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VLOG Members' Newsletter 03/21 .:. June

 

Dear readers,

at the weekend, the German Green Party adopted its election manifesto and clearly positioned itself on the issue of genetic engineering. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU, conservatives) is the only current party in the Bundestag that has not yet presented a draft manifesto.

Whatever the outcome of the elections, the future German government will have to deal with the issue of genetic engineering. The EU Commission wants GMO deregulation. Many EU agriculture ministers, including the German one, agreed with it. For the time being, the issue has disappeared from the agenda of their environmental colleagues. But the debate must and will be conducted.

How fatal a deregulation of genetic engineering and GMOs would be was recently expressed by the large European food retailers in their resolution. VLOG will also continue to campaign for all GMOs to continue to be considered and regulated as GMOs. This must become part of the next coalition agreement.

We wish you a warm and healthy election summer!
Your VLOG team

VLOG General Assembly online tomorrow, June 15, 9:30

Tomorrow, 15 June 2021, the VLOG General Assembly will take place from 9:30 am (CEST). Due to the pandemic, the event will be held online once again as a web conference via the streaming platform Zoom. Invitation and registration information have been sent to all members by e-mail.


VLOG Infographic: Products and sales

The over 12.6 billion euros in consumer spending on "Ohne GenTechnik" in 2020 is spread over more than 14,000 different products. Dairy products clearly dominate in terms of sales, but the number of products is more evenly distributed across the groups. You can find this and many other infographics in the Download Centre.


German Green Party in favour of regulation and labelling of new GMO

In their election manifesto, which has now been adopted at the national party conference, the Greens have clearly declared their support for the regulation and labelling of old and new GMOs. GMO-free production and consumers' freedom of choice shall be protected.


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.


Green-conservative coalition government: German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg to remain GMO-free

In their new coalition agreement, the Greens and the CDU (Christian Democrats, conservative party) have committed themselves to “GMO free”. GM plants will not be cultivated in the southwest German state in the future either. The same rules are to apply to new GMOs as to "old" GMOs.


New animated VLOG explanatory video

In short "Simple Show" explanatory videos, we present complex VLOG-specific topics in an entertaining way. "Explained simply: Preparing a VLOG audit at the feed production stage" is the title of the second video in our new media format.


Risk grading of agricultural businesses

A new "decision tree" on the risk grading of agricultural businesses is available in the download area of the VLOG standard at "Further documents/Instructions/Tools/" in the subitem "Feed and Agriculture".


New FAQ: Risk grading canola & Transfer of feed in drop shipping

We have added two new items to our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). The explanation on "Risk grading of canola" is available in the FAQ, chapter Feed, subsection Agriculture. The explanation on "Labeling and incoming goods inspection during transfer of feed in drop shipments" can be found in the FAQ, chapter Logistics, subsection Trade and Drop Shipping.


Job vacancy: VLOG auditor - Feed and Agriculture

In the VLOG Integrity team we have a vacancy for a "VLOG Auditor*in - Feed and Agriculture (m/f/d)" starting 01 October 2021. You can read the full job advertisement here.


Events

VLOG General Assembly

15 June 2021: Online conference via streaming-platform Zoom

 


New seal users & members

New "Ohne GenTechnik" seal users

-Ölmühle Hartmann GbR

- Imkerei Finkenstädt

- albfood AG

- Albert Schiller KG

- Geflügelhof Gerd J. Meyer GmbH & Co. KG

- "AJTEL" Spolka Jawna W. & J. Ajtel

New "VLOG geprüft" seal users

- Interquell Cereals GmbH

- RWG Hatten-Huntlosen eG




Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik (VLOG)
Association Food without Genetic Engineering

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Tel.: +49 (0)30 2359 945 00
Fax.: +49 (0)30 2359 945 00

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