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ENGA Newsletter No. 08 : December 2022

Dear Readers,

A clear commitment against deregulation was made by the German Social Democrats, the chancellor’s party, after a parliamentary expert hearing on 28 November 2022: “As SPD parliamentary group, we are guided by the precautionary principle: a strict authorisation procedure and compulsory labelling must apply to new genetic engineering. We are committed to ensuring that the food industry can continue to offer GMO-free food and that farmers can continue to produce GMO-free.” 

This message would have been applauded by most of the participants of the GMO-free Europe event in the European Parliament, organised by IFOAM Organics Europe and hosted by the Green Group/EFA on 17 November, as our report sums up.

At EU level, a new regulation which aims to stop deforestation has just been agreed. As far as deforestation-free soy is concerned, “gold standards”, like those from ENGA members Donau Soja and the ProTerra Foundation, already exist: Their Non-GMO, sustainable soy comes with the guarantee that it’s deforestation- and conversion-free

In an interview ENGA’s new member Lampert explains why it is committed to Non-GMO production, what the future holds for Non-GMO and why it became a member. 

The website for the International Non-GMO Summit 2023, (9-10 May) in Frankfurt/Main in Germany, has been launched. The Summit will bring together producers and traders from South America and Europe and will be a great exchange opportunity for all partners within the Non-GMO value chain. Find out the program details here.

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Please feel free to inform your partners and networks about the work and goals of ENGA, and to increase our strength on the European market and towards the European regulatory bodies by having as many business platforms and companies as possible join our cause Membership Benefits.

Finally, ENGA wishes its members, partners and friends greetings of the season and all the very best for 2023! 

Kind regards,
Heike Moldenhauer
Secretary General

Non-GMO Summit 2023 Website Live

The website of the International Non-GMO Summit 2023 is live! The Summit, taking place 9-10 May, in Frankfurt/Main in Germany, will be co-hosted by ENGA and key partners. Check out the programme, (provisional) speakers and all the info on the Summit website and don't miss out on the opportunity to join key players in the international Non-GMO market.

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Non-GMO and Deforestation-free go hand-in-hand

As the EU brings in new deforestation-free regulation, food producers need to urgently consider how they are going to ensure that their supply chains are free from commodities grown on land which has been deforested. Going deforestation-free is a step towards sustainable and environmentally friendly agri-food systems. Our article explains how "gold standard” sustainable Non-GMO programs are ensuring both Non-GMO and deforestation-free. 

GMO-Free Conference in the European Parliament, Brussels

On 17 November, a GMO-Free Europe conference took place in the European Parliament, Brussels. Given the high level of political attention on the topic of New Genomic Techniques, following the European Commission’s recent announcement of its Work Plan for 2023 and the inclusion of new legislation, the event attracted politicians and stakeholders from civil society, agriculture and the retail sector. Read on for our summary of the event. 

Interview with New ENGA Member: Lampert

What challenges are on the horizon for the Non-GMO food sector? Why join ENGA and what are the benefits? These are some of the questions we pose to new ENGA member, Lampert. Read on to find our their answers.

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