Trade Talk

Guest blog post by Gerd Spelsberg from i-bio – Information Biosciences Let’s have no more soya bean imports, but instead cultivate our own feed supplies in Germany. To achieve this we must ask where the extra agricultural land necessary will come from? European agriculture depends on the import of large amounts of soya animal feed.… » read more

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Guest blog post by Jim Orson from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). I made a big mistake at the end of a recent blog when I mentioned that we could soon expect to cultivate GM glyphosate tolerant oilseed rape. This optimism chimed with recent reports stating that we could soon grow waves of… » read more

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On the 5th of February, 2015, spokespeople for the European cereal, vegetable oil and animal feed importers, labelled the EU’s “missing GM authorisations” a ticking bomb. But let’s face it; few people heard that news at breakfast time. The still fresh Greek election result, attempts to renegotiate Greek debt obligations, and the declining value of… » read more

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A glimmer in the tunnel

              Guest blog post by Professor Vivian Moses, Chairman of CropGen and visiting professor of biotechnology at King’s College and of biology at University College. One of those dubious classic EU “compromises” was approved by the European Parliament last week in Brussels. While the responsibility for approving the cultivation… » read more

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For those who were already following Europe’s policy on GM crops last century, something strange is happening. Long teased by our cousins across the Atlantic for living in the world’s agricultural museum, we now finally appear to be travelling back in time to 1999. The similarities are startling. Let’s review: In early 2015: the European… » read more

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