EU Commission discussion paper leaked
3 April 2023 / Testbiotech has criticized an EU Commission services discussion paper which has been leaked to the public. The paper outlines criteria that might be applied in the deregulation of plants derived from methods of new genetic engineering (New GE or NGTs). It compares genetic alterations caused by the processes of New GE to those known from previous methods of conventional breeding and random mutagenesis.
New Testbiotech report
22 March 2023 / The introduction of transgenic plants into agriculture around 30 years ago was accompanied by many promises of benefits and high expectations, most of which have either not or only partially been realised. At the same time, there have been hardly any systematic or independent studies to objectively assess the actual impact of the transgenic plants on agriculture.
Plans for releases of transgenic mosquitoes are based on flawed data
17 March 2023 / The Target Malaria consortium has for several years been planning to conduct field trials using genetically engineered mosquitoes in Burkina Faso. The aim is to transfer artificial gene constructs, i. e. the so-called ‘X-shredder’, into wild populations of the mosquitoes. This gene construct is meant to reduce the number of female offspring, and thus bring about a decline in the overall population of mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) known to transmit malaria.
Former EuropaBio Communications manager now works as Media and Communications adviser for DG Environment
16 February 2023 / A communications officer previously employed by EuropaBio now acts as Media and Communications Adviser in the Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment. Therefore, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Testbiotech, in a joint letter to the Commission, raise concerns about this new case of ‘revolving doors’ between biotech industry and EU institutions.