EU experts approve trace GM in feed imports: officialReuters | 22 Feb 2011
An EU committee voted on Tuesday to allow traces of unapproved genetically modified (GM) material in animal feed imports, the European Commission said, in a bid to secure grain supplies to the import-dependent bloc.
The UK needs a labelling scheme for GM-free meatGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
If meat and dairy from animals reared on GM feed is not labelled we allow crops without safety approvals to enter the food chainMost people don't like eating foods that have been genetically modified. Where they have a choice - that is, the products are clearly labelled and there are alternatives – they tend to avoid GM offerings. This is one reason why GM crops tend to form animal feeds or staple foods, where consumers either have no choice or no awareness.
GM crops to be allowed into Britain under controversial EU plansGuardian Unlimited | 06 Feb 2011
UK to back imports of animal feed with traces of GM crops in move to benefit US exporters. Genetically modified crops will be allowed to enter the UK food chain without the need for regulatory clearance for the first time under controversial plans expected to be approved this week. The Observer...
EU states can ban GM crops for public order: draftReuters | 03 Feb 2011
European Union governments could ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops to maintain public order in the face of popular opposition to the technology, the bloc's executive said in a draft document.
Genetically modified crops are the key to human survival, says UK's chief scientistGuardian Unlimited | 23 Jan 2011
Sir John Beddington argues that moves to block GM crops on moral grounds are no longer sustainable. Moves to block cultivation of genetically modified crops in the developing world can no longer be tolerated on ethical or moral grounds, the government's chief scientist, Sir John Beddington, has warned. He said the world faced "a perfect storm" of issues that could lead to widespread food shortages and public unrest over the next few decades.
Letters: How to boost food production in AfricaGuardian Unlimited | 07 Dec 2010
It is great that new research from Harvard University is challenging pessimistic views of Africa as a continent unable to feed itself (Africa can feed itself in a generation, says author, if leaders take up cause, 3 December). However, the expensive and failing technology GM should have no role to play in this - not even selectively.
Scientists give all-clear for meat and milk from cloned cattleGuardian Unlimited | 26 Nov 2010
Advisory committee's decision increases likelihood of authorities approving sale of foodstuffs from cloned animals. Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring is safe to eat, government advisers have determined. The conclusion by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, an...
EU looks to tighten GM crop assessment rulesReuters | 12 Nov 2010
The EU's food safety watchdog issued new guidelines on Friday for assessing the environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants, as part of a shake-up of the bloc's GM crop approval system.
EU states told GM crop plans may breach trade rulesReuters | 08 Nov 2010
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU legal experts "seriously doubt" that plans to let European Union member states decide for themselves to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops are in line with global trade rules, officials said on Monday.
Science Weekly podcast: The first map of human genetic variation, and an obituary for the space shut...Guardian Unlimited | 01 Nov 2010
Ten years after Bill Clinton and Tony Blair announced the first draft of the human book of life, the second edition is now in print. The first map of human genetic variation has been completed. We speak to one of the scientists involved in the project, Dr Paul Flicek, who heads up a team at the European Bioinformatics Institute. It's just four miles from Trafalgar Square, has 800 "veteran" trees, more than 180 recorded species of bird, and 300 recorded species of fungus.
EU exec proposes ban on animal cloning for foodReuters | 19 Oct 2010
The European Union announced plans on Tuesday to temporarily ban the use of animal cloning for food production, while allowing imports of food derived from the offspring of clones from the United States and elsewhere.
Farmers next to GM fields benefit from pest reduction, study showsGuardian Unlimited | 07 Oct 2010
US study finds reduced numbers of crop-damaging pests on corn farms that adjoin those growing GM crops. Farmers growing conventional corn next to GM crops can benefit from the reduction in crop-destroying pests without paying the premium for GM seeds, a new study has shown.The research, published...
Two thirds want GM to be kept off their plate - new opinion pollFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 15 Jun 2010
Two thirds of people in the UK don't want GM food. - 72 per cent would pay extra for non-GM food. The survey comes as Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze have learnt that that US- owned food retailer Asda has abandoned its commitment to GM-free eggs and poultry. The campaigning groups are calling on Asda and other supermarkets to respond to public opinion by pledging to keep GM out of the nation's meat and dairy.
GM crop trials are a waste of taxpayers' moneyFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 08 Jun 2010
Commenting on the GM potato crop trials in Norfolk, Friends of the Earth's Food Campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran said: "The Government is wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers' money by forging ahead with unnecessary and unpopular GM crop trials, which threaten local farmers with...
Greens protest genetically modified potato go-aheadThe Independent | 10 Mar 2010
Green members of the European parliament stood en masse and held up placards Tuesday in protest against the EU Commission approval of the cultivation of genetically modified potatoes.
Food talks focus on crop geneticsBBC World Service | 02 Sep 2009
Understanding the impact of crop genetics on the environment is essential to future food security, delegates in Dundee will hear.
Green dream of independent energyBBC | 12 May 2009
Northern Ireland should harness its natural wind, biomass and tidal resouces, the Green Party says in its election manifesto.
A new push to win EU acceptance for biotechInternational Herald Tribune | 16 Feb 2009
The biotechnology industry, claiming the backing of European Union governments, signaled a new effort Monday to win greater leeway to grow genetically modified crops in Europe, a region where citizens have long been skeptical about the safety and value of the technology.