The trade in genetically modified feed is of crucial importance to the UK agriculture sector, as it is across the EU. It is estimated that around 90 percent of all soybeans imported to the EU are GM varities.
As the UK leaves the EU it is vitally important that this trade is maintained, to ensure certainty for the UK livestock sector. The UK should also carefully consider the opportunities for boosting agri-tech in the UK through future trade deals.
Currently all genetically modified crops (GMOs) go through a strict pre-market authorisation system before being put on the EU market either as part of imported agricultural commodities harvested outside the EU, or as seeds for cultivation in the EU. To find out more about the EU process, please see the EuropaBio website.
Watch: Opportunities for agricultural biotechnology in the UK
This animation highlights the potential of the agricultural biotechnology sector to boost jobs, exports and the wider economy post-Brexit. This can be realised by building on the existing strength of the UK’s science base and pursuing more proportionate, science-based regulation of agricultural biotechnology. Acknowledging the existing requirement for GM products in the UK food chain, and the level of research into plant science in UK labs.21-02-2018 REPORTS
Cultivating the Future: How can 20 years of GM debate inform UK farm policy?
Cultivating the Future is a series of essays authored by leading plant scientists, academics, trade bodies and politicians, celebrating numerous breakthroughs in plant technology and pioneering new approaches to food and farming since the first commercialisation of GM crops over 20 years ago. [...]28-04-2017 FACTSHEETS/INFOGRAPHICS
EU Member States and GMOs
What they say and what they do.01-04-2016 FACTSHEETS/INFOGRAPHICS
GMO import bans would cost Europe dearly
Quantifying the economic damage that GM import bans would cause to EU & MSs16-10-2015 FACTSHEETS/INFOGRAPHICS
The benefits of GMO trade25-06-2015 VIDEOS
"Europe à la carte?": Best of video
Participants of EuropaBio conference discuss EU's dependency on GM imports, how the EC proposal to allow national bans could affect trade the internal market27-05-2015 VIDEOS
VIDEO: GMO Imports: modifying the genetics of the internal market?
Video includes interviews with Beat Späth (EuropaBio), IFOAM-EU (organic sector) and Canadian ambassador, all suggesting national import bans make no sense!07-05-2015 VIDEOS
The Journey of Mr. Maize to the EU
How do EU policies and procedures, including risk assessment, on biotech crops impact trade and the EU economy, including EU livestock farmers?02-07-2012 VIDEOS
Bureaucratic Barriers to Biotech
Despite past scientific successes, Europe is losing out on innovation. This is hurting innovation in agriculture and leading to a brain drain of scientists leaving the continent.
U.S. ag groups press EU on 13 pending biotech approvals 13-02-2015
A look at Europe and GM crops 27-01-2015
Europe has just taken a big step backwards: the FORBIDDEN products that we don’t plant, but do import and EAT 24-07-2014
COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC highly critical of the EC's lack of decision concerning vital food and feed import 02-07-2014
Ireland’s faces grain shortage as future imports in limbo
The GMOinfo website is a pan-European initiative supported EuropaBio and partners from across Europe, to provide factual information about GMOs to Europeans in their own language. The GMOinfo.eu page is operated by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (abc) in partnership with EuropaBio.
For additional information on GMOs in a European context, please visit the EuropaBio website at www.europabio.org.
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