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Report: new GM crops would cause dramatic increase in EU herbicide use
The cultivation of new GM crops in Europe could increase herbicide use by up to 15 times, warned an agricultural forecast commissioned by Greenpeace and ...
Public interest win as EU Court annuls EFSA refusal to disclose glyphosate data
This morning, the European Court of Justice annuled the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) refusal to disclose data from industry-owned scientific studies ...
Endocrine disruptors
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the ...
Understanding the Common Agricultural Policy
The majority of recent publications on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union address current issues and specific applications. There is ...
Rising doubts about safety of genetically engineered plants
In a letter to Commissioner Dalli, Testbiotech and GeneWatch UK give new evidence of EFSA´s failure to perform risk assessment of genetically engineered plants.
EU agriculture ministers crack open door to climate action
EU agriculture ministers appeared to begin to recognise the urgency of climate action, and the crucial role farming has to play, as they considered the EU’s ...
Boost for European fruit and vegetable producers
New rules adopted Monday by the EU Commission provide simpler rules, reduced administrative burden and greater financial support in times of crisis for ...
International 'Meat Atlas' - Friends of the Earth
Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment, according to a new 'Meat Atlas' published ...
The human cost of cheap bananas
New report shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers
Mobilisation for start of mass opposition against patent on tomatoes
This week, a European-wide coalition is starting a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional ...
EU Commission says plants and animals derived from conventional breeding should be regarded as non-patentable
In a long awaited explanatory statement, the EU Commission takes the view that plants and animals that are obtained by means of “essentially biological” ...
No Patents on Beer!
In 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three patents to the Danish brewery, Carlsberg. The patents cover barley plants derived from conventional ...
EU paves the way for Internet of Things (IoT) in the food & farming sector
The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020), a EUR 30-million H2020 co-funded project by the European Commission, was officially launched in Amsterdam on the ...
Call to stop patents on beer
32 civil society organisations started Wednesday a public appeal to politicians and demand that effective prohibitions are put in place to stop the granting of ...
Stop patents on bread and beer now!
Patents claiming wheat, flour and bread, or tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber as inventions of industry - these are just a few examples of patent applications ...
Retailers call for Commission to ask right questions on trading practices
Following the announcement by Commissioner Hogan at the European Parliament Agriculture committee yesterday of the launch of a process leading to proposals on ...
Still no solution regarding patents on plants and animals
The 38 Contracting States of the European Patent Office (EPO) at their meeting in The Hague decided to strengthen prohibitions in European patent law in regard ...
Germany abstained in vote on import of new genetically engineered soybeans
In the vote on import approval for a new variety of genetically engineered soybeans in Brussels on 12 July, Germany was the only country which abstained.
CIUS welcomes the End of the Sugar and Isoglucose Quota Regime as a step in the right direction
CIUS, the European Sugar Users, welcomes the end to market-distorting sugar production quotas. They have for too long, hampered the competitiveness of the ...
Consumers and farmers disadvantaged if agriculture exempted from competition rules
Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned of the potential unforeseen consequences of pressure from the European Parliament in ...
Opposition to Monsanto bio-piracy patent on soybeans rejected
The European Patent Office (EPO) rejected on 11 October the opposition filed by 'No Patents on Seeds!' against the Monsanto patent EP 2134870.
EU Parliament calls for EU agriculture and budget to better protect biodiversity
Today the European Parliament voted a resolution, supporting the EU Commission’s Action Plan for nature, people and the economy [1], and calling for the future ...
WWF reaction: New EU farming policy will require Member States to deliver benefits for nature
Today the European Commission presented its Communication on the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020. The communication calls for a ...
Retailers support measures to help farmers in Omnibus Regulation - if they support competition
Responding to the adoption today by the European Parliament and Council of the text agreed in October in trilogue discussions on the Omnibus Regulation ...
Don’t let regulation get in the way of consumers buying more organic food
Speaking today on the vote in the European Parliament on the EU Organic Production Regulation, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren warned that ...
Monsanto granted "patent on severed broccoli"
European Patent Office once again grants a patent on plant breeding
European Patent Office boosts its business with Patents on Life
A monopoly on specific tomatoes with a higher content of healthy compounds known as flavonols was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) to the Swiss ...
European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by Monsanto on melons (EP1962578) for technical reasons.
Over 250,000 Europeans call on EU Commission to radically reform EU agriculture
Today a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and ...
European Parliament calling for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to be stopped
In a resolution backed by a large majority of its members, the European Parliament has taken a clear position against granting patents on plants derived from ...
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