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ENGA Newsletter No. 19 : April 2024

Dear Readers,

After the AGRIFISH Council failed to find a common position by the end of March - the condition to start the trilogue with the EU Commission and the EU Parliament - we will not have a New GMOs legislation in this legislative period. This is - because of too many unsolved questions - the best result. 

What (French) retailers want is succinctly articulated by Lionel Desencé from Carrefour: The “precautionary principle must apply, and there must be total transparency regarding the marketing of these products, so that our customers can make an informed choice.”

Since the beginning of this year and running until 2027, two research projects for the development of detection methods for New GMOs have been funded by the EU – somewhat ironic given the European Commission's long-standing argument (following industry's narrative) that New GMOs are indistinguishable from conventional plants and therefore detection is not feasible.

It remains for me to congratulate our founding member VLOG (German Association for Food without Genetic Engineering) on its 15th birthday and brilliant sales figures for Non-GMO products and to invite you, dear readers, to our second International Non-GMO summit on October 7 and 8, 2024 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Here you will find the pre-registration link, via the Summit website you can find out more and read about last year’s Summit and, finally, follow the LinkedIn page for updates. 

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Kind regards, 
Heike Moldenhauer
Secretary General

No New GMOs legislation in this legislative period

With stalemate at the EU Council, time has run out in this legislative period for the (de-) regulation on New GMOs. In our article we have the latest developments at the EU institutions and describe the likely next steps. 

11 Million Euros of Funding For Two New GMOs Detection Research Projects

After a long period of rejection, the EU is funding for the first time two new research projects to develop analytical detection methods for New Genomic Techniques. Read our article for more detail on the two different projects. 

"Ohne GenTechnik" seal celebrates 15 years in Germany

The good news from the Non-GMO world in Germany is two-fold, with ENGA founding member VLOG celebrating an important milestone: its 15th anniversary, whilst also releasing record Non-GMO sales data from 2023! 

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