18.11.2003 |

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force in the EU

With the publication of the EUs Regulation (EC) No 1946/2003 on transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety becomes law within the EU on November 25th. The new rules lay down strict labeling and consent rules for GMOs exported from the EU. The Regulation provides that the export of GMO material from the EU is only possible forauthorized GMOs and with the explicit permission of the importing country. Exporters must comply with the importing countries legislation in this area, even if it goes beyond the requirements of the Cartagena Protocol and that the precautionary principle must be respected.</p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/archive/2003/l_28720031105en.html">Regulation in Official Journal of the EU</a></p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200311/145986790.pdf">Excerpts of the key provision of the regulation, USDA report</a>

10.11.2003 |

EU Postpones Decision on GMO approval

After a contentious debate, the European Union has put off decision that would allow Syngentas genetically modified sweetcorn Bt11 for human and animal consumption. It would have been the first GMO to be be approved since 1998. "A fierce discussion took place today," said the Commission spokesman, who briefed reporters about the debate that took place in an EU specialist committee.</p><p><a href="http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1430_A_1026559_1_A,00.html">EU Postpones Decision on Allowing GM Foods Deutsche Welle 10.11.2003</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/reuters_10_11_03.pdf">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news.asp?id=8733">Background, Food Navigator - GMO authorisations the state of play</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/eu_approval_scheme.pdf">Background: EU GMO approval scheme</a>

07.11.2003 |

EU Committee votes on GMO approval

Representatives of the EU 15 member states meet on Monday 10th November to discuss whether to approve a genetically modified (GM) sweetcorn variety (Syngentas Bt11, for consumption only), despite continued consumer scepticism about the controversial technology.If they vote 'yes' for the first time in five years, the EU`s unofficial blockade on new GM imports would formally end.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3776104">Reuters EU prepares for test vote on five-year GMO ban</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/gp_bt11_oct_2003.pdf">Greenpeace technical dossier on Bt 11</a></p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=461997">Independent: Britain to vote for Bt11 approval</a>

07.11.2003 |

Bayer GM canola contaminates wheat fields

GM canola plants were discovered in a conventional wheat crop near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.NSW Agriculture investigators are deciding whether to destroy a trial being run by Bayer CropScience after the flowering plants were found in a buffer zone containing the wheat. Leaked departmental documents show attempts to control the escaped canola with pesticides were unsuccessful and trial workers had to try to remove the plants by hand.</p><p><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/06/1068013332179.html">Call for more safeguards as GM canola crop found in wheat - www.smh.com.au</a>

05.11.2003 |

EU sets possible dates for vote on GMO moratorium

The European Union`s unofficial five-year ban on most GM products is facing a key challenge with an upcoming test vote on authorising imports of genetically modified sweet corn, documents showed on Tuesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3749714">Reuters</a>

05.11.2003 |

Upper-Austria will appeal EU commissions verdict against GMO free zones

The government of Upper-Austria announced that it will appeal the EU Commissions decision against its law to ban GMO growing.<br /><a href="http://dbs.cordis.lu/cgi-bin/srchidadb?CALLER=NHP_EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:21159">CORDIS: News service</a>

03.11.2003 |

Canadian Growers Warn UK Farmers of GMO Crop Risks

Canadian farmers with first hand experience growing genetically modified (GMO) crops say the technology will damage the organic food sector and leave fields strewn with `super weeds' grown from stray, leftover seeds.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3743928">Reuters</a>

03.11.2003 |

GMO free Malta?

The Green Party of Malta wants to keep the island GMO free. A spokesman said 'Malta must withstand any pressure from the US, the EU and the seed companies to give in and open the door to genetically modified crops.'<a href="http://www.independent.com.mt/daily/newsview.asp?id=21906">The Malta Independent Daily Website</a>

01.11.2003 |

BEUC demands clean seeds and fair co-existence

The European Consumers Bureau, representing 36 consumer organisations within the EU and accession countries has published a position paper on the co-existence of GMO and non-GMO products and agriculture. BEUC believes that strict non-gmo production "can only be achieved when the GM contamination of the input - in this case the seed - is minimal, i.e. 0.1% or the detection limit (technically "0")."><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/beuc_position_31_10_03.pdf">BEUC position paper</a>

23.10.2003 |

EU-Commission gives in on GM Seed Directive

As the EU Commission today informed the permanent representatives of the Council, it has changed its legal assessment and now accepts that the proposed Directive on labelling GMOs in seeds can only be adopted by a qualified majority of member states within the Standing Committee responsible for deliberate releases of GMOs into the environment (Directive 2001/18). Until now the Commission intended to push through the GM Seeds Directive under a technical procedure in the Standing Committee on Seeds, where it would have been adopted unless a qualified majority of member states voted against it. The FT calls it a U-turn on modified seeds.The Save our Seeds Initiative today celebrates an important success, but the contamination thresholds proposed by the Commission still remain unchanged.</p><p><a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid=753&e=9&u=/nm/20031023/sc_nm/environment_eu_gmo_dc">Reuters - EU Rethinks Strategy on Agreeing Gene Seed Rules</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/zsl_20_10_en.pdf">Save our Seeds press release</a>

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