MEPs issue urgent call for new EU GMO rules

MEPs issue urgent call for new EU GMO rules

The genetically modified organisms (GMO) debate has raged for years, and is one of the more controversial issues Parliament has had to deal with. Last year, MEPs voted against granting member states the right to prohibit or restrict the sale of GMO food on their territory, meaning it is up to the European Commission to authorise GMOs. However, it has come under fire for the lack of transparency of the authorisation process, and been accused of pandering to lobbyists.

Friday, 26 February 2016 Written by: Eleonora Evi Stuart Agnew Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, February, Latest news, 2016, Newsroom, Eleonora Evi, Stuart Agnew

China to open cloning factory to produce more cattle

China to open cloning factory to produce more cattle

China is planning to open a 'cloning factory' which will aim to produce one million calves and other animals a year, including family pets.The £21m plant is backed by Chinese and South Korean biotechnology firms and will include cloning laboratories and a gene bank, Chinese news agencies reported.It will be based in the northern port of Tianjin and begin production next year, with an initial capacity of 100,00 cattle embryos a year, eventually raising to 1 million."Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand," said Boyalife chairman Xu Xiaochun.The European Parliament recently beefed up the Commission's initial proposals to ban animal cloning.

Friday, 27 November 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, Giulia Moi, November

Cloning for food: MEPs vote on plans to ban the practice

Cloning for food: MEPs vote on plans to ban the practice

Should cloning for food be banned because of animal welfare concerns? On Tuesday 8 September MEPs debate and vote on amendments to a European Commission proposal to ban the cloning of farm animals in the EU. The MEPs in charge of steering the plans through Parliament support the ban, but want to add provisions on the offspring of cloned animals and the marketing of their products coming from countries outside the EU.

Monday, 07 September 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, September, Giulia Moi