- Why Europe lags on innovation
In this new Politico opinion article, Bayer's CEO Marijn Dekkers explains why Europe's obsession with risk is hindering innovation. As other regions of the world move forward, more evidence-based policy in Europe would help to rekindle previous advances.
- Italian papers on genetically modified crops under investigation
Papers that describe harmful effects to animals fed genetically modified crops are under scrutiny for alleged data manipulation, thanks to Italian senator Elena Cattaneo.
- Bill Gates: GMOs will end starvation in Africa
GMOs could make a huge difference in Africa by allowing small holder farmers to improve malnutrition and be competitive on the world market, said Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
- EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis responds to a question on GMOs
"About 92% of the European agriculture sector (that) produces meat and fish use GM crops," correctly stated EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.
- US accuses EU of undermining global food security
Read the Financial Times' interview with Tom Vilsack, the US agriculture secretary.
- Genetically modified crops: something fishy
Those who fret about overfishing and those who fret about genetically modified (GM) food are often one and the same. Such people will soon be impaled on the horns of a dilemma...
- Campaigning against GM crops is 'morally unacceptable', says former Greenpeace chief
Another blow to unfounded NGO scaremongering, with former Greenpeace UK executive director Stephen Tindale describing campaigning against GM crops as 'morally unacceptable'.
- Did green groups learn anti-GMO tactics from climate sceptics?
Are anti-GMO activists selective in using science? EUobserver talks to Greenpeace
- ActionAid: The charity spreading 'groundless' fears over GM
Donors to one of Britain’s largest humanitarian aid charities have been unwittingly funding an aggressive and missleading anti-GM food campaign in Africa, reports The Independent.
- Owen Paterson: 'The Green Blob' is threatening lives in Africa
Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, will this week accuse the European Union and Greenpeace of condemning people in the developing world to death by refusing to accept genetically modified crops.
- Quiz: Our Genetically Modified Diet
Take this short quiz and find out how much do you know about GMO!
- The battle of the scientists: Are Europeans becoming more hostile to science and technology?
Europe continues battling over finding ways to work out how to ground policy in sound science.
- Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture
Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.
- Open letter: Slow to adopt GM crops, Europe becoming ag backwater
More than twenty of Europe’s most prominent scientists issued a joint letter making the case for embracing crop biotechnology significantly damaging global food security.
- GMO Feed is NOT Hurting Our Livestock, Say Researchers
In an overarching review of nearly three decades worth of livestock feed studies, researchers recently determined that regulated genetically engineered (GE) feed has no notable impact on the health or productivity of animals.
- Drug given to American Ebola patients is produced in Kentucky using tobacco plants
The drug being credited with potentially saving the lives of two American missionaries infected with the deadly Ebola virus was produced in Owensboro.The serum wasn't manufactured but grown in a greenhouse full of GM tobacco plants.
- COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC highly critical of the EC's lack of decision concerning vital food and feed import
COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC express serious disappointment about the European Commission’s lack of consideration for the consequences for the EU food and feed business operators of having further delayed the EU authorization of 8 GM products.
- University of California researchers compute lands saved and carbon emissions reduced through the adoption of GM crops, find significant benefits
We find that GE increased yields 34 per cent for cotton, 12 per cent for corn and 3 per cent for soybeans.
- UK Independent: Environmentalism is doing humanity a 'gross disservice'
Britain's newspaper, the Independent, has broken ranks on GM foods, urging its environmentally audience that they were doing humanity "a gross disservice" by standing in the way of GM foods that could alleviate starvation around the world.
- Supplies of GM soya are vital to egg producers in Europe
Franz Fischler, former EU agriculture commissioner, told delegates at the International Egg Commission conference that supplies of GM soya were vital to egg producers in Europe.
- Plant breeding can help meet food challenges
With the world facing food security and climate change challenges, there must be a debate on how to provide for a continuously increasing population, writes Marit Paulsen, EU Parliament's rapporteur on plant breeding.
- Trial of GM plants to help fight heart disease given go-ahead
Scientists to grow a crop of camelina plants genetically modified to produce fish oils that could be used in health supplements.
- Genetically Modified Tomato Study Provides More Evidence of GM Food Safety
A new study comparing GM and conventional tomatoes lends further support to the pro-GM food movement.
- GMOs: public research works in full transparency (FR)
Faced with accusations of non-transparency and an anti-GM group, the National Institute of Agronomic Research reiterates its position of a public research body which aims to inform public decision-making and societal debates in full transparency.
- ISAAA: Top Ten Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2013
ISAAA releases "Top Ten Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2013", a Special Edition of Crop Biotech Update March 5 issue.
- GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance
By Rod Addy+, if government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to GM technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have claimed.
- GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials
A new report on GM crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. The Council for Science and Technology (CST) wants "public good" GM varieties to be grown and tested in the UK.
