05-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

“It’s just like that Tom Hanks film!” I cried - half rejoicing, half rattled. The breaking news last month that the European Commission had […] Read more

GM feed imports into the EU – Czech point of view

Trade and politicsPublished on 29-04-2015
Zuzana Stratilová from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Biotrin

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use, especially in agriculture and food industry, remain a controversial topic in the EU. Opinions of different member […] Read more

Determine the safety of a product and then let the customer decide!!

Trade and the consumerPublished on 16-04-2015
Julian Little, Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council

I was recently speaking to a member of the animal feed supply chain who informed me that the amount of animal feed (most of which is genetically modified) to Europe […] Read more

Import animal feed or cultivate Germany’s forests?

Trade and the consumerPublished on 09-04-2015
Gerd Spelsberg, journalist, i-bio - Information Biosciences

Let’s have no more soya bean imports, but instead cultivate our own feed supplies in Germany. To achieve this we must ask where the extra agricultural land […] Read more

GMO – do we judge before we know?

Growing Voices StoriesPublished on 02-04-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

A couple of months ago news outlets in the U.S. reported that a majority of Americans is highly concerned about “foods containing DNA” (Food Demand Survey […] Read more

What’s happening with GM?

Trade and politicsPublished on 26-03-2015
Jim Orson from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

I made a big mistake at the end of a recent blog when I mentioned that we could soon expect to cultivate GM glyphosate tolerant oilseed rape. This optimism chimed with […] Read more

How Greek elections hid Europe’s GM time bomb

Trade and politicsPublished on 20-03-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

On the 5th of February, 2015, spokespeople for the European cereal, vegetable oil and animal feed importers, labelled the EU’s “missing GM […] Read more

A glimmer in the tunnel

Trade and politicsPublished on 09-03-2015
Professor Vivian Moses, Chairman of CropGen

One of those dubious classic EU “compromises” was approved by the European Parliament last week in Brussels. While the responsibility for approving the […] Read more

Welcome to our Growing Voices ‘Trade Talk’ blog!

Growing Voices StoriesPublished on 02-03-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

Did you know that in Europe, genetically modified (GM) crop commodities play an invisible but important role in our daily lives? Biotech […] Read more

Will Europe’s new GM approval freeze get picked up by the WTO?

Trade and politicsPublished on 01-03-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

For those who were already following Europe’s policy on GM crops last century, something strange is happening. Long teased by our cousins across the Atlantic for […] Read more

About tradetalk

GMOs are already an integral part of our daily lives, as Europe benefits from this key enabling technology mainly indirectly through imports. We wear GM cotton clothes, we pay with GM cotton banknotes, and each year European farmers rely on imports of GM soybeans as a key protein source for their farm animals.


Here’s some good food for thought for all European citizens, experts, journalists and decision makers. Our society needs to address the issue of producing more food with less land, as the world population will reach at least 9 billion people by 2050.


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