Getting EU risk assessment for protecting environment and health to achieve its legal objectives. Escaping reductionist fallacies


A series of three webinars organised by the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) Thursdays 17 and 24 September and 1 October 2020 16:00 – 17:30 Central European Summer Time   European regulatory systems are often portrayed as some of …

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Broadening the GMO risk assessment in the EU for genome editing technologies in agriculture


By Katharina Kawall, Janet Cotter & Christoph Then Environmental Sciences Europe volume 32, Article number: 106 (2020)   Abstract Genome editing techniques, especially the CRISPR/Cas technology, increase the possibilities and the speed of altering genetic material in organisms. So-called genome editing is increasingly being …

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GMO regulations and their interpretation: how EFSA’s guidance on risk assessments of GMOs is bound to fail


The article “GMO regulations and their interpretation: how EFSA’s guidance on risk assessments of GMOs is bound to fail” by Angelika Hilbeck, Hartmut Meyer, Brian Wynne & Erik Millstone, published in Environmental Sciences Europe volume 32, Article number: 54 (2020) may be viewed here …

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Risk assessment of genetically engineered plants that can persist and propagate in the environment


Risk assessment of genetically engineered plants that can persist and propagate in the environment. By Andreas Bauer-Panskus, Katharina Kawall, Juliana Miyazaki, Christoph Then AND: Rendering of the sustainable pulse.


Insufficient risk assessment of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered soybeans intended for import into the EU


By: Juliana Miyazaki, Andreas Bauer-Panskus, Thomas Bøhn, Wolfram Reichenbecher & Christoph Then Published: Environmental Sciences Europe volume 31, Article number: 92 (2019) DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-019-0274-1   Abstract The introduction of herbicide-tolerant (HT) genetically engineered (GE) soybeans has raised new challenges for the European risk assessment …

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Paper: EFSA’s toxicological assessment of aspartame: was it even-handedly trying to identify possible unreliable positives and unreliable negatives?


A new paper of Erik Millstone et al. has been published in Archives of Public Health. A copy of the paper is attached below, along with copies of two appendices.   A dossier of supporting documentation is available. The paper and appendices are available on …

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Report on ENSSER side events at 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and 9th Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (COPMOP9) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB)


Side events at 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and 9th Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (COPMOP9) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) 18 – 21 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt …

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Report – Gene-edited organisms in agriculture: risks and unexpected consequences


In recent years, there has been much discussion of how gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR, can broaden the scope of genetic engineering in agriculture. However, it’s becoming clear that gene editing techniques are error prone. This new report from Friends of the Earth …

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Conference “Science in the Eye of the Storm”, Berlin, September 10-11 2014


 PROGRAM and DOCUMENTATION – please find below the final program of the conference including speakers’ presentations – Opening of conference and setting the stage Speaker: Angelika Hilbeck (ENSSER / ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Plenary symposium I Development towards sustainability – local, regional, global Chairs: Michael …

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Conference Documentation Published: Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research and Holistic Analysis


Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research and Holistic Analysis   This conference took place in the wake of the 6th meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-6)  2012.  View the full documenation of the conference View the program …

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Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research and Holistic Analysis


This conference took place in the wake of the 6th meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-6) from 01-05 Oct 2012. ENSSER was represented at the MOP-6 convening 2 side events.   Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research …

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Congress on Risks for Public Health & the Environment


Time for Convergence in European Technology Assessment and Risk Assessment May 16-18, 2012 – Madrid/Spain – Complutense University Co-organisers: ENSSER, EEA, Fundación Vivosano/Health Defense Organisation, Cátedra Universidad-Empresa-Sindicato: Trabajo, Ambiente y Salud   May 16 (13:30) – Opening Prof. Emilio Mínguez Torres, Vice-Rector, Technical University …

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How much insecticide do Bt plants actually produce? New publication shows inadequacies in risk assessment


PR 02/11  How much insecticide do Bt plants actually produce? New publication shows inadequacies in risk assessment Munich 21 November 2011. A new publication by an international research consortium has revealed several inadequacies in current approaches to risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. The …

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ENSSER Comments on the EFSA Draft Guidance on the Risk Assessment of Food and Feed from Genetically Modified Animals


 30 Sep 2011 – The current “Draft Guidance on the risk assessment of food and feed from genetically modified animals including animal health and welfare aspects published by EFSA on August 10, 2011 is based on risk assessment concepts that do not take into …

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