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Genetically Modified Organisms: Is the European Commission Putting Big Business Before Environment?

While Europe’s environment ministers are set to discuss for the first time the deregulation of a new generation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Friends of the Earth Europe has presented a new investigation on what it says truly lies beneath big agribusiness corporations’ push for EU deregulation of new GMOs

The briefing claims to debunk the notion that the new generation of GMOs is just an easy and cheap solution to speed up progress in plant breeding techniques. In reality, new GMOs are driven by big agribusiness firms to increase their control over the food and farming sector. Some key take-aways:

Big agribusiness and biotech corporations are currently pushing for the European Commission to remove any labelling and safety checks for new genomic techniques (NGT). In addition to keeping farmers and consumers in the dark as to what they are growing and eating, it would also help them minimise their costs. Since the beginning of their lobbying efforts, in 2018, top agribusiness and biotech corporations.

• Spent at least €36.599.932 lobbying the European Union.

• Had 182 meetings with European Commissioners, their cabinets and director generals. That’s more than one meeting a week.