16.10.2003 |

Americans unsure about GM foods

Even as awareness of genetically modified (GM) foods remains low among US consumers, general support for GM crops is falling in the US while opposition stifles in the UK. An overview on public perception in the US and the UK in the latest "Scientist".</p><p><a href="http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20031015/04">The Scientist: Americans unsure about GM foods</a>

16.10.2003 |

Brazilian 2nd biggest soybean state prohibits GM planting

The State Congress of Parana approved Oct. 14 a law which forbids the planting,commercialization and processing of GE soya in the State ofParana until December 31, 2006. It also prohibits to export GE soya produced inother Brazilian States and/or other countries through the ports ofParanagua and Antonina. "The State Assembly voted in favor of Parana State. That is whatwe expected. Becoming GE free we are also becoming free fromthose who intended, and who still intend, to put Parana farmersinto the trap that GE seeds represent", said Roberto Requiao,governor of Parana.</p><p><a href="http://www3.pr.gov.br/e-parana/">homepage of the government of parana with press release of the Governor</a></p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200310/145986266.pdf">USDA Analysis of the interim Brazilian law to allow growing of GM soybeans in certain regions</a>

16.10.2003 |

Monsanto withdraws from European cereals business

Monsanto, the huge American biotechnology company which has pioneered GM crops, is withdrawing from many of its European operations and laying off 7 to 9 percent of its global workforce.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=453822">Independent</a></p><p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto/layout/media/03/10-15-03.asp">Monsanto Company Reports Financial Results For Periods Ended Aug. 31, 2003</a>

15.10.2003 |

Germany: Farmers call upon government to guarantee gm free seeds

tractors and food delivery trucks crowed the Brandenburg gate in Berlin on Wednesday at a demonstration for gmo free seeds. A broad coalition of farmers, consumers, environmentalists, trade unions and church organisations published an open letter to the German government demanding to stop the EU Commissions GM-Seed-Directive and establish strict purity laws instead.</p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/de/frame.php?page=demo_15_10">pictures of the demonstration</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/de/frame.php?page=kasten_unten_aktuell">Open letter in German</a>

15.10.2003 |

EU Commissioner: US firms "tried to lie" over GM crops

"They tried to lie to people, and they tried to force it upon people. It`s the wrong approach. You cannot force it upon Europe. So I hope they have learnt a lesson from this, especially when they now try to argue that this will solve the problems of starvation in the world and so on. But come on ... it was to solve starvation amongst shareholders, not the developing world," the EUs Commissioner for the environment, Margot Walström told journalists in London.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=453124">News</a>

14.10.2003 |

UK revises conditions for GMO trials, will publish results

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced new, more stringent conditions for future GM crop trials, following the discovery of impurities in GM material at farm-scale evaluation sites . The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) was asked to review the regulations for GM crop research trials. ACRE has recommended a number of additional conditions for future trials. The government has accepted all of ACRE`s recommendations. The results of the farm-scale trial will be presented on October 16th.</p><p><a href="http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2003/gmreports.htm">DEFRA: UK agricultural ministries press release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/acre/advice/pdf/acre_advice37.pdf">ACRE Review of the GM Inspection and Enforcement Regime</a></p><p><a href="http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/gm/fse/background/rationale.htm">DEFRA: background information on farm scale trials</a>

14.10.2003 |

massive GM contamination found in native Mexican maize

A coalition of local farming groups in Mexico has commissioned tests of native Mexican varieties and found devastating results. The analysis were carried out on 2,000 plants (in 411 groups of samples), from 138 farming and indigenous communities. In 33 communities (24% of total samples) from nine states, the tests found some presence of transgenes in native corn, including Bayers "Starlink" corn, which is banned and has been recalled in the US in 2000. The results show percentages of contamination that run from 1.5% to 33.3%, in a second round of analysis. Mexico is the only centre of origin of maize world wide.</p><p><a href="http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/NR_Maize_10_03ENG3.pdf">press release and summary of results</a></p><p><a href="http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/maizerage.pdf">ETC group: Maize Rage in MexicoGM maize contamination in Mexico - 2 years later</a>

13.10.2003 |

UK: DEFRA publishes studies on outcrossing and persistence of GMO

Four scientific studies, not related to the UK farm-scale GM trials, have been published by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs. One of them shows that rape seed pollen can travel up to 26 kilometers.</p><p><a href="http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2003/031013b.htm">Defra, UK: News releases 2003:GM RESEARCH REPORTS PUBLISHED</a>

13.10.2003 |

UK field trials - validity of test under question

GM maize appeared to perfom better than conventional maize growing environmentally at UK field trials over the past 3 years, according to UK government studies, while rape seed and beet did not. However the GM maize only appeared to perform well because the herbicide used on the conventional crop was the particularly hazardous atrazine. Last week it was banned by the EU under its Plant Protection Products Directive.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=452418">Independent: Flaw in crop trials destroys government case for GM</a>

12.10.2003 |

Pharm-crops: How french Meristem introduces lipase-maize

500 hector of a special maize, producing the basic protein for a cystic fibrosis drug could be enough to produce the world supply needed. The french mdedical company Meristem Therapeutics is looking fr save ways to accomplish that without contamination and without leaving a single maize-corn on the fileds.</p><p><a href="http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/Stories/0,1413,164%7E8305%7E1690420,00.html#">Fort Morgan Times</a>

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