FICHE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE The EU has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Agriculture and agro-forestry have an important role to play to sequester and store carbon, and there is scope to reduce emissions using more efficient and sustainable production methods. Also reducing water pollution, soil erosion and preserving […]
After the informal AgriCouncil in Prague middle of September, EU ministers seemed to be particularly open to the new modifications of the EU legislations on GMO, assuring solid impact assessment and safety as the top priority.
In Austria, an NGO guides a pan-European on-line petition to keep the status quo on GMO regulations, fearing that a possible modification would allow what they call ‘new-GMOs’ to be sold in the market without following the security measures needed.
On the other side of the Atlantic, while the USDA approved a gene-edited tomato rich in nutrients, the US government approved an executive order that set the guidelines for future cooperation amongst governmental bodies to boost the US biotechnology and bio manufacture industry. At the same time, a federal judge claimed that current GMO labelling rules do not assure the safety of consumers because they prevent some from accessing the information.
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