Brussels, 14 June 2004 - The twenty five member states of Europe will vote this week for the first time on a Genetically Modified (GM) food. A European Union (EU) regulatory committee will decide on Wednesday 16th June 2004, whether to allow the import of a Monsanto GM oilseed rape, called GT73, that has been modified to resist the company's own chemical herbicide.
Europe's largest grassroots environmental network has today, on "Earth Day", launched a new campaign to demand better legal protection for areas wanting to ban genetically modified (GM) crops. Friends of the Earth Europe highlight that initiatives to ban GM crops are now running in at least 22 different European countries. (1)
Friends of the Earth Europe have challenged the European Commission to do more to protect organic farming from the contamination of genetically modified (GM) crops. Today (Thursday 22 January), the Commission is holding a one-day Hearing on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Organic Food and Farming (1).
Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed the decision by European countries not to break the EU's de facto moratorium on new GMO foods. A EU regulatory committee today failed to support a proposal by the European Commission to approve a controversial genetically modified sweet corn. Friends of the Earth described the decision as a "victory for common sense".
Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on EU member states to put European citizens before the business interests of the United States at a crucial meeting today. Europe's largest environmental network is protesting outside the European Council as a regulatory committee decides whether to approve a controversial genetically modified sweet corn, thereby breaking Europe's six year de facto moratorium.
Strasbourg, 2 July 2003. The European Parliament's vote in favour of allowing member states to take action to prevent contamination from genetically modified (GM) crops has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe.
The MEPs also voted for tougher labelling of GM food and traceability of crops. GM animal feed will now have to be labelled for the first time.