There is no scientific consensus that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe, a group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians has stated this week, Agra Europe reports.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that there is no scientific reason not to allow Bayer CropScience AG to market its T25 genetically modified (GM) maize for food and feed uses, import and processing within the EU.
A Mexican judge has ordered the Ministries of Agriculture and of the Environment not to grant further authorisations for trials, pilot planting and commercialisation of genetically modified maize, national media report.
A study published this week highlights “substantial gaps in the current EU regulation of genetically engineered organisms,” according to anti-biotech campaign group Testbiotech, which commissioned the research.
It is a misconception that negative attitudes towards genetically modified crops are stronger among consumers in the EU than in other parts of the world, says a Swedish research group.
Italy has not provided the scientific evidence required to support its ban on the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically modified YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize, concludes the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The EU’s General Court has condemned the Commission for failing to propose that the Council approve genetically modified organisms in line with European law
Testbiotech this week called on regulators worldwide to strengthen the precautionary principle in national regulations and argued that the release of genetically modified organisms should not be allowed if they can no longer be retrieved from the environment.
Monsanto could have talked to regulators and the public more about genetically modified organisms before trying to gain approval on the EU market over a decade ago, the company’s President and Chief Commercial Officer Brett Begemann has admitted to journalists.
A top US plant science researcher has told EU Food Law that the rewards of using genetically modified products, particularly the environmental benefits, are not being shown to the public, particularly in Europe, where many oppose biotech crops, food and feed.