Eight nation study highlights GM maize benefits

An international study has highlighted productive and health benefits from the adoption of genetically modified maize.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Investigation launched into illegal GM plantings

Serbian acreage planted with GM crops has increased by 34% year-on-year to above 30 hectares in 2014, even though commercial cultivation of these crops in the country is not permitted by law, Serbian authorities told EU Food Law.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Europe

Croatia forced to deny Monsanto GM seed donation

Croatia’s agriculture ministry has denied that Monsanto donated GM seed to Croatian farmers in the form of aid and added that the multinational company is not even considering such a move. The announcement was issued following questions from Croatian MEPs over possible GM seed entering Croatia in the form of flood relief assistance from Monsanto.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Europe

French evidence against GM maize rejected by EFSA

Scientific evidence which the French government says raises health and environmental concerns about the insect-resistant maize crop MON 810 has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, France

Luxembourg has warned that the proposal to allow member states to opt out of cultivating EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories would give too much power to business.

The General Affairs Council 23 July formally adopted a first reading position on a proposal to allow individual Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has cleared as safe two genetically modified lipase enzymes.

Europe’s food and feed importers have told the European Commission it has 15 days to approve eight GM products or face supply chain disruption and price hikes.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has “strongly reiterated” its recommendations for improvements to monitoring methods for Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize, Agrow reports.

An attempt by the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB) to monitor the efficiency of co-existence measures for genetically modified and non-GM maize in the EU has been thwarted by the low levels of commercial crops, Agrow reports.

The European Commission is free to go ahead with granting EU import approvals for five more genetically modified crop lines, after member states once again failed to reach agreement for or against the authorisations, Agrow reports.

The anti-GM crop group, Testbiotech, has again urged the European Commission not to proceed with the cultivation approval for DuPont/Dow AgroSciences’ GM insect-resistant Herculex I (1507) maize.

The 12 June Environment Council has smashed the four-year deadlock over a proposal to allow individual Member States to prohibit cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories.

The 12 June Environment Council is set to back a four-year old proposal allowing Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories, under a compromise deal brokered by the Greek presidency.