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Genetically modified food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods could damage the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

EU project seeks to improve GM food safety testing

An EU-funded project that aims to improve safety testing for genetically modified (GM) foods has published its first results.

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a...

We can cope with extra novel food workload, says EFSA official

The European Food Safety Authority is willing and able to cope with the extra workload of novel food assessment that could come under its control, an official said at a...

European Council declassifies TTIP trade negotiation document

The Council of the European Union has published the negotiating directives for EU-US trade talks (TTIP) after months of criticism from NGOs and campaigners over an alleged lack of transparency.

Novel food proposals

Does 'history of safe consumption' mean foods are safe?

Proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told...

Current rules on GM crops ‘create conflict’, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth

The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. ...

News in brief

EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

MEPs voice GM cultivation ‘loophole’ concerns: Member states mustn’t face corporate court action

Legislation on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops must be made “watertight” to avoid GM-opposing member states being taken to court, the European Parliament has urged in a European Council debate...

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes have raised the possibility that fruit and other crops might be genetically improved without the need to introduce foreign genes, according...

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis...

Study: ‘Organic’, ‘whole grain’ give unhealthy foods a health halo

Health-related buzzwords such as “heart healthy”, “organic” and “all natural” can lead consumers to rate unhealthy foods as healthy, according to a study of college students at the University of...

EU pesticide bans: 'Overzealous' regulation threatens food security, claim ag bodies

Over-regulation in EU farming is threatening crop production, meaning the UK is falling behind overseas pesticide-using competitors, agricultural bodies warn. 

"Environment Council has just broken the deadlock on the GMO cultivation proposal": Commission

European Commission reaches ‘political agreement’ on GM cultivation proposal

The European Commission’s Environmental Council has “broken the deadlock” on GM crop cultivation proposals with a political agreement around how member states can restrict or ban such crop production on their...

IFT 2014: What’s hot in science and technology?

Some of world’s top food science and technology professionals will come together later this month at IFT. If you’re more ‘science focused’  than trends guru, check out our guide to...

Would consumers buy transgenic food if they believed it would boost health?

Health and other consumer benefits may help make transgenic or genetically engineered (GE) food more acceptable to consumers, but the food industry needs to be more transparent to win back...

Slashing global malnutrition hinges heavily on agri productivity

Rising incomes in developing countries puts an 84% drop in global malnutrition by 2050 in sight – but it won’t happen unless agricultural productivity continues to increase and climate change...

Proposed GM law creates uproar

A new law being discussed in Brussels this week could give biotech companies “unprecedented power” over decisions to ban genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe, according to Friends of the...

French research 'concern' as court dismisses case against GM-activists

French researchers have expressed 'serious concern' at a recent decision by a court to clear 54 activists who destroyed 70 experimental genetically modified (GM) grapevines in 2010.

EFSA gives Monsanto the green light on SDA-rich GM soy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive scientific opinion on Monsanto’s MON 87769 soybean crop, which has been genetically modified to contain stearidonic acid.

Economic interests have been given precedence over public health

Séralini says GM study retraction was based on 'unscientific double standards'

The decision to retract research linking the consumption of herbicide and genetically modified crops to cancer in rats was based on 'double standards' and pressure from the GM food industry,...

Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation?

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

From the benefits of gluten-free to those of Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, many claims that one dietary strategy are better than another for health and weight loss are simply 'unjustified'...