11.10.2003 |

Study heightens fears over GM superweeds

Cross-pollination between GM plants and their wild relatives is inevitable and could create hybrid superweeds resistant to the most powerful weedkillers, according a study in the UK.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=451733">News</a>

06.10.2003 |

UK government rethinks GMO position

The British government, Europe`s most outspoken GMO advocate, is rethinking it`s stance on allowing GM planting after a summer of setbacks. A Cabinet Office report concluded in July that it could detect no benefits for consumers or the country. Days later a group led by the Government`s chief scientist, Sir David King, said it would be impossible to grow modified crops without their genes escaping, raising the possibility of future health risks.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=450143">Independent: Government prepares to back down over GM crops</a></p><p><a href="http://www.agbios.com/main.php?action=ShowNewsItem&id=4856">IPS: Britain Set To Seal Future of GM in Europe</a></p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1053886,00.html">The Guardian: GM crops fail key trials amid environment fear</a>

04.10.2003 |

No GM seed sales in Brazil / Lula defends decision

Although Brazil last week authorized the planting of GM soy until the end of the year and the sale of GM soy crops until end-2004, the government has not given the green light to sell or import GM soy seed in Brazil. Farmers can only plant the previously illegal GM seed stocks now in their hands.President Lula defended the partial legalisation of GM growing: "There were two options: either we prohibited GM soy and ordered the police to set fire to it -- which would have been a horrible picture in a country suffering from hunger -- or we could ... create a situation that would allow its sale."The Economist concludes: "Brazilian farmers will embrace genetically modified crops, unless European consumers pay them not to".</p><p><a href="http://www.agriculture.com/worldwide/IDS/2003-09-29T210928Z_01_N29219157_RTRIDST_0_FOOD-BRAZIL-GM-SOY.html" target = "blank">Reuters: Brazil seen short of GM soy seed for 2-3 years</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3548515">President Lula on GM soybeans</a></p><p><a href="http://www.economist.co.uk/world/la/displayStory.cfm?story_id=2102001" target = "blank">The Economist: An amber light for agri-business</a>

02.10.2003 |

Byrne wants first new GMO in EU approved this year, defends GM Seed Directive

For two GMOs, Syngenta's BT 11 sweet maize and Monsanto's GA21 maize the EU is ready to propose approval as soon as possible. "It is possible that the Syngenta product could be considered by the relevant regulatory committee before the end of the year," the Commissioner for consumer protection told EU lawmakers on Thursday. However he will require consent of the regulatory committee of the member states. Byrne also defended his proposed Seed Directive to allow for GM contamination in conventional seeds by claiming there was already some GM seed contamination and the EU was too dependent on seed imports.<a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=SPEECH/03/442§0§RAPID&lg=EN" target="blank">Commissioner Byrnes distributed speech in the EP environment committee</a><br><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3546592" target="blank">Reuters: EU may start to lift GMO ban before year-end</a>

30.09.2003 |

EU Commission publishes Q&As on GMOs in seeds

The EU Commission has pubished some questions and answers defending their proposal to establish contamination thresholds for GMOs in seeds. Also available in French, German and Italian.<a href=" http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/03/186&format=HTML&aged=0&language=DE&guiLanguage=en ">EU-Commission: Questions and Answers about GMOs in seeds</a>

29.09.2003 |

Agricultural ministers discuss GM coexistence and get bags of clean seeds

The EU Council of Agricultural Minister today discusses the issue of coexistence between GM and non GM agriculture. Greenpeace this morning handed over bags of clean seeds to ministers arriving and demanded a strict purity standard for non GM seeds.</p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/eu_council_29_09_03.pdf" target = "Blank">Detailed report on the discussion in the Agricultural Council</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/gp_30_09_03.pdf" target = "Blank">PR: Greenpeace requests Agriculture Ministers to save our seeds from contamination with GMOs</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/gp_pics_29_09_03.pdf" target = "Blank">pictures of Ag Ministers and "Save our Seed" action</a>

26.09.2003 |

Brazil legalises GM soy growing for next season

Vice President José Alencar, standing in for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who is visiting the United States, Cuba and Mexico, on Thursday signed a decree allowing for GM soy planting next season under restricted conditions. Opponents anounced they would challenge the decree in court. The decree requires labelling, liability and payment of patent fees and aims to control the illegal planting of GM soybeans in southern areas of Brazil. It also requires an environmental impact assessment and is only valid for the next planting season.</p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/brazil_law_26_09_03_en.pdf" target = "Blank">The Brazilian interim decree onplanting GM soybeans in 2003/04</a></p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1049852,00.html" target = "blank">The Guardian: Brazil agrees to grow GM crops</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/nyt_brazil_25_09_03.pdf" target = "Blank">NYT: Brazil to lift Ban</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/brazil_law_26_09_03.pdf" target = "Blank">Text of the decree in Portuguese</a>

24.09.2003 |

UK public says "no" to GM crops

This was the overwhelming conclusion from a report on this year`s government-sponsored national dialogue, GM Nation - published on Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://uk.news.yahoo.com/030924/80/e9a74.html" target="blank">Reuters: Public says "no" to GM crops</a></p><p><a href="http://zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/UK_GMNation_FinalReport.pdf" target = "Blank">GM NATION the findings of the public debate, Final Report</a>

22.09.2003 |

EU Committee on Seeds discusses GM-contamination thresholds

Today representatives of the European Unions member states discuss in the "Standing Committee on seeds" The Eu Commissions proposal to introduce labelling thresholds for GMOs in non-modified Seed varieties. The Committee is supposed to vote on the proposed Directive in October.</p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/directive.html">Draft Seed Directive and SOS analysis</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/gp_22_09_03.pdf" target = "blank">Greenpeace media advisory</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2003/GR_19_sept_seed.htm" target = "blank">Friends of the Earth press release: A recipe for desaster</a></p><p><a href="http://www.oeko.de/bereiche/gentech/newslet/english.html" target="blank">Eco-Institut special report on Seed purity</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/news/semences_22_09_03.txt">Pas encore de decision sur la presence fortuite d'OGM dans les semences</a>

14.09.2003 |

Greenpeace stops GM loaded US vessel in Mexico

One day after the International Biosafety Protocol entering into force Greenpeace activists stopped a shipment of 40.000 tons of US maize at the Mexican harbor of Veracruz, not too far from Cancun.</p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/multimedia/download/1/313508/2/anchor_chain.jpg">picture from the action</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org.mx/php/gp.php" target = "blank">Greenpeace Mexico - en espanol</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/news/SHIP WITH GE CONTAMINATED CORN IS ESCORTED BACK TO VERACRUZ BY MEXICAN NAVY.txt">Greenpeace press releases chronology</a>

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