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>

05.12.2003 |

GM free Ireland network established

a newly formed network of Irish businesses, farming bodies, Non Governmental Organisations, religious groups and citizens - is urging the Irish Government to reverse its decision to vote in favour of the approval of Syngenta`s genetically modified Bt-11 sweet corn for food and animal feed and to keep seeds free of GMOs.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/">GM-FREEIRELAND</a>

04.12.2003 |

EU Agricultural Committee calls for strict rules on coexistence

An own-initiative report on the co-existence of GM and conventional crops was adopted by the EP's Agriculture Committee on 2 December, demanding low thresholds for 'seed purity' of non-GMO products. The Parliaments plenary will vote on it in January.<a href="http://www.euractiv.com/cgi-bin/cgint.exe/1?204&OIDN=1506777&-tt=">EurActiv.com Portal - News nr 1506777</a>

28.11.2003 |

UK: National Trust declares 248.000 ha GMO free

The National Trust, caring for over 248,000 hectares of beautiful countryside in Great Britain, 600 miles of coastline and 200 buildings and gardens of outstanding interest and importance has adopted a decision not to allow the growing of any GMOs on its land. The Trust will prevent any GM crops from being grown on Trust land by employees of the Trust and including a clause in all farm tenancy agreements, preventing the growing of GM crops by tenants.</p><p><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/nationaltrust/agm/2003/index.html">National Trust AGM 2003</a>

28.11.2003 |

EU conference on risk perception and GMOs

Senior figures from the worlds of politics, science and food will meet in Brussels on 4-5 December for an EU sponsored conference on risk perception. Keynote speakers include Spain's Minister for Agriculture Miguel Arias Cañete, Germany's Minister for Agriculture, Renate KÃ_nast and the European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Byrne.The event incorporates a stakeholder forum on risk perception of genetically modified food.<a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1620-0-RAPID&lg=EN&display=">Commission Press Room</a>

27.11.2003 |

UK: No agreement over co-existence

Britain`s top adviser is unable to provide clear guidelines for the use of GMOs in the UK. The Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission disagreed on key questions but agreed that tough measures would be needed to prevent contamination.</p><p><a href="http://www.aebc.gov.uk/aebc/coexistence_liability.shtml">Press release and Report of the AEBC</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3889824">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3236266.stm">BBC</a></p><p><a href="http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1069493500304">Financial Times</a></p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1093153,00.html">The Guardian</a>

27.11.2003 |

GE Crops increase pesticide use in the US

The planting of GE corn, soybeans and cotton in the United States since 1996 has increased pesticide useby about 50 million pounds, according to a report by the Northwest Science and Environmental Policy Center.The first comprehensive study of the impacts of all major commercial GE crops on pesticide use in the US over the first eight years shows reductions between 96 and 98 and a steep increase over the last 3 years. Especially herbicide tolerant plants account for that increase.</p><p><a href="http://www.biotech-info.net/Technical_Paper_6.pdf">full study (46 pages)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.biotech-info.net/technicalpaper6.html">short description</a>

22.11.2003 |

International Protest on GM Contamination of Mexican Maize

An open letter to Mexican government authorities and intergovernmental bodies was sent by 302 organizations from 56 countries, demanding actions to stop contamination of farmers' maize with DNA from genetically modified (GM) maize, and to prevent any further contamination in the world`s centers of crop diversity and origin.</p><p><a href="http://www.etcgroup.org/article.asp?newsid=417">etc group: open letter and information</a>

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