Farmer organisations and public researchers ask MEPs and Ministers to reject the proposed changes to EU legislation on GM food and feed

In a letter to MEPs of the Agricultural and Environmental Committee of the European Parliament and to Ministers of Agriculture various FSN participant organisations ask their support to reject the proposal that EU Member States can restrict or prohibit the use of approved GM food and feed on their territory and urge the EU institutions to return to freedom of choice of farmers and to science as the basis of decision making.

 

2 September 2015,

We write to you on behalf of the European agricultural and scientific organisations listed below, who all collaborate in a so called farmers-scientists network.…

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Farmer organisations and public researchers ask MEPs to support sustainable and competitive agricultural production in the EU

Various organisations participating in the FSN ask new MEPs their commitment to help restoring innovation and sound science as the basis for policies, regulations and decision making dealing with farming, including those related to the use of genetically modified crops.

 

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

We write to you on behalf of the European farmers’ organisations listed below and the Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI). The farmers’ organisations below support the freedom of farmers to choose the crop varieties, including approved genetically modified (GM) varieties, they find best suited to address the increasing and changing challenges in farming.

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Farmer organisations ask MEPs to reject Anti-GM maize 1507 motion

In light of the improvements that access to GM crops can bring to EU farmers, various organisations participating in the FSN ask MEPs to reject the draft motion for a resolution against GM maize 1507, and to send a signal that the EU is still open to innovative products that have been proven as safe as conventional products by the European Food Safety Authority. 

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World Food Day letter to EU institutions

At the occasion of World Food Day, various organisations participating in the FSN expressed in an open letter to the EU Institutions their concern about the impact of EU GMO policies and regulations on the potential of modern biotechnology to strengthen sustainable food production.

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National GM bans scientifically unfounded and legally questionable

Number of GM crops banned in Europe

Number of GM crops banned in Europe

A number of EU Member States have banned the cultivation or import of certain EU approved GM crops. These bans are based on safety concerns which have never withstood scientific scrutiny by the competent body, the European Food Safety Authority EFSA. Legally, such bans are only possible if the Member State has “detailed grounds for considering that the GMO in question constitutes a risk to human health or the environment” (‘safeguard clause’ – Art.…

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