How do agribusiness corporations impact decisions on our food system?
At a press conference in the European Parliament on 28 November, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and Corinne Lepage MEP strongly denounced the decision of the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology to de-publish his study on the health impacts of Monsanto's GM maize NK603 - made tolerant to herbicide Roundup - and of Roundup itself. The study was published over a year ago.
Vote for the Public Eye Awards 2014. Corporate Europe Observatory supports the nomination of bee-killer multinational companies Syngenta, Bayer and BASF, because of their products' terrible impact on bees and ecosystems and their aggressive lobbying and greenwash campaign to deny it.
An open letter to the European Parliament
One of the last hot topics in the European Parliament before the 2014 elections is a new set of rules on seeds marketing. This text is extremely important for all players in the food chain: seed savers, farmers and the seed industry of course, but also environmentalists, consumers and the agro-industry at large. The European Parliament has appointed a rapporteur on the issue, Italian MEP Sergio Silvestris (EPP) who is now co-hosting a dinner event with the European Seed Association (ESA), the seed industry's lobby group in Brussels.
New report shows over half of the 209 scientists sitting on the EU food safety agency's panels have direct or indirect ties with the industries they are meant to regulate.
In this open letter CEO warns against a corporate attack on the precautionary principle. It asks Mrs Anne Glover to stick to her transparency commitments and request the industry to publish in full some toxicologic studies which are of crucial importance for public health.
EFSA's Transparency Initiative, Position of : APSODA, Cancer Prevention and Education Society, ClientEarth, Corporate Europe Observatory, Earth Open Source, European Environmental Bureau, Firab, Friends of the Earth Europe, GMWatch, GIET, Inf'OGM, PAN Europe, TestBiotech
Food crops used to fuel cars are pushing up food prices and displacing production to elsewhere, with serious social and environmental consequences; yet fierce lobbying by the agrofuels industry is diluting and undermining any action taken, as the European Parliament's disappointing recent vote on the topic demonstrated.
As the European Parliament this week plans to vote on the Commission's proposed amendments to its agrofuels policy, we look at the range of lobby strategies the industry is employing against the amendments, from front groups and trips abroad for MEPs to scientific disinformation.
For the first time in their history, European institutions will reform the entire package of legislation related to seed marketing. Since seeds are the starting point for the whole human food chain, this is hugely significant. From the very start of the process this policy initiative has been an unique opportunity for large seed companies to reinforce their control over a commercial seed supply system that they already largely dominate.
At the end of June, the European Union and the US will officially launch negotiations for a new free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The plan is to create the world's largest free trade area, 'protect' investment and harmonize regulation. While appealing to big business, the trade treaty poses a serious threat for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, as it could weaken labour, social, environmental and consumer protection standards.
To: Commissioner T. Borg
Cc: Commissioners D. Ciolos, J. Potočnik, Secretary General of the Commission C. Day
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