Mute Schimpf on Friends of the Earth Europe's new campaign to stop new GM crops being cultivated in Europe.
Last week a young activist asked me why politicians don't get the facts about GM crops right. 'Why do governments push for GMOs in our fields?' she asked. It is a valid question.
Environment and agriculture organisations have launched a new campaign today to prevent the further spread of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe.
Brussels, October 5 – Friends of the Earth Europe has today criticised the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for failing to take seriously enough concerns about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and the herbicides used on them.
Peer-reviewed research published last month in the internationally respected journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found significantly increased rates of cancer and death in rats fed both Monsanto's GM maize and its herbicide Roundup. 
Brussels, September 20 – Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for immediate action by the EU to protect public health following yesterday’s publication of new research  which raises concerns about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and the herbicides used on them.
The peer-reviewed research in the internationally respected journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found significantly increased rates of cancer and death in rats fed both Monsanto’s GM maize and its herbicide Roundup.
European Union officials are paving the way to bring genetically modified (GM) animals to the European market.
European authorities have developed safety guidelines for the introduction of GM animals  - a precursor to approving such products for commercial sale.
But these steps to introduce GM fish, pigs or cows come despite unwillingness to sell them from major retailers, research by Friends of the Earth Europe shows , as well as strong consumer opposition to GMOs. 
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
Proposed new regulation giving countries greater rights to ban genetically modified (GM) crops did not get agreement from Environment Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today.
Friends of the Earth Europe supports stronger rights for individual countries and regions to ban GM crops.
However the group is critical of the proposal submitted to ministers which was vague, lacked strong legal grounds for bans, and proposed that countries ask biotech companies for permission to impose bans.
Brussels, March 9 - The European Union could face a barrage of new genetically modified (GM) crops following the failure today by environment ministers to reach an agreement on new rights for countries to ban GM cultivation, claims Friends of the Earth Europe.
With six applications  to grow new GM crops in the pipeline, the pro-biotech Health and Consumer Commissioner John Dalli could now proceed with their authorisations, despite their unpopularity with consumers and concerns over their safety.
Brussels, February 7, 2012 – Public resistance to genetically modified crops has ensured that the area grown in Europe in 2011 remained at 0.1 per cent of all arable land, shows figures released today by Friends of the Earth Europe. In comparison, organic farming accounted for 3.7 per cent.
The figures follow recent announcements of the biotech industry retreating from parts of Europe.
Brussels, January 16 - Following the announcement today by Germany-based BASF that it is halting the development and commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, Adrian Bebb, from Friends of the Earth Europe said: “This is another nail in the coffin for genetically modified foods in Europe. No one wants to eat them and few farmers want to grow them. This is a good day for consumers and farmers and opens the door for the European Union to shift Europe to greener and more publicly acceptable farming."