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GMO-free requires dialogue and cooperation along the entire value chain
Consumers want food that is produced without genetic engineering and deforestation. There is sufficient Non-GMO, deforestation-free feed (made from Non-GM soy) available for the European market, but equitable supply relationships and long-term contracts are necessary to ensure the supply security. These were the key conclusions from the International Non-GMO Summit, which took place in Frankfurt on 10 May 2023.
International Non-GMO Summit 2023 on May 9-10th in Frankfurt, Germany
This May (9-10th) will see the first ever International Non-GMO Summit taking place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Summit will be an unprecedented get-together for all parts of the Non-GMO value chain – from the major raw materials providers to traders, food producers and through to retailers.
"Ohne GenTechnik" is the most distinct food label - and should remain so!
The [German] Quality Seal Monitor 2023 certifies, the green "Ohne GenTechnik" (Non-GMO) diamond has the most distinct content of the 20 food seals analyzed. To ensure that this remains the case, the EU's GMO standards must be preserved.
International Green Week: "Ohne Gentechnik" important for meat substitutes according to survey
Meat substitutes are booming and will also be in the spotlight at the International Green Week food fair 2023 in Berlin. According to a new study, absence of genetic engineering is at the top of the wish list.
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.