Trade Talk

Guest post by Dr Julian Little, former Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council At the end of last year, I was invited to speak at a Knowledge 4 Innovation meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on the subject of Smarter Regulation and Innovation for EU Agriculture chaired by West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre. This… » read more

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Free or freeze EU innovation

Guest post by Garlich Von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association (ESA) 2016. Like any New Year, this one as well starts with high expectations and many solemn declarations. Most of them are rather personal and ambitious ones, like quitting smoking or running the next Brussels Marathon. By contrast, it seems that Europe… » read more

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Guest post by Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience First published in Rheinische Post, Nov 28, 2015   We need new ideas to ensure food security and tackle climate change. While the COP21 Climate Conference convenes in Paris to deliberate solutions to climate change, El Niño is demanding attention south of the equator. This climatic… » read more

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Guest blog post by Karen Batra, Director of Food and Agriculture Communications at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). A number of international media outlets are reporting on EU member states choosing to opt-out of GMO cultivation. Using a law signed in March giving countries the right to seek exclusion from any approval request for GMO… » read more

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New Plan: Legal Certainty

Guest post by Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries. The Commission has told MEPs and ministers that it has no ‘plan B’ if the proposal to enable national bans on the ‘use’ of GMOs is rejected. It is the whole food and feed chain’s hope that this means that should… » read more

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Where Is This Soya?

Have any of you ever heard of the Danube Soya Initiative…? That’s what I thought. It is Europe’s most significant (and only) attempt to boost conventional non-GM soya production in countries along the banks of the Danube River. Why do we need to boost the production you ask? Because European farmers and our animals are… » read more

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“It’s just like that Tom Hanks film!” I cried – half rejoicing, half rattled. The breaking news last month that the European Commission had rubber-stamped seventeen GM maize, cotton, soybean and oil-seed rape (and even two GM carnations) import approvals, after months and in-some-cases years of delays, left me momentarily giddy. Because yes, some of… » read more

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Guest post by Zuzana Stratilová from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Biotrin. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use, especially in agriculture and food industry, remain a controversial topic in the EU. Opinions of different member states are highly polarized. On the one hand, there are member states which… » read more

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Guest blog post by Julian Little, Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council. I was recently speaking to a member of the animal feed supply chain who informed me that the amount of animal feed (most of which is genetically modified) to Europe equated to the combined weight of every person in the European Union –… » read more

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