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Products sold for over 13 billion euros: Maintaining the successful "Ohne Gentechnik" label
Consumers spent around 13.2 billion euros on "Ohne Gentechnik" (Non-GMO) products in Germany in 2021, 4.3 percent more than in the previous year. Therefore, the label remains on a winning streak in its 13th year. Current challenges include possibly new EU GMO rules and deliberately stoked uncertainties around the issue of feed availability.
Sufficient GMO-free rapeseed available: Adequate payment for quality!
Some industry associations repeatedly try to exploit market uncertainties by toppling proven quality standards in agricultural production. Currently, the war in Ukraine is being used to claim an alleged threat of non-availability of GMO-free feed.
Biased questions: EU consultation launched on new genetic engineering
The EU Commission has launched the previously announced public consultation on regulating future genetic engineering. The questions and reply options are formulated with a strong bias towards softening the currently existing rules.
Despite misleading statements: "Ohne Gentechnik" production is secure
The German Raiffeisen Association (DRV) and the German Feed Association (DVT) try to conjure up a collapse of "Ohne Gentechnik" (Non-GMO) production. The "maintenance of the supply of the wide market with GMO-free material" is "not realistic in the long run", the associations claim, apparently misleading deliberately.
GMO-free feed sufficiently available despite Ukraine war
The war in Ukraine is bringing material flows and supply chains to a stumble or even to a standstill. GMO-free feed ingredients are also imported from Ukraine and Russia, but sufficient quantities of rapeseed and soybean meal are currently available. The "Ohne Gentechnik" [Non-GMO] sector is in close internal communication and is preparing for possible future shortages.
EU conference: Stop the deregulation of genetic engineering!
The plans of the EU Commission to deregulate genetic engineering threaten consumers as well as the "Ohne Gentechnik" and organic farming sectors. The new German Traffic Light coalition government can make a decisive contribution to stop these plans. According to the Commission, all options are still open. A high-level conference is being held today in Brussels to discuss this topic.
“Traffic Light Coalition” agreement and assignment of ministries: Green Light for "Ohne Gentechnik"
The words "genetic engineering" do not appear in the new German “Traffic Light Coalition” agreement between the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and the Liberals (FDP). However, commitments to transparency, risk and detection research and the designated assignment of the agricultural, environmental and economic ministries are a good political omen for the "Ohne Gentechnik" [Non-GMO] sector.
Anuga 2021: Retailers oppose genetic engineering deregulation plans
Other major European retailers have joined a joint resolution against the EU Commission's deregulation plans, under which many new GM products would no longer be recognizable as GM in the future. The future German government has a crucial role to play in defending the interests of consumers and the "Ohne Gentechnik" [Non-GMO] and organic industries in Brussels.
Anuga 2021: Great potential for "Ohne Gentechnik" pork and beef
"Ohne GenTechnik" [Non-GMO] has become the almost universal standard for dairy products within just a decade, accounting for a good three-quarters of the total. The majority of chickens, turkeys and other poultry in Germany are now also fed GMO-free, so that eggs and poultry meat are around two-thirds "Ohne Gentechnik". For beef and pork, the proportion has so far been significantly lower. But that is likely to change soon.
Food Trend "Clean Label" at Anuga 2021: Three quarters of milk in Germany produced without genetic engineering
More than three quarters of milk in Germany is now produced without genetic engineering, the share is 76 percent in total. Ten years ago, it was only five percent. The upcoming Anuga in Cologne, Germany, will put the spotlight on the boom in "Ohne Gentechnik" [Non-GMO] and other "clean labels" starting October 9, and VLOG will also be present at the central food trade fair.
VLOG survey: „Bundestag“ parliamentary groups on the future of "Ohne Gentechnik"
For the "Ohne Gentechnik" sector, there are trend-setting political decisions to be made in the new legislative period. All parties represented in the German parliament [Bundestag] have expressed their views on the subject in their election programs. VLOG wanted to know more and therefore asked the vice chairmen of the parliamentary groups responsible for the topic, except for the AfD, seven specific questions.
Europe's Food Retail Sector calls for clear regulation of New GMOs
The "Retailers' Resolution against Deregulating New GMOs" demands protection for "Non-GMO“ and organic products by the continued practice of the existing EU GMO legislation. All GMOs on plates and fields should remain strictly regulated in the EU, the precautionary principle and labelling must not be undermined.
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.
"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.