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>

12.09.2003 |

European Parliament hearing on co-existence: Many unknowns

The Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Thursday titled "Co-existence between genetically modified crops and conventional and organic crops". The hearing was part of the ongoing debate on the difficulties of separating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from conventional crops in food and animal feed.</p><p><a href="http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2?PUBREF=-//EP//TEXT+PRESS+NR-20030912-1+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&L=EN&LEVEL=2&NAV=X&LSTDOC=N#SECTION1" target = "blank">EP News Report : 12-09-2003</a></p><p><a href="http://www.europarl.eu.int/hearings/default_en.htm" target = "blank">Presentation of the experts on Agri-Committee homepage</a></p><p><a href="http://dbs.cordis.lu/cgi-bin/srchidadb?CALLER=NHP_EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=EN_RCN_ID:20889" target = "Blank">CORDIS: News service</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gentechnik.gv.at/scripts/depot3/gentechnik/meldungen/20030912APA0342.txt">APA: Koexistenz von GVO und traditionellem Landbau dürfte teuer werden</a>

11.09.2003 |

Biosafety Protocol enters into force

On Thursday 11th September the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety entered into force. It provides international rules for the transboundary movement of GMOs and enshrines the precautionary principle, including the right of countries to refuse the import of GMOs. The major GMO producer, the USA, however has not signed or ratified the treaty. The first meeting is of the parties, which are 59 states by now, is scheduled for February 23-27 2004.</p><p><a href="http://www.biodiv.org/doc/press/pk-bs-01.asp" target = "blank">Press kit of the Biosafety Secretariat</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guestfr.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1236%7C0%7CRAPID&lg=EN&display=" target = "blank">EU Press Release</a>

10.09.2003 |

UK government commission cannot agree on co-existence with GMO, citizens juries call for moratorium

Tony Blair`s hopes of advancing the cause of GM technology are set to be dealt a significant blow because an independent commission of advisers cannot agree how to grow genetically modified plants alongside conventional varieties, writes the Financial Times. Two citizens juries meanwhile published their recommendations on the issue and called for continuation of the present moratorium.</p><p><a href="http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059479726992" target = "blank">Financial Times: UK faces big setback over GM crop rules</a></p><p><a href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/content.phtml?ref=1063031063" target = "Blank">Citizens Juries press releases</a>

09.09.2003 |

European Court upholds Italian ban of Monsanto`s GMO

The European Court of justice ruled in a case of Italy vs. Monsanto that the country could ban EU approved GMOs but had to produce evidence of risk. Both sides claimed victory. The case now goes back to an Italian court.</p><p><a href="http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=aNysxHPEoeRs&refer=europe" target = "blank">Bloomberg</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gene.ch/genet/2003/Sep/msg00036.html" target = "blank">ECJ press release and Reuters via GENET</a>

05.09.2003 |

EU Commission presents new Seed Directive

The EU commission today presented a new Seed Directive for the "adventitious and technically unavoidable presence of genetically modified seeds in seed-lots of non-genetically modified varieties", which proposes allowable contamination levels of GMOs in conventional and organic seeds between 0,3 and 0,7 percent. The Directive is supposed to be adopted by a technical "Standing Committee on Seeds", which will discuss it on September 22nd and may adopt it in October.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/seed_directive_2003_en.pdf" target = "blank">New Seed Directive proposal in English</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/seed_directive_2003_de.pdf" target = "blank">Neuer Saatgut-Richtlinien-Entwurf in Deutsch</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/saveourseeds/downloads/seed_directive_2003_fr.pdf" target = "blank">nouvelle proposition de la Directive en francaise</a>

04.09.2003 |

Monsanto pays costs for removing GMO from organic field in Canada

A Saskatchewan farmer, who found GM oilseed rape volunteers in his non-oilseed field will keep his certification if the GMOs are removed. In this case Monsanto sent a team to remove the plants. However organic farmers had to give up oilseed (canola) production due to GM contamination and sue Monsanto about this.</p><p><a href="http://www.producer.com/articles/20030904/news/20030904news14.html">Western Producer - Organic grower will keep certification - September 4, 2003 edition</a>

02.09.2003 |

EU Commission rejects gmo free Upper Austria

The European Commission today dismissed a draft law of the Austrian Regio of Upper Austria, which prohibits the planting of GMOs for 3 years. According to Commissioner Margot Wallstrom this would be in breach of the Common Market.

27.08.2003 |

US: Farmers struggle with keeping GM corn separated

As some of the GM maize varieties grown in the US are not approved in countries of export (EU, Japan...) farmers in the corn belt struggle with keeping this GM harvest out of the export chain.</p><p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2003-08-25-biotech-crops_x.htm" target = "_blank" >USATODAY.com - Industry struggles with handling of biotech crops</a>

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