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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.

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...

Firmenich and Veolia join food giants in sustainable investment fund

Flavour giant Firmenich and water management firm Veolia join Mars and Danone in an investment fund that boosts the security and sustainability of their supply chains while improving the livelihood...

Anti-GMO study quoted in Italian Senate retracted amidst data manipulation claims

A research paper that was referenced in an Italian government hearing on whether the country should allow GM cultivation is to be retracted after one of the authors was accused of falsifying research data....

FoodNavigator's 2015 quiz of the year

So you think you know all there is to know about the European food industry in 2015? Let us put your knowledge to the test with our news quiz!

What does COP21 mean for the food industry?

Et voilà – we have a global deal on carbon emissions. But what will be the impact of COP21 on food?

Evolva launches fermentation-derived valencene

Evolva will begin producing valencene orange flavour through fermentation allowing for large scale production at a fraction of the cost of traditional extraction methods, it says.

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EFSA backs glyphosate but should industry blacklist it anyway?

The European Commission’s standing committee meets today to discuss whether or not to renew approval for glyphosate. Chances are the controversial herbicide will get the green light. Should the food industry...

COP21: Sustainability in focus

More headaches for "less meat" messaging

Want to promote products with less meat or meat alternatives? Steer clear of environmental messages and focus on health, say researchers.

Incredible organic? More studies needed to substantiate health effects

More research is needed to establish the health and nutritional credentials of organic foods, say agricultural MEPs.

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that glyphosate, a herbicide used on food crops, is unlikely to cause cancer and recommends raising safety levels.

Industrial potential: UK team produce beneficial phenolic compounds in tomatoes

Just one tomato could provide the same amount of resveratrol as 50 bottles of red wine or the same amount of genistein as 2.5kg of tofu, say researchers.

TTIP backlash: Europe wants its food to be craft, natural and home-grown

From fibre-filled juice to bird-friendly coffee, cauliflower flour to pea bread, European demands for natural are being fuelled by a massive distrust of TTIP – and this will grow whether...

Will Cargill's EverSweet be a gamechanger for stevia?

Extracted or fermented, blended or pure, stevia can take many forms - and the arrival of EverSweet will mean even more possibilities for positioning the sweetener, says Cargill. But will it get...

Brazilian soy exporters, crushers and farmers should 'keep their eyes on' German GM free trend, says retailer

There is a now a huge momentum in Germany to convert all private label meat sectors to GM free soy, said the German Association of Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG). ...

More than half of EU countries set to opt out of GM

Sixteen countries have requested to opt out of GM cultivation in Europe – but while the Commission says the opt-out clause is necessary for such a complex issue, campaigners are...

Stopping ‘bad karma’ could save palm oil industry millions

Scientists have identified a genetic defect in oil palms, called bad karma, which reduces yields – a finding that could save industry both time and money, they say.

MEPs vote for 'comprehensive' cloning ban

MEPs voted yesterday to ban imports of food from cloned animals and their descendants - but the European Commission has called the amendments 'disproportionate' and even 'legally impossible'.

Greece and Latvia opt out of Monsanto MON810 re-authorisation application

Biotech giant Monsanto has said it will abide by requests from Latvia and Greece to be excluded from its application for re-authorisation of its MON180 maize in the European Union,...

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