GMO-contaminated maize/corn seeds sold and grown
GMO-contaminated maize/corn seeds from a dealer in Lower Saxony were sown in several German federal states. German authorities were first made aware of the case by Hungarian inspectors. “There is obviously some catching up to do in the inspection system”, commented VLOG Managing Director, Alexander Hissting. “The ‘Ohne Gentechnik’ food industry relies on dependable protection from GMOs”.
Greens clearly in favour of regulating genetic engineering
The Green Fractions in the German and the European Parliament have issued position papers in which they come out clearly against any deregulation of new genetic engineering methods. That’s good news for consumers, the food industry and the booming German and European ‘Ohne Gentechnik’ business sector.
The EU’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy: Genetic engineering is not sustainable
The EU Commission’s new ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy includes addressing a possible role for ‘new innovative techniques’ such as biotechnology to strengthen sustainability and reduce pesticides. It also mentions an ongoing study by the Commission that will supposedly examine the potential of ‘new genomic techniques’ to improve sustainability in the food supply.
“Ohne GenTechnik” sales continue to grow
Producers and processors generated about EUR 8.8 billion in sales of goods with the “Ohne GenTechnik” seal in 2019. End customers spent about EUR 11.3 billion for these products in stores. This is a 15 percent increase over 2018. In 2020, consumer spending is likely to rise to at least EUR 11.8 billion.