Organisations urge German government to set higher ethical standards
In an open letter, several organisations urge the German government to take action against the rise in the number of animal experiments with genetically engineered animals. The letter was drawn up collectively by the Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche e.V., Bund gegen Missbrauch der Tiere, Jane Goodall Institute Germany, Gen-ethisches Netzwerk, Gesellschaft für ökologische Forschung, Menschen für Tierrechte – Bundesverband der Tierversuchsgegner, No Patents on Life!, TASSO e.V., Testbiotech and the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation.
Nine applications still remain
1 July 2014. Although an EU Commission decision on the cultivation of genetically engineered maize 1507 has been expected for several months, it has still not been published. In the meantime, new information has become available indicating that the biotech industry is pulling out of the cultivation of transgenic crops in the EU. According to Testbiotech investigations, US companies have just recently quietly withdrawn four EU applications for the cultivation genetically engineered plants.
German government urged to take action to stop the flow of transgenes into the environment
In a letter addressed to the German government, ten organisations are warning that genetically modified rapeseed could spread uncontrollably throughout the EU. The letter voices concern about a current European Food Safety Authority EFSA opinion, which argues in favour of an EU import approval for Monsanto's rapeseed MON88302. The glyphosate-resistant plant is to be imported in the form of viable seeds and, in Europe, will only be processed into feed.