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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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Letter to DEFRA Secretary of State

In a letter to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Owen Paterson, various organisations participating in the FSN have expressed their  support for his comments at the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference and at the 2013 NFU conference, supporting access to new technologies, including GM, for farmers, as well as for his statement on the importance of considering respected scientific opinion showing that the GM crops that are approved to date pose no greater risk than conventional crops.

Statement on flawed Seralini Rats Study

After the September 2012 article “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” by Seralini et al, suggesting that rats developed cancer after being fed with genetically modified herbicide tolerant maize, various organisations participating in the FSN state that this research is so fundamentally flawed that the conclusions have no basis –  Here the statement on the flawed Seralini Rats Study:

Website launched!

Together with the launch of the briefing paper “EU GMO POLICIES, SUSTAINABLE FARMING AND PUBLIC RESEARCH” on 1 June 2011, this website was launched to provide background materials and references. This website is still in the early stages of development and further background documents and references will be added in the course of the next few days and weeks.…

Letter to MEPs of Agri & Envi Committees

Various organisations participating in the FSN ask to the MEPs of the AGRI and ENVI Committees and to the heads of national delegations to reject the Lepage report, denouncing that the proposed changes to EU rules for GMO cultivation contained in the report have wider negative consequences on global food security, public research and EU farming.