Brussels, January 23rd - Friends of the Earth welcomes the Austrian Government's decision today to ban Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape, GT73. There are now twelve bans of GM foods or crops in the European Union (1). The decision by the current EU presidency follows November's referendum in Switzerland that banned GM crops for five years.
Brussels, January 13 th , 2006 - The European Commission today ignored environmental and health concerns of Member States and approved the import and use of three Monsanto genetically modified (GM) maize (1).
This authorization comes despite studies showing that farmers in the US and elsewhere are not seeing the reduced pesticide use and higher profits promised by the Biotech industry.
Brussels (Belgium) January 10, 2006 - US-based biotech giant, Monsanto, is aiming to genetically modify all of Europe's maize over the next 4 years, reveals a new Friends of the Earth report released today. The report also concludes that in the ten years since the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods in Europe, the biotech industry has failed to deliver any benefits for consumers or the environment, and has not played any role in solving hunger and poverty.
The European Commission has today overturned Greek's ban on Monsanto's genetically modified seed (called MON810).
Adrian Bebb, GM campaigner for Friends of the Earth said:
Strasbourg, 17 November 2005 - Environmental, women's, health and consumer organisations recognised the important step taken by Parliament today towards replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives but regretted that MEPs exempted thousands of chemicals from the need to provide any health and safety information.The European Parliament supported the obligation to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives when these are available (the 'substitution principle'), sending a strong message to ministers of national governments who will next make a decision on REACH.
Strasbourg: Friends of the Earth Europe displayed 100 garden gnomes in front of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg urging strengthening of the EU's chemicals reform. MEPs will vote on the proposal for REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) on Thursday in the EP. Due to intense pressure from the European chemical industry, the draft legislation is under risk of being severely watered down.
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS, 18 OCTOBER 2005 -- As EU Environment Ministers agreed the EU's position towards the next UN climate negotiations taking place next month in Montreal, Canada, Friends of the Earth Europe warns that by yesterday's agreement the EU is endangering international leadership previously demonstrated by the EU on climate change.
In the aftermath of the devastating hurricane Katrina Friends of the Earth Europe has called the catastrophe a wake-up call for world leaders to act upon the global threat of climate change by swiftly agreeing new steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to Friends of the Earth Europe, any delay will mean more people suffering from more intense weather disasters as a result of global climate change, including in the United States, but also in Europe, as the 2005 floods, droughts and storms show.
Brussels, 29th June - Communities living next door to the oil giant Shell presented today the report 'Lessons not Learned - the other Shell Report 2004' in the European Parliament. MEPs Richard Howitt (PES) and Claude Turmes (Greens) call for a more stringent EU policy on CSR, in advance of a planned European Commission communication on CSR due this September.
Brussels, 21 June 2005: Friends of the Earth Europe called on EU governments to drastically increase their efforts to combat global warming by reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions, as shocking new data released today by the European Commission shows a dramatic increase in emissions. In 2003, EU-15 emissions were only 1.7% below 1990 levels, while Kyoto requires to achieve minus 8%. Almost half of the emission savings achieved until 2002 have been lost in 2003.