Novel foods

Plenary speech by Bart Staes


Novel Foods

Greens won't mess with citizens' health and freedom of choice

Novel food is defined as food that has not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force. For the Greens/EFA, this weak definition should be improved.


GMO authorisation

Syngenta GMO scandal underlines need to overhaul EU authorisation system

According to revelations published today, 6 genetically modified maize varieties that have been authorised for import into the EU carry genetic modifications that were not included in the assessment when the crops were authorised (1). The additional GM traits were only notified to the European Food ...

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GMO authorisations

MEPs vote to send Commission back to drawing board on GMO food and feed opt-outs proposal

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted to reject a proposal by the European Commission for a new scheme under which EU member states could opt out of EU authorisations for genetically-modified food and feed (1). After the vote, Green food safety spokesperson Bart Staes said: ...

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GMO authorisation

Majority of EU member states opt to ban GMO cultivation; Commission must give full support

Tomorrow is the deadline for EU member states to opt-out of EU authorisations for the cultivation of genetically-modified organisms under new EU rules. Ahead of the deadline, the Commission has confirmed that 15 of 28 member states have indicated they will opt-out and more are expected to do so befo...

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For a GMO-free Europe

Information campaign website

GMOs represent a global threat to environment, health, biodiversity and long-term food security. European citizens have a right to a GMO-free environment and food.


Sounds from Science


National Expert Views on GMO Risk Assessment

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) present many risks and uncertainties. However, well-founded scientific comments from national authorities are often neglected during the risk assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority. A close look at unresolved scientific questions is a necessary first step in order to achieve a more democratic and responsible way of dealing with risk technologies.

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Beware what lies beneath

The European Greens do not believe that TTIP represents the kind of transatlantic relationship we need. As it currently stands, TTIP threatens our democracy and risks undermining our hard-won regulation and standards in a host of sectors.

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Food culture

Join the food revolution

Food is essential. We need it for our lives, health and well being. Good food is political. Join us in our fight for increased public awareness, personal engagement and participative democracy in determining and improving food policies throughout Europe.

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Prospects for the EU dairy sector

Greens call for stronger proposals to reform milk production in the EU

The EU's milk quota regime ended on 31 March 2015 after 30 years of production limits for milk farmers and dairy processing industries.


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Issue n°13 June 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Full ban on cloned animals in food approved by MEPs Circular economy package: Cross-party majority calls for a new ambitious proposal including sustainable food aspects FOOD FOR THOUGHT New Navdanya Films: 'The living seeds' and 'The living s...


Organic food and farming

Driving force towards paradigm change for our broken food system

The promotion of organic food and farming has been one of the European Greens’ core values since entering the European Parliament in 1984.