23.10.2003 |

UK: Co-op goes GM free

Co-op UK which comprises farming (34.000 ha), food production and supermarkets with an annunal income aorund 5,5 billion Euro has announced a fully integrated and strict non GMO policy for its entire operation. Co-ops chief executive said: "On the strength of current scientific knowledge and the overwhelming opposition of our members, the Co-op is saying no to commercial growing of GM crops in the UK.And we would urge other consumer-led businesses to follow this precautionary approach." The groups move is likely to put pressure on other supermarket groups to eliminate GM ingredients from their food produce.<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3209424.stm">BBC NEWS - Business - Co-op goes GM-free</a><br><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3686054">Reuters: European Supermarkets wary about carrying GMO food</a>

22.10.2003 |

Brasilian State of Parana stops 800 GM-soy trucks

The Brazilian state of Parana, which last week declared itself a transgenics-free territory, is holding some 800 trucks - some of them from Paraguay - carrying genetically modified soy, its government said Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.zawya.com/printstory.cfm?storyid=295u0812&Section=Markets&page=Commodities&l=004000031023">Bloomberg: Brazilian state impounds cargos of transgenic soy</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3697665&pageNumber=0">Reuters: Brazil battle over biotech soy threatens top export</a>

21.10.2003 |

EU Commission submits plan and timing to overcome GMO moratorium

In an information note to the permanent representatives of the member states the EU Commission unveils the different steps and their timing to re-start approving the commercialisation of GMOs within the coming months. The plan will be discussed at a meeting of the representatives on Wednesday in Brussels. The first authorisation is planned for either Nov 10 or December 12th.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/eu_com_gmo_20_10_03.pdf">EU Commission: Information note on forthcoming decisions on GMOs and GM food, feed and seed</a>

21.10.2003 |

Time to choose?

According to "Nature" latest editions editorial "for the past few years, there has been one forecast that scientific soothsayers have been able to rely on: that controversy will rage over genetically modified (GM) crops. So to say that agribiotech is now in for a volatile time might seem like an empty prediction. But there are good reasons to believe that the fight over GM crops is coming to a head."<a href="http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v425/n6959/full/425655a_fs.html">Nature 425, 655 (16 October 2003): Time to choose</a>

21.10.2003 |

EuroCommerce calls for strict purity criteria for GM contamination of seeds

The EU Commission and the Member States are currently discussing within the Standing Committee on Seeds the proposal for a Directive regarding the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in seeds. EuroCommerce, the European trade representation of the Retail, Wholesale and International Trade, is concerned that the proposed thresholds for seed lots will lead to growing contamination of the whole of the food and feed supply chain and therefore will considerably reduce the freedom of choice available to consumers between GM and non-GM food.</p><p><a href="http://www.eurocommerce.be/index.jsp?ptp=tDetail.jsp&pci=952&pti=88&psk=01">EuroCommerce press release</a>

20.10.2003 |

Regulations on GM food and feed and traceability published

The new regulations on genetically modified food and feed and on labelling and traceabilty of such food and feed, which had been agreed by the Parliament and the Council in July this year, have now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. They will enter into force on November 7th 2003 and must be implemented by all companies in April 2004 the latest.</p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/archive/2003/l_26820031018en.html">Official Journal L 268 available in all languages of the EU</a>

20.10.2003 |

UK ministers reconsider their support for EU Seed Directive

Up to 600 million GM crop plants could grow in Britain annually under plans drawn up by the European Commission to be considered next week.The plans would in effect bring in GM agriculture by the back door, and seriously compromise organic farming across Europe. They could lead to European farmers growing more than six billion genetically modified crop plants every year, without realising it.British ministers will decide this week whether to back the plan at the meeting, and their verdict could be decisive. Britain has so far supported it - but ministers are now reassessing their position in the light of accumulating evidence about the hazards of GM crops.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=454870">Up to 600 million GM plants could be grown in Britain every year</a>

20.10.2003 |

UK: No support from the public. No evidence. No case for GM

There have been striking similarities between the way the Government has handled the unfolding Iraq crisis and the controversy over genetically modified crops. In each case deeply unpopular policies have been zealously pursued by Tony Blair. The difference between GM and Iraq is that, following last week`s unfavourable verdict on the GM crop trials, the truth has emerged before major damage has been done, writes the Independent.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=454811">Independent on Sunday focus on GMOs</a></p><p><a href="http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=454758">Michael Meacher: Science backs consumers' rejection of GM food - are you listening Tony?"</a>

17.10.2003 |

US GMO companies violate safety rules frequently

U.S. biotech companies and research universities have violated federal regulations on planting experimental genetically modified crops more than a hundred times in the last decade, the US Agriculture Department disclosed.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3639316">Reuters: USDA reports 115 infractions of U.S. biotech rules</a>

17.10.2003 |

Independent: Proven: the environmental dangers that may halt GM revolution

<a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=454200">Independent: Proven: the environmental dangers that may halt GM revolution</a>

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