Europe as a Centre for Museum Agriculture?

Trade and politicsPublished on 03-02-2016
Dr Julian Little, former Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council

At the end of last year, I was invited to speak at a Knowledge 4 Innovation meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on the subject of Smarter Regulation and […] Read more

Free or freeze EU innovation

Growing Voices StoriesPublished on 24-01-2016
Garlich Von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association (ESA)

2016. Like any New Year, this one as well starts with high expectations and many solemn declarations. Most of them are rather personal and ambitious ones, like […] Read more

Organic farms alone cannot feed the world

Growing Voices StoriesPublished on 04-12-2015
Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience

First published in Rheinische Post, Nov 28, 2015

We need new ideas to ensure food security and tackle climate change.

While the COP21 Climate […] Read more

EU States Opt-Out of Innovation

Growing Voices StoriesPublished on 12-10-2015
Karen Batra, Director of Food and Agriculture Communications at BIO (

A number of international media outlets are reporting on EU member states choosing to opt-out of GMO cultivation.  Using a law signed in March giving countries […] Read more

New Plan: Legal Certainty

Trade and politicsPublished on 15-09-2015
Nathalie Moll, EuropaBio Secretary General

The Commission has told MEPs and ministers that it has no ‘plan B’ if the proposal to enable national bans on the ‘use’ of GMOs is rejected. It […] Read more

Where Is This Soya?

Trade and the consumerPublished on 28-07-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

Have any of you ever heard of the Danube Soya Initiative…? That’s what I thought.

It is Europe’s most significant (and only) attempt to […] Read more

Could Brussels ever ban the banana?

Trade and the consumerPublished on 28-05-2015
Kasia Jasik, communications manager green biotech, EuropaBio

If I were to ask you the question, ‘What is a banana?’ I very much doubt many of you would earnestly answer ‘Well, to me, a banana is a symbol of […] Read more

About tradetalk

GMOs are already an integral part of our daily lives, as Europe benefits from this key enabling technology mainly indirectly through imports. We wear GM cotton clothes, we pay with GM cotton banknotes, and each year European farmers rely on imports of GM soybeans as a key protein source for their farm animals.


Here’s some good food for thought for all European citizens, experts, journalists and decision makers. Our society needs to address the issue of producing more food with less land, as the world population will reach at least 9 billion people by 2050.


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