Swiss Federal Council: Extend GMO moratorium until 2021

In December, the Swiss Federal Council voted in favour of extending the nation-wide moratorium on GM releases until 2021. The moratorium has already been extended twice and is otherwise due to expire on 2017. The Council considered that the extension until 2021 will allow a thorough debate on the potential future use of GMOs in Swiss agriculture. Should […]

USA Leads New Surge in GMO-Free Labelling

Innova Market Insights Posted on Food South Australia News, October 30 2105. With ongoing interest in clean labelling and greater transparency, the free-from category is continuing to grow globally and, in addition to the high-profile developments in areas such as lactose-, dairy- and gluten-free foods and drinks, there has also been a marked upturn in […]

Most EU nations seek to bar GM crops

Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory, the bloc’s executive arm said Sunday, the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GM crops. AFP, Yahoo News The EU nations had until October 3 to seek an opt-out which […]

Half of Europe opts out of new GM crop scheme

Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free The Guardian, October 1 2015 Half of the European Union’s 28 countries and three of its regions have opted out of a new GM crop scheme, in a blow to biotech industry hopes. Under new EU rules agreed […]

German Retailers fueling the rapid growth of non-GMO soy consumption

How is the largest economy in Europe changing the face of non-GMO soy consumption and what effect does this have on the Brazilian export market? Global Grain Events The primary author of this article is Dr. Ludger Breloh, section chief for sustainable products, including all products from animals reared on GMO-free feed, at REWE Group, […]

Northern Ireland Bans Genetically Modified Crops

Irish Times, September 25 2015 Genetically modified crops have been prohibited in Northern Ireland. Stormont’s Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan said he was unconvinced of the advantages of the technology. The European Union said earlier this year that its 28 member states could adopt their own positions on the issue. Mr Durkan said: “I […]

Austria and Italy celebrate bans on GM crops with EU opt-out

Sustainable Pulse, 24 September 2015 Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser and a number of Italian Ministries have confirmed that both countries are officially requesting an opt-out from growing the eight varieties of GM maize permitted or set to be permitted at the EU level, thus there will now be a full ban on GM crops […]

Frances Bolsters Ban on Genetically Modified Crops

Reuters, September 18 2015 France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place, it said on Thursday. The European Union’s largest grain grower and exporter has asked the European Commission for France to be excluded from some GM maize […]

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops – ministry letter Reuters, August 24 2015. Hans-Edzard Busemann Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell […]

Scotland: Ban on GM crops makes sense ethically and is good for the economy

Herald Scotland, August 13 2015 Richard Lochhead,  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment This week I announced that the Scottish Government will take advantage of new EU measures that allow Scotland to prevent the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland in line with our long-standing policy to protect our country’s clean, green status. There […]