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Sir, Regarding ‘Controversy mounts over EU biofuels fall-out‘: The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats), worried that the increase of biofuel cropping systems may lead to cultivation escapes of invasive taxa with subsequent negative effects on native biological diversity, adopted advice… » read more

A troubling thought: are the pro-innovation policy wonks talking to the cost-containment pencil pushers? Doing the rounds of innovation conferences in Brussels, it’s clear that a huge section of the EU’s political and industry machinery is convinced we need to be more innovative. The logic will be familiar to most: we can’t compete with Asia’s… » read more

Repenser les procédures d’autorisation des variétés transgéniques en Europe est un impératif, tant d’un point de vue scientifique que démocratique. Ces procédures doivent garantir une évaluation indépendante et rigoureusedes dossiers, associer les citoyens aux prises de décisions à travers un processus aussi transparent que possible et permettre le recours à des clauses de sauvegarde tant… » read more

Rethinking the authorization procedures of trans-genetic varieties in Europe is imperative, both from a scientific and a democratic perspective. These procedures need to guarantee a rigorous independent evaluation of files, involve citizens in decision-making throughout a process that is as transparent as possible and which gives recourse to both national and regional safeguard clauses. Without… » read more

Oh dear. As if the debate on nanotechnology were not complex enough, it now seems companies are quietly burying references to nanomaterials contained in consumer produts. Until recently, branding something as containing ‘nanotechnology’ was seen as a plus – a marketing boost. Now though, a new patterns is emerging. Consumer groups in Norway, the UK… » read more

Nous proposons que l’Union européenne légifère pour interdire tout brevet sur le vivant. Elle doit aussi obliger les industries à informer, de façon transparente, sur les manipulations génétiques utilisées. Aujourd’hui, le Certificat d’Obtention Végétale (COV) entretient une opacité malsaine car il protège les inventions et les découvertes sans donner aucune information sur les méthodes de… » read more

En prélevant gratuitement ses ressources phytogénétiques dans les champs des paysans et en confisquant la totalité des semences commercialisables, l’industrie a accumulé une immense dette envers des milliards de paysans. Elle a aussi déclenché une alarmante érosion de la biodiversité. La compensation de cette dette et la réparation de cette atteinte à l’environnement passent par… » read more

In freely acquiring all of its plant genetic resources from the fields of farmers and confiscating all marketable seeds, the industries became greatly indebted to billions of farmers. This process also set in motion an alarming erosion of biodiversity. The repaying of this debt and compensation for this environmental injury should come in the form… » read more

BVMed goes Brussels

Last night I attended BVMed’s well attended debate looking at the German medical technology sector in times of the economic crisis. The debate was hosted by the permanent representation of the German Federal State of North Rhine Westfalia. Member of the European Parliament, Dr Peter Liese, was one of the speakers. He welcomed BVMed’s initiative… » read more

From 23 – 25 March 2009, the Drug Information Association (DIA) held its annual EuroMeeting in Berlin. During the presentation by Richard Moore, Institute of Nanotechnology, I learned that prescription drugs prove to be ineffective in 30% – 60% of patients(1) and that 16% of the drugs approved in the USA are linked to severe… » read more

Over 2000 scientists attended the Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen on March 10th to 12th this year. After 3 days of numerous keynote speeches and presentation as well as 58 parallel sessions, the event closed with the understanding that urgent action is needed – now. The leading scientists at the congress shall issue an Executive… » read more

ManuFuture, the European technology platform on future manufacturing technologies, last week decided to set up a new industry-led R&D association – “European Factories of the Future Research Association” (EFFRA) – that will engage into a public private partnership in the area of R&D with the European Commission. The European Technology Platform involves key stakeholders across… » read more

On Tuesday, 17 March 2009 I attended the Health First Europe round table on patient safety and healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in the European Parliament. The session was co-hosted by MEPs Liz Lynne and Amalia Sartori. The presentation by Dr Carl Suetens from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) presented some interesting… » read more

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