In September 2009 genetically engineered plants returned to life like supposedly extinct monsters from a movie: Herbicide tolerant Flax CDC-FLØØ1-2 (FP967), more commonly named Triffid, was found in the European markets. All of its seeds were thought to have been destroyed in 2001. Nevertheless the genetically engineered crop popped up in food products in Germany and other countries in the EU, from where shipments were sent in regions also outside the EU.
Munich, 22.10.2009 In a media release released on 21 of October 2009, the international coalition No Patents on Seeds warns about increasing monpolisation of plants, animals, seeds and food. Similar the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, raised concerns that seed patents might increase food crises.
Straßburg and Munich. - The experts at Testbiotech are for the first time going public with their new risk assessment concept for transgenic plants. Their report reveals a lack of safety testing in the risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. Safety testing needs to be updated to reflect current research standards. Testbiotech calls for the introduction of crash tests for genetically engineered plants.