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When an industry lobbies to defend its market or interest, that is a normal part of the policy dialogue mechanism. When an industry lobbies to undermine trust in its competition, then we should have serious ethical questions about how that industry monitors its practices. When an industry knowingly spreads lies, or encourages others to do… » read more

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  There are many interpretations of precaution used in policy debates today. But how is it that environmentalists can switch from one incantation to another without realising that they are contradicting other issues that they themselves are campaigning on. The Risk-Monger has never hidden his views that the precautionary principle is a tool used to… » read more

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This spring the European Union launched a special consultation project dedicated to exploring the potential of science and innovation in ensuring a safe, sufficient, nutritious and sustainable food not only in Europe, but all over the world. This topic is closely related to the theme of this year’s Universal Exhibition called Expo Milano 2015 with… » read more

  Posted by wzory

  May is parade month in Brussels, but one cannot help but already notice the impressive parade of stupid marching through this town, and nowhere more can this be better exemplified than in the activism surrounding bee health and neonicotinoid pesticides. For much of the last four years, campaigners have been falling over themselves using… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Recent attacks on environmental NGO activists by government officials have left many to conclude that environmentalism should be criminalised. The Risk-Monger finds this just a tad too harsh, and on the occasion of Earth Day, thought he should come to the defence of his green friends. Although I agree we should not act or design… » read more

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Dear Dr Flüh Congratulations on your appointment as acting director responsible for bee-health in DG Santé. Your predecessor who had campaigned long and hard against the chemical and biotech industries, and had refused any semblance of dialogue, unfortunately has left you in a very difficult position with very little room for compromise on the neonicotinoid temporary… » read more

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On the 5th of February, 2015, spokespeople for the European cereal, vegetable oil and animal feed importers, labelled the EU’s “missing GM authorisations” a ticking bomb. But let’s face it; few people heard that news at breakfast time. The still fresh Greek election result, attempts to renegotiate Greek debt obligations, and the declining value of […]

A glimmer in the tunnel

              Guest blog post by Professor Vivian Moses, Chairman of CropGen and visiting professor of biotechnology at King’s College and of biology at University College. One of those dubious classic EU “compromises” was approved by the European Parliament last week in Brussels. While the responsibility for approving the cultivation of […]

By Kathleen Garnett Ever since the first boff in a lab profited from fiddling around with the genetic make-up of plants European agriculture has been at the mercy of the big corporations. Not unlike the pests GMO products are said to repel the bio-tech industry has been swarming all over the treasure chest that is European […]