7 September 2023, 15–18h, European Parliament, Brussels
Hosted by the Greens/EFA group, the 10th GMO-Free Europe Conference will take place on Thursday 7th of September (15-18h) at the European Parliament, in room Paul-Henri Spaak 7C50. Interpretation provided in FR, DE, IT, ES and PL.
The European Union is on the verge of a paradigm shift regarding its approach towards the so-called new genetic engineering in agriculture. In July 2023, the European Commission presented its legislative proposal on New Genomic Techniques. The proposal foresees that some genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their products would no longer be labelled, traceable and individually risk-assessed.
As the Council and the European Parliament start working on this proposal, at the GMO Free Europe conference we will examine and discuss its potential impact on environmental protection, agricultural practices, food markets, farmers and consumers rights. We invite politicians, scientists, farmers, NGOs, businesses and institutions to join this exchange of views. You can register here.
Benny Haerlin, Save Our Seeds, Moderator
Sarah Wiener, MEP
Leonore Gewessler, Environment Minister Austria
Anka Dobslaw, Environment Sec. of State Lower Saxony
Short and diverse contributions from regions of Europe
PANEL 1 – A new narrative about GMOs – science and precaution
Ricarda Steinbrecher, ENSSER
Margret Engelhard, BfN, Germany
Christophe Clergeau, MEP
Magda Stoczkiewicz, Greenpeace, European Unit
Pat Thomas, “Beyond GM / A bigger conversation”
PANEL 2 – Transparency: labelling and traceability
Michelle Habets, Rathenau Institute
Erica Ollson, organic farmer from Sweden
Tilly Metz, MEP
PANEL 3 – Impact on food and agricultural systems
Corinne Lepage, former Minister and MEP, France
Bernard Lignon, IFOAM Organics Europe, Synabio
Martin Häusling, MEP
Isabel Sommer, Swiss GMO Free Alliance