Last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the public is entitled to information on how pesticides and insecticides damage the environment: This particular ruling related to the weed-killer glyphosate (Roundup) and the insecticide imidacloprid.
A symposium on “20 years of GMOs in agriculture – risks and alternative approaches” was held recently at the Eventforum Berne. Scientists, politicians and individuals from the private sector came together to discuss the current state of knowledge. In some cases, opinions on the opportunities, benefits and risks differed.
Hopes were high for genetically modified crops: higher yields, fewer pesticides, more robust plants. Detailed research by the New York Times (NYT) in the US and Canada has found that gene technology is not living up to its promise in those countries.
One year on from the adoption of Agenda 2030 with its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, there is now evidence that concrete steps are being taken to implement them. This includes the need to free some 800 million people from hunger and at its 43rd annual session, the Committee on World Global Food Security (CFS) discussed potential support for countries seeking to achieve this aim. Biovision used the opportunity to present an effective approach using specific examples from Kenya.