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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.

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,...

Germany moves to ban genetically modified crops

Germany has begun moves ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.

GM crops ban would undermine Scotland’s food industry, groups warn

A ban on genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland would seriously undermine the nation’s food and drink industry, warn nearly 30 leading organisations.

87% of consumers globally think non-GMO is ‘healthier’. But where’s the evidence?

A large consumer study* from market researcher Health Focus International spanning 16 major consumer markets includes this pretty jaw-dropping statistic: 87% of consumers globally think non-GMO foods are ‘somewhat’, or...

Scotland to ban GM crops: ‘GM would damage our clean, green brand’

Genetically modified (GM) crops will not be allowed in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced.

Bread companies should drop glyphosate, says Soil Association

Consumers must pressure retailers and manufacturers to ensure bread does not contain glyphosate, says the Soil Association – but all traces are below safe limits, insists industry.

Future food: Big data, better stories, and the importance of how eight-year-olds think

“If you can understand how an eight-year-old thinks, you are a long way toward understanding a transformative change in consumer behaviour,” says futurist Mike Walsh, who gave the keynote address at...

Big issues and even bigger stakes: the importance of transparency and good communication

From GM to junk food, many food industry issues go beyond the realm of the industry itself – they shape, and are shaped by, our world view says one expert at IFT. So...

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in Europe – but why?

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in European countries – but unlike the US, EU legislation requires all food containing above trace levels of GM to be labelled. So is there even a need for...

Ukraine and Russia to be Europe’s GM springboard

Ukraine and Russia are likely to become the bridgehead for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the rest of Europe, according to the ceo of the French agricultural...

GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up by a disgruntled employee, it was revealed last...

Quiz: Are you sustainable sourcing savvy?

How clued up are you on all the issues surrounding sustainable sourcing - and how closely have you been reading FoodNavigator?Take our quiz and find out! (Need to revise a little...

New Séralini study questions legitimacy of GM safety data

The validity of safety tests for commercial pesticides and genetically modified foods has been called into question, after French researchers found control diets and historical diet data contained GM materials...

Think TTIP won’t affect your business? Think again…

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will affect every European food company – for better or worse – according to a trade law expert at DWF LLP.

The Better Regulation Package - will consumer protection be bettered or battered?

The European Commission is calling its Better Regulation initiative 'radical and different' - but consumer groups say power is being handed over to big businesses and that consumers will suffer...

EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups

EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June – a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations....

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