06.01.2004 |

Monsanto and Pioneer - illegal price fixing for seeds?

Senior executives at the two biggest seed companies in the world, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred met repeatedly in the mid- to late 1990`s and agreed to charge higher prices for genetically modified seeds, according to the New York Times. The NYT also reports that a federal judge now presiding over a price-fixing case involving the Monsanto Company did not disclose to the parties in the case that in 1997 and 1998 he was listed as a lawyer representing Monsanto in a case that covered some of the same issues.</p><p><a href="http://query.nytimes.com/mem/tnt.html?tntget=2004/01/06/business/06SEED.html&tntemail0">NYT: Questions Seen on Seed Prices Set in the 90`s</a>

23.12.2003 |

Public-privat partnership to grow GMOs in developing countries

Background article about the role of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the World Bank in promoting GM crops in developing countries.</p><p><a href="http://194.183.22.90/ips/Tve.nsf/vwTVEbyData/9E53EC0A08466AE1C1256DF2002F403B?OpenDocument">IPS: Biotech Boom Linked to Development Dollars</a>

21.12.2003 |

University of California distributed GM-seeds without knowing

The University of California, Davis, is recalling about 30 tomato seed samples, distributed during the past seven years to research colleagues in the US and abroad, after it found out by accident the seeds were genetically modified.</p><p><a href="http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=6833">UC Davis: Tomato Seed from Seed Bank Found to be Genetically Modified</a></p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12982-2003Dec18.html">Washington Post</a>

18.12.2003 |

European Parliament votes for gmo free seeds, eu wide coexistence and liability and calls for moratorium on GMO approvals

The EP today adopted with a large majority (327:52) a report on the co-existence of GM and non-GM agriculture, which inter alia calls for labelling of GM contamination in seeds at the detection level, eu wide coexistence and liability rules and demands that no approvals for GMO cultivation should be approved until such legislation is in place.</p><p><a href="http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2?PUBREF=-//EP//TEXT+REPORT+A5-2003-0465+0+NOT+XML+V0//EN&LEVEL=2&NAV=S">Report as adopted, in all languages</a></p><p><a href="http://www.euractiv.com/cgi-bin/cgint.exe?204&OIDN=1506888&-tt=en">eurActiv: Parliament wants strict EU-wide rules for co-existence</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news-NG.asp?id=48708">food navigator: EP adopts contentious report</a>

16.12.2003 |

Genetically Modified Maize Confiscated in Italy

Some 1,500 quintals of contaminated grains of transgenic maize were found in a warehouse in Camerino, central Italy, by the Italian Forest Rangers Corps.</p><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=news&doc_id=6806&start=1&control=224&page_start=1&page_nr=101&pg=1">Checkbiotech.org</a>

12.12.2003 |

Brazil delays GM crop bill vote until 2004

Brazil`s government delayed until next year a congressional vote on a bill to regulate genetically modified (GM) crops due to internal disagreement.Meanwhile Monsanto announced it will launch a 2 mio $ campaign aiming at housewifes, mothers and students to improve the image of GMOs in Brazil. And on Dec 11th Brazil`s Supreme Court suspended a law banning the sales and cultivation genetically modified soybeans in Parana state.</p><p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/business/newswire/2003/12/09/rtr1174739.html">Reuters: Brazil delays GM crop bill vote until 2004</a></p><p><a href="http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=aaX.YotSl.wo&refer=latin_america">Supreme Court suspends Parana ban on GMOs</a>

08.12.2003 |

EU GMO-Committee: NO go ahead for GM maize

Represenatives of EU member states failed to agree on whether or not to approve the marketing of Syngenta`s GM maize "bt11" for human consumption. The decision will now be forwarded to the Council of ministers who have 3 month to approve or reject the proposed first approval of a GMO since 1998.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3954361&pageNumber=0">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/">Friends of the Earth press release and backgrounder</a></p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200312/146085341.pdf">USDA attachee report</a>

08.12.2003 |

US health secretary: African AIDS patients must eat GM food

Presenting the United States AIDS relieve programme in Zambia, US Health Secretary Tommy Thompson said Zambia, which rejected genetically altered foods last year, must re-think its decision."It was a wrong decision by the government and I hope they will rethink it. We are going to make more food available to AIDS patients and the government must decide."<a href="http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/5596293.htm">Reuters</a>

05.12.2003 |

Starlink contamination found in 1% of all tested maize in the US

Three years after genetically engineered maize bannedfrom human consumption turned up in taco shells and was pulled from themarket, contaminated grain is still showing up in the nation`s corn supply.A federal testing program found traces of the banished grain, calledStarLink, in more than 1 percent of samples submitted by growers andgrain handlers in the past 12 months, government records show.</p><p><a href=" http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/7386628.htm?">Contaminated grain still showing up in corn suppl</a>

05.12.2003 |

European Food Safety Authority issues positive opinions on GM maizeNK 603

The European Food Safety Authority`s (EFSA) Scientific Panel onGenetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has published today two opinions ongenetically modified (GM) maize NK603. The Panel has concluded that theherbicide-tolerant GM maize NK 603 is as safe as conventional maize.</p><p><a href="http://www.efsa.eu.int/p_gmo_en.html">GMO panels opinions and members</a>

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