- FAO reports rise in GM material in non-GM food trade
Detection of genetically modified (GM) material in internationally traded non-GM food and feed has spiked in the past few years, interrupting trade and adding to food losses, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
- GM Crops: Q&A
Sir Mark Walport, UK government's Chief Scientific Advisor has written to David Cameron claiming that GM crops are safe and Britain should start producing them. But GM food has always polarised opinion. Here are the issues explained.
- Scientists urge change to Europe's GMO regulation
Europe's stringent regulation of genetically modified crops has no rational basis and should be revamped to allow countries who want to opt out and grow GM foods to do so, British scientific advisers said.
- David Cameron's science advisers call for expansion of GM crops
David Cameron's official science advisers have called for GM crops to be rolled out across the UK by scrapping "dysfunctional" EU regulations that risk curtailing future food supplies.
- A new survey of farmers discovers significant environmental benefits to GM canola
The research also found that growing genetically modified canola significantly reduces farmers’ environmental footprints and that the issue of herbicide resistance was the main reason farmers were adopting the technology.
- Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition?
The Nutrition for Growth meeting in 2013 saw, for the first time, diverse actors come together to address undernutrition. Are we ready for an integrated agenda?
- Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States
New report published by the Economic Research Service of the USDA: Farmer adoption of GE crops is associated with time savings, lower insecticide use, and more conservation tillage.
- GM special report on BBC radio 4
Various apsects of the GM discussion are being debated this week on BBC radio 4 - Farming Today. Listen to the podcasts to know more
- Debate on GMOs (min 21:14)
Listen here to a insightful debate on GM food and the latest in the growing constituency of interest in genetically modified crops in Europe.
- 'No backlash' over non-GM policy shift
The mults’ decision last year to abandon non-GM policies on poultry feed has not led to a consumer backlash…
- The curious case of the EU's GMO authorisation system: Opinion Piece by EuropaBio Secretary General Nathalie Moll in Euractiv
Policy makers generally trust the scientific recommendations of independent EU agencies. But in the GMO area, a vicious circle of lack of approvals and decreased trust in the technology is being perpetuated, writes Nathalie Moll.
- GMO corn from Du Pont & Dow gets green light in Europe
Despite 19 of the EU’s 28 members voting against, American chemicals giants Du Pont and Dow look set to get the seal of approval on growing a strain of genetically modified corn in Europe.
- A senseless fight
How could anyone in good conscience seek to thwart technology that has even a remote chance of tackling the problem of vitamin A blindness?
- Former Greenpeace leading light condemns them for opposing GM 'golden rice' crop
Canadian ecologist Dr Patrick Moore accuses Greenpeace of committing a "crime against humanity"
- Greenpeace founding member protests against Greenpeace
The Canadian Patrick Moore positioned himself on the Friday before the German Greenpeace headquarters, to protest against the attitude of the Environmental Protection Agency for the so-called golden rice.
- EU commission backs GM maize cultivation
The EU commission Wednesday decided to back a genetically modified maize known as 1507, with the issue now going to member states.
- Le Bar de l'Europe: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, answers question on GMOs
Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, asks Olivier De Schutter, the question of the week .'GMOs may be a solution for certain farmers in certain regions', says the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
- Farm tech in a warming world
Farmers from Africa, Argentina, India and Europe said Wednesday that they will need all of the technology science can offer to feed a growing population as the world's changing climate intensifies bad weather.
- £186 million boost for technologies of the future
A package of investment in the 8 great technologies of the future will accelerate high-tech progress from the lab to the marketplace and help drive UK economic growth, Science and Universities Minister David Willetts announced.
- Water holds key to sustainable development, UN chief tells Budapest summit
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the vital role of water in sustainable development, highlighting in particular its importance with regard to food security, climate change and sanitation.
- Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years
Growing demand for essentials like meat and grain, topsy-turvy weather and land commandeered for the production of biofuels will add at least £850 to typical annual food spending, they claimed.
- Madness’ of opposition to GM crops says Glover
Opposition to the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on alleged scientific grounds was yesterday dismissed as “a form of madness” by the chief scientific adviser to the president of the European Commission.
- Global food prices rise due to slow agricultural growth
OECD and FAO warned that current growth rates are two slow and will result in food prices rising in the medium and long term.
- Three Biotechnology Scientists Awarded 2013 World Food Prize
The prize, also known as “Nobel Prize in Food & Agriculture”, was awarded to the Belgium plant scientist and GM inventor Prof. Marc van Montagu
- Europe should rethink its stance on GM crops
Second-generation crop GM techniques to help Europe grow more food on its scare land
- David Cameron: 'It is time to look again at GM food'
UK’s Prime Minister argued for more relaxed rules on GMOs and a pro-science culture