GM crops to be fast-tracked in UK following EU vote
GM crops look set to be brought to the UK market speedily after MEPs approve new legislation allowing countries to choose whether to grow the crops, in a rubber-stamping vote on Tuesday (13 January).
Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on ‘political’ grounds
Twenty-one of Europe's most prominent plant scientists have signed an open letter warning that Europe may lose its prime research position unless field trials are allowed of genetically modified (GM) plant varieties that have been judged safe.
Land Oberosterreich v Commission. GM Crops
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgement in the case of Land Oberösterreich v Commission (Case T-366/03) on 5 October 2005. The case concerned an application by the Republic of Austria for annulment of Commission Decision 2003/653/EC of 2 September 2003 relating to national provisions on banning the use of genetically modified organisms in the region of Upper Austria.
Edie environmental case law summary November 2005
This month Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK, Europe and further afield. Updates covered include GM crops, waste frameworks, emissions trading, and failure to implement EU laws.
Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.
Scientists meet to advise EC on Biosciences Summit
A group of scientists from EU member states met for the first time on 27 April to begin work on assessing the European public's level of biosciences knowledge and how the EC should communicate information regarding such topics as GM crops and human cloning.
OECD report admits not enough is known about GM crops in tropical climates
Reports published by the chairman and the rapporteurs of a recent conference on GM food safety organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) include a call for an international forum on GM foods, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Renewed attack on GM crops as UK extends trials
The UK Environment Minister has extended the country's voluntary ban on the commercial growing of GM crops for three more years. Environmentalists denounced the trials, seizing on the admission that biotech companies may be able to secure licences to sell the trial crops to animal feed producers before three years are up.
EU: Bio-techs seek earlier GM crop approvals as threat of trade war looms
Monsanto and AgrEvo have offered to improve crop monitoring and provide information that will allow GM food labelling in Europe in an effort to get EU approval for new GM crop varieties. The offer coincided with reports that the US Ambassador to the EU has raised the spectre of a trade war if the EU continues to block sales in Euroland of US-grown GM crops.
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