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EU Parliament casts contradictory vote on biofuels

Press release | September 11, 2013 at 14:20

Brussels – In a close vote at the European Parliament today, MEPs supported the increased use of environmentally damaging biofuels, while at the same time called on the EU to account for the destructive effects of these fuels on food production...

Fixing EU biofuels policy

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso & Sini Harkki | September 9, 2013

The biofuel policy of the European Union is at a crossroads. Currently, an EU law mandates the use of biofuels largely made up of food crops that, instead of reducing emissions, have been shown to increase them. In trying to extinguish...

Syngenta takes Commission to court over ban of bee-killing pesticide

Press release | August 27, 2013 at 12:49

[UPDATE] - At least one other agrochemicals company (Bayer) has joined Sygnenta in challenging the EU pesticide ban. Brussels – Swiss agrochemicals company Syngenta has legally challenged a partial EU ban of one of its pesticides that...

Greenpeace welcomes EFSA guidelines for long-term GM food studies

Press release | August 2, 2013 at 11:29

Brussels – Greenpeace has welcomed the publication by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of new guidelines for long-term studies on genetically modified (GM) food [1]. Although assessing the long-term health and environmental impacts of GM...

Monsanto to cease marketing of new GM crops in EU

Press release | July 18, 2013 at 11:59

Brussels – US biotech and chemical company Monsanto has confirmed that it will withdraw all current applications for genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU, citing their commercial unviability and public resistance. While welcoming the...

Greenpeace welcomes another step in taking action on bee-killing pesticide

Press release | July 16, 2013 at 15:16

Brussels – A European Commission proposal to restrict the use of a pesticide that has been shown to kill bees received the support of a strong majority of EU country representatives today. 23 EU member states voted in favour of a partial ban on...

MEPs propose measures to improve green credentials of biofuels but fail to solve food...

Press release | July 11, 2013 at 0:33

Brussels – In the face of heavy lobbying from the biofuels industry, the European Parliament’s environment committee has made encouraging recommendations to fix EU biofuels policy, but more will be required to end the food for fuel crisis, warned...

Monsanto signals partial withdrawal from EU

Press release | May 29, 2013 at 16:00

Brussels – Monsanto will no longer actively push their products within the EU, except in countries where there is political support, according to a story from Danish media service Investigative Reporting Denmark [1]. The news comes after over two...

EU food agency links fourth pesticide to bee decline

Press release | May 27, 2013 at 15:21

Brussels – In the latest scientific warning against the impacts of common pesticides on bees, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has today released a scientific assessment linking a pesticide known as fipronil to harmful effects on bees.

Majority of EU countries support partial ban of bee-killing pesticides

Press release | April 29, 2013 at 9:58

Brussels – A clear majority of EU countries have supported the European Commission proposal to temporarily ban three pesticides that are scientifically shown to be harmful to bees: imidacloprid and clothianidin, produced by chemical company Bayer...

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