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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.

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

Ethical labels are worth €709 billion globally - so which one is best for your product?

Fairtrade in France but organic in Austria? Euromonitor analysed 26,000 products across the world to help manufacturers understand which ethical labels work best for their products, depending on the country, category...

TTIP may mean higher prices and ‘unhealthy’ consumption: EC-backed report

The proposed EU-US TTIP trade deal could result in higher average prices, yet increased consumption of unhealthy foods, warns a draft EC report.

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health...

Brexit debate

Former Tory food ministers slug it out over Brexit

Britain’s ability to develop genetically modified (GM) foods was a central theme of a debate on next month’s EU referendum between two former Tory food ministers yesterday (May 12) in...

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TTIP leaks: Five points of interest for the food industry

The publication of almost 250 pages of internal documents from the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US suggests that a deal is increasingly unlikely. 

Do we need a better global approach on whole grains?

The lack of a harmonised message on whole grain intake in many countries may be leading to confusion and creating barriers for industry, warn researchers.

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

Zero deforestation and meat-rich diets – possible but very tricky

Fear not – nine billion people can be fed by 2050 without further deforestation. The claim comes from researchers at the Global Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, Austria.

Can firms clean up vanillin's clean label image amid natural supply shortages?

It’s the world’s most popular food flavour but less than 1% of global demand for vanilla can be met by the natural vanilla orchid – and this year’s supplies have...

EFSA budget plateaus despite growing workload

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced plateauing budgets for the next three years and staffing reductions of 10% running up to 2018 – despite its increasing responsibilities.

The rise of the 'invisible ethical': Why consumers want sustainability throughout the supply chain

From non-GMO glycerine-based solvents to sustainably sourced hydrocolloids, more and more companies are seeking ethical certification for 'invisible' ingredients – but what’s fuelling this demand when consumers probably don’t even...

EU regulators debate future of glyphosate

EU regulators are today debating whether to extend approval for Monsanto's controversial pesticide glyphosate.

Scientists unlock key to drought-resistant, nutrient-boosted beans

Sequencing the common bean’s genetic make-up is set to reap nutritional benefits as well as making the pulse resistant to drought, expanding its use beyond the food industry, a study...

French & German authorities weigh in on 'emotional' glyphosate debate

Glyphosate cannot be classed as a probable carcinogen but its use in formulations could be a cause for concern, says the French food safety authority while the German safety body has called for scientific...

Can Russia's organic industry match Putin's ambitions?

Russian president Vladimir Putin wants Russia to become the worlds biggest supplier of eco-friendly food - but the country still has a long way in terms of organic certification and production,...

MEPs clash with the Commission over GM crops – again

Members of the European Parliament have once again clashed with the European Commission over its stance on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Syngenta supports $43bn sale to ChemChina

Syngenta announced Wednesday that it is in favor of a $43bn purchase offer from ChemChina.

Could consumers see GM as an eco-friendly food choice?

Swedish researchers have suggested that food labelled both GM and eco-friendly may become commonplace in the future - but is this an idea consumers will buy into?

New tests needed to detect GM soy, says Cert ID

New GM crops such as CV127 soybean are not detectable with older testing methods, and food producers must update their testing protocols to avoid GM ingredients going undetected and undeclared in...

Séralini study on GMO toxicity ‘disappears’ after one day online

A study into long-term observational data by Seralini shows that GM Bt176 maize is “most probably” toxic in animals – but the paper has since ‘disappeared’ from the online journal after only one...

Labelling meat and dairy products as 'clone-free' would cost billions: EC report

Labelling meat and dairy products as ‘clone derived’ or ‘clone-free’ would cost tens of billions to the European livestock industry, says a recently published report - so will the Commission...

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...