Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Farming News .




FARM NEWS
European Parliament votes pollen is part of honey
by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) Jan 15, 2014


After years of wrangling and a ruling by the EU's top court, the European Parliament agreed Wednesday that pollen is a constituent of honey and not an added ingredient.

The distinction may seem arcane but it has important implications for the industry since it determines how honey jars are labelled when it comes to levels of pollen from genetically modified plants.

Purity is a key selling point for honey and a label warning consumers it contained GMO pollen might deter buyers anxious to avoid foods that have been genetically altered.

Lawmakers voted 430 for and 224 against to define "pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient," said a Parliament statement.

"This means that GM pollen has to be labelled if it makes up more than 0.9 percent of the honey" by volume under current EU rules on GMO content, it said.

However, the statement noted that since normally pollen content never tops 0.5 percent, "it would never exceed the labelling threshold."

In 2011, the European Court of Justice ruled that pollen was an ingredient in honey and therefore would need to be listed as such in labelling.

In the case of an ingredient, the 0.9 percent GMO threshold applies to the total pollen rather than the total honey.

The EU imports about 40 percent of its honey, with half coming from Latin American countries such as Argentina and Mexico where GMO maize and other crops are common.

Green groups criticised the vote as helping promote GMO crops at the expense of beekeepers and consumers who want purity above all in their honey.

The Commission, the EU's executive arm, "must not underestimate the problem of GMOs; producers in Latin America, Canada and China should be forced to carry a GMO label," Hungarian Socialist MEP Csabal Sandor Tabajadi said.

British Conservative Jilie Girling, who steered the proposal through parliament, said it was unrealistic to expect producers to do so and would be an additional burden on them.

The proposal now goes forward for discussion with individual member states who will determine its final form.

.


Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





FARM NEWS
Geography has impact on grapevine moth's success in French vineyards
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Jan 13, 2014
'Location, location, location' is an adage also true for the European grapevine moth, it seems. Research led by Fanny Vogelweith of the Universite de Bourgogne and INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine in France has shown that these pests are better adapted and more successful in certain French wine-growing regions than in others, because of the variety of grape on which they occur and the abundance of their ... read more


FARM NEWS
Charles River Analytics Develops Satellite Image Processing System for NASA

Earth may be heaver than thought due to invisible belt of dark matter

More BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies

China's HD observation satellite opens its eyes

FARM NEWS
GPS Traffic Maps for Leatherback Turtles Show Hotspots to Prevent Accidental Fishing Deaths

China to upgrade homegrown GPS to improve accuracy

Beidou to cover world by 2020 with 30 satellites

Obama bans construction of GLONASS stations in US without Pentagon's approval

FARM NEWS
Microbe community changes may reduce Amazon's ability to lock up carbon dioxide

Iconic Australasian trees found as fossils in South America

Long-term overstory and understory change following logging and fire exclusion in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest

Brazil moves to evict invaders from Amazon's Awa lands

FARM NEWS
NREL Finds a New Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by a Fast-eating Enzyme

More to biofuel production than yield

Inexpensive technique could drive down costs of biofuel production

York scientists' significant step forward in biofuels quest

FARM NEWS
Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Ascent Solar To Build CIGS Production Plant In Jiangsu

GS Hong Kong Solar Opens CIGS Plant In China

ConnecTables Solar Charging Stations Offer Sustainable Charging Solution

FARM NEWS
German wind farm operator Prokon warns of imminent insolvency

China to Power Ahead as Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Market Leader for Foreseeable Future

Wind Turbines Begin Providing Renewable Energy at Honda Transmission Plant in Ohio

Researchers Find Ways To Minimize Power Grid Disruptions From Wind Power

FARM NEWS
Goldman Sachs pulls out from Pacific coal export project

Colombia stops Drummond coal shipments over environmental row

China coal mine accidents kill 1,049 in 2013: govt

Australia gives environmental nod to $5.7 bln coal project

FARM NEWS
China mother left homeless by 17-yr hunt for kidnapped son

China's Xi vows to root out 'dirty' corruption: Xinhua

China Nobel winner's wife in rare video appearance

China jails doctor found guilty of stealing babies




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement