GE maize combining insecticidal toxins, herbicide resistance and supposedly drought-tolerant might be approved for import into the EU
5 October 2019 / The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has given the green light for the import of Bayer (Monsanto) GE maize which produces several insecticides; it has multiple resistance to glyphosate and is said to be drought-tolerant. However, experience with the cultivation of the GE crop plants is disappointing: they do not show any advantages in comparison to conventionally bred maize when grown in drought conditions.
Oxitec hiding behind questionable statements
26 September 2019 / Oxitec is casting doubt on a recently published scientific paper reporting the uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Brazil. The company is saying that only about five percent of the insects would have survived, and there are no indications that they would spread in future. In addition, they say there is no evidence to show that the transgenes have actually spread with the mosquitoes which survived the trials. However, the claims made by Oxitec are scientifically unconvincing.
Today, the European Court of Justice published the decision on a legal case filed by Testbiotech together with the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) and the environmental organisation Sambucus (C-82/17 P). The organisations are concerned about the risks connected with genetically engineered soybeans produced by Monsanto (Bayer) and sold under the brand name “Intacta”. According to the decision of the Court, the risks of the genetically engineered soybeans have been investigated sufficiently before they were allowed for import.
According to a new scientific publication, genetically engineered mosquitoes produced by Oxitec (Intrexon) have escaped human control after trials in Brazil. They are now spreading in the environment. The yellow fever mosquitos (Aedes aegypti) are genetically engineered to make it impossible for their offspring to survive. After release they were supposed to mate with female mosquitos of the species which are transmitting infectious diseases, such as Dengue fever, to diminish the natural populations.