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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.

IFOAM: Organic must innovate to break out of niche status

Organic sales are growing but the sector remains niche with market share in single figures, says one industry group – but innovative practice and partnerships could change this.

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Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er,...

EU proposes TTIP amendments following backlash

As MEPs prepare to discuss proposed amendments to TTIP’s investor principle in Riga next week, the European Commission says that most of the controversy springs from ‘common misconceptions’.

'We must stop TTIP lie’, says Foodwatch director

The TTIP trade agreement pitches European legislative sovereignty against the workings of “free trade liars,” says the director of NGO Foodwatch Thilo Bode.

The end of stevia’s natural reign – or the beginning of a new one?

By producing stevia through fermentation and solvent-based extraction the industry risks losing its most promising natural sweetener - but this may create a new market for new niche stevia products,...

The end of stevia’s natural reign – or the beginning of a new one?

By producing stevia through fermentation and solvent-based extraction the industry risks losing its most promising natural sweetener - but this may create a new market for new niche stevia products,...

The end of stevia’s natural reign – or the beginning of a new one?

By producing stevia through fermentation and solvent-based extraction the industry risks losing its most promising natural sweetener - but this may create a new market for new niche stevia products,...

EFSA GM guidance may require more data from biotech firms

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may ask firms for more data on GM crop safety in applications for reauthorisation required after ten years, which experts say could lead to...

News in brief

Member states back national bans for GM crops

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will...

Eco-friendly innovation will shape the future of the food industry

New technologies and innovative ingredients are likely to structurally change the food supply chain in the near future, says a report by Rabobank.

Gene discovery may block GM ‘contamination’ worries

A newly identified gene could block genetically modified crops from cross-contaminating conventional crops, say researchers.

EFSA must revise its conflict of interest rules: European Ombudsman

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been told to revise its conflict of interest rules, after the European Ombudsman received complaints that GM working group members failed to provide full...

Certification to assure soy-free sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe has introduced a certification programme to confirm that sunflower lecithin does not contain traces of soy.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

TTIP will not impact GM labelling in Europe, says Agriculture Commissioner

Products containing genetically modified ingredients will still be required to be labelled as such in the future, despite fears that protection standards could suffer because of new trade agreements.

Could national decisions on biotech allow more GM crop cultivation?

The European Parliament has voted to allow national bans on GM crops, but this could actually encourage more GM varieties to be cultivated in Europe, claims UK organic advocacy group...

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw...

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers...

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Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops

The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at...

‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

Juncked: Outcry over scrapping of scientific adviser role

Scientists have condemned Juncker’s decision to axe the role of Chief Scientific Adviser in the new European Commission.

GM regulations hold back innovation, say UK researchers

Current European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops could hold back crop innovation needed to ensure food security, claims a UK government-funded research body.

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

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.