New Testbiotech report examines problems in animal welfare
12 August 2016 / In recent years, Europe has seen an increasingly strong trend towards experiments with genetically engineered animals. And the numbers continue to rise. In Germany, the number of genetically engineered animals used in experiments was around 1 million in 2013. Since 2004, the number of experiments has nearly tripled.
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has made a decision on a complaint filed by Testbiotech. The complaint was directed at the EU Commission and its management of conflicts of interest in publicly funded risk research projects. The EU Ombudsman decided that there was no clear evidence for maladministration at the EU Commission.
According to news agencies, the EU Commissionhas allowed the import of genetically engineered soybeans produced by Bayer and Monsanto. The imported soybeans can be used in food and feed despite unresolved concerns about health risks. These crops can be sprayed with a combination of glyphosate and other herbicides such as dicamba or isoxaflutole. Market authorisation has been issued after massive pressure from industry, which already sold its patented seeds in the US for cultivation and now wants to import the harvest to the EU within the next months.
Insufficient scientific and legal basis for the cultivation and import of genetically engineered plants
18 July 2016 In a letter to the EU Commission, Testbiotech and other organisations argue that there is an insufficient scientific and legal basis to authorise further genetically engineered soybeans that are resistant to glyphosate and other herbicides. Moreover, there has been a fundamental change in the circumstances that allow the cultivation of genetically engineered maize: This is emerging with new alien plant species that are becoming invasive in the EU, and which can cross with maize to spread transgenes into the environment.