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Kathleen Garnett “…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason.” Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis… » read more

  Posted by EU Perspectives

  Dear Kumi, I know you are a person who wishes to portray a resolute strength of character, whether it is in your friendship with Nelson Mandela or your struggle against apartheid (from Oxford) or your taking over the leadership of Greenpeace at this important turning point in the organisation’s history. But history will judge… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  From the time I was young, I was taught that labelling was bad. It was a means to restrict, pigeon-hole and limit someone or something. Labels were stigmatising and undesired. At the same time, labels were informative – it helped those intellectually challenged (most of us) to understand and take decisions (and for risk… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

If I were to ask you the question, ‘What is a banana?’ I very much doubt many of you would earnestly answer ‘Well, to me, a banana is a symbol of political freedom in Europe’. I even doubt any of you would even respond that a banana is a luxury food. Today, in Western Europe… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

For more than 44 years, it has been impossible for Americans to enjoy haggis. No, we didn’t know that either. Go figure. But it turns out that our friends across the pond have banned “The great chieftain of the pudding race.”

  Posted by Heard in Europe

by Jos Dings, director of Transport & Environment April 2015 will enter history as the month in which the EU reversed course on its energy policies in transport. It adopted its long-mooted reform of biofuels policy – especially regarding indirect land-use change (ILUC). The practical implications in the next years may not be so big.… » read more

  Posted by Transport & Environment

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

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  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

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Guest post by Zuzana Stratilová from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Biotrin. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use, especially in agriculture and food industry, remain a controversial topic in the EU. Opinions of different member states are highly polarized. On the one hand, there are member states which… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

  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

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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