New GMOs: EU Commission must make significant improvements
In its publication on the future handling of new genetic engineering methods, the EU Commission gives broad space to the positions of promoters of genetic engineering, but wants to stick to safety for consumers and the environment as guiding principles. Safety, protection of "Ohne Gentechnik" and organic farming as well as GMO labelling are explicitly mentioned, but fall far too short in the conclusions.
94 associations call for strict regulation of GMOs
In a joint position paper, a broad alliance of 94 NGOs from environmental protection, animal welfare, nature conservation, development policy, churches, consumer protection, agriculture, breeding and the food industry has called on the German government to continue to regulate and label all current and future genetic engineering methods and their products as GMOs.d zu kennzeichnen.
"Ohne Gentechnik" grows - preserve transparency!
In 2020, consumers in Germany spent around 12.6 billion euros on products with the "Ohne GenTechnik" (Non GMO) label, an increase of more than 12 percent. The market share in food is thus around 5.4 percent. To secure this success in the long term, new GMOs must also remain regulated as GMOs. After the publication of the EU study on the topic next week, the debate is likely to gain steam.
Japan: CRISPR tomato to be launched on the market without GMO assessment
A Japanese company has developed a tomato with CRISPR/Cas9 that contains particularly large amounts of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Due to Japanese genetic engineering deregulation, the product can be marketed without approval.
Baden-Württemberg election: parties controversial on GMOs
Will genetic engineering be an election issue? In Baden-Württemberg, among other places, the German super election year 2021 starts on March 14. The local Action Alliance for GMO-Free Agriculture asked the parties about their positions on genetic engineering in the run-up to the state election. The Greens, CDU, SPD and FDP responded - and quite controversially.
BVL welcomes Cibus test: it's about the mutation, not its cause
At an expert meeting on detection methods for "New GMO" plants, representatives of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) expressly welcomed the publication of the test for Cibus "Gene Editing" canola by VLOG, Greenpeace and others in September 2020. Such detection, they said, was about identifying the mutation, not its cause.
Expert panel in the "Bundestag" - New GMOs: Use detection methods, ensure GMO free food and feed!
„New GMOs" are also GMOs, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified in 2018. In order to ensure that no illegal GMO-plants enter our food and feed it is necessary to use reliable detection methods. This was the topic of an expert panel with representatives of authorities and other experts in the German Parliament on 22 Feb 2021.
Czech and German "Ohne Gentechnik" standards mutually recognized
After a year of intensive detailed work, the Czech feed association SKK and VLOG have reached an agreement on the mutual recognition of their "Ohne Gentechnik" standards. This is an important step for cross-border trade, for German and Czech producers - and also for consumers.
Genetic Engineering at the International Green Week 2021
Due to the Corona virus, International Green Week (IGW) and its many accompanying events had to be cancelled as large on-site events in 2021: No-one milling around between the animals and food stands, no receptions, no big rally. Yet agricultural policy was still widely discussed in various online events – and, of course, the topics included genetic engineering.
Great Britain seeks to deregulate genetic engineering
While the UK was still a member of the EU, the British government supported agricultural genetic engineering to the extent possible. After the completion of Brexit, it is now free to restructure its genetic engineering laws. And apparently it’s not losing any time in doing so.
EU Parliament remains critical of genetic engineering
The European Parliament continues to clearly reject genetically modified plants. With a majority of over two-thirds the delegates asked the EU Commission to reject an application for four maize/corn plants and one soy plant that had been repeatedly genetically modified to be approved for human and animal consumption.
Genetically modified linseed: 10,000 kilogrammes of seed may be contaminated
During a routine inspection of the linseed harvest of a Baden-Württemberg organic farmer authorities found the genetically modified linseed FP 967/Triffid as a contaminant. In 2009, Triffid led to numerous recalls throughout the EU, but has not been found in food since then.
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Producing eggs and poultry meat without soy feed
It is definitely possible to produce eggs and poultry meat without soy feed, and this can even have cost advantages. Dual-purpose chickens – where the unethical killing of day-old male chicks has been eliminated – can also be fed a soy-free diet with no loss of quality.