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19 September 2012

Brussels, September 19 – Hundreds of people gathered today in Brussels to call for radical changes to food and farming policy in Europe.

Farmers, citizens, and young people from more than 20 European countries took part in the final day of the Good Food March [1] and brought their demands for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) directly to those responsible for its reform.

The CAP is currently being debated by decision-makers in Brussels, including, for the first time, the European Parliament.

19 September 2012

Brussels, 19 September – New peer-reviewed research published today calls into question the safety of genetically modified crops and the herbicides used on them.

Rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) maize, called NK603, over a two year period, showed significantly increased rates of cancer and deaths. [1]

18 September 2012

European politicians today acknowledged some of the unambiguous risks of shale gas extraction in Europe, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. However, despite mounting evidence of the negative local, regional and global impacts of fracking on the environment and human health and gaps in regulation, today's vote in the European Parliament's committee working on Industry, Research and Energy shows the continued promotion of shale gas development in Europe.

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