26.08.2003 |

Greenpeace & FOE: GM crops in Spain don't deliver promises,but harm farmers and environment

A study published today by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace concludes that the growing of GM crops in Spain is causing contamination of organic crops, producing low yields and its benefits are grossly overstated. The report is also highly critical of the Spanish Government for failing to properly control or monitor the situation. [1]Spain is the only country in the European Union where GM crops are grown at a commercial scale. Around 25,000 hectares are planted with a genetically modified corn variety (called Bt176) of Syngenta.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2003/GR_26_August_failing.htm" target="blank">Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/espana_es/news/details?item_id=305056" target="blank">Los transgénicos no benefician a los agricultores</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/multimedia/download/1/305096/0/Spain_GMmaize.pdf" target="blank">Full Report in English</a></p><p><a href="http://www.pressrelations.de/index.cfm?start_url=http%3A//www.pressrelations.de/search/release.cfm%3Fr%3D132184%26style%3D" target="blank">Greenpeace: Syngenta pflanzt in Spanien Gentech-Mais ohne Rücksicht auf Gesetz, Umwelt und Bevölkerung</a>

25.08.2003 |

Blair forced to scale back his plan to introduce GM farming

Tony Blair is drastically scaling down his plans to introduce GM farming in Britain in the wake of the Hutton inquiry, the Independent on Sunday writes.Senior officials at the centre of the issue concede that the Prime Minister has accepted that it would be politically 'too risky' to force through widespread commercial planting of GM crops in the teeth of public opposition.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=436640&host=3&dir=58" target="blank">The Independent on Sunday</a>:

24.08.2003 |

UK: Ministerial inquiry on pressure on critical scientists

Some of Britain`s most senior scientists are being investigated in an inquiry whether opponents of genetically modified food have been bullied to soften their stance.Growing concern that Government-appointed experts have come under pressure from pro-GM peers to toe a bio-tech line has led Tony Blair to appoint Nigel Griffiths, the Minister for small business, to investigate.</p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,2763,1028518,00.html">Guardian Probe into 'bullying' of GM panel scientists</a>

19.08.2003 |

Public radio debate on GMOs: 21. August

Per Pinstrup Andersen, former director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Adrian Bebb of Friends of the Earth will discuss the question: Is genetically modified food the answer to the problem of world hunger, or is "Frankenstein Food" - as some of its opponents like to call it - likely to serve up more problems than it solves?" You can participate via phone, mail and sms.</p><p><a href="http://www.rnw.nl/amsterdamforum/">Amsterdam Forum</a>

19.08.2003 |

Mexico: Greenpeace stops train with US-GMO maize

Greenpeace activists stopped a trainload of US maize at the vorder to Mexico in Rio Grande. "The latest scientific analysis shows that one third of US maize entering Mexico is contaminated with GE varieties from Monsanto. Mexico is the centre of diversity of maize, one of the world`s three most important food crops and it`s at serious risk from GE contamination."<a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/news/details?item_id=302714">Greenpeace Action</a>

19.08.2003 |

Fischler criticises Italian zero tolerance on GM seeds

EU farm commissioner Franz Fischler on Sunday criticised Italy for being out of step with European Union policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).'Italy`s zero tolerance as far as contamination of wheat with genetically modified organisms is concerned, is not in keeping with the position of the European Commission,' Fischler said, referring to the EU`s executive body.</p><p><a href="http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/030817172130.42n981va">EU Business - EU aide slams Italy`s zero tolerance for GMO seeds</a>:

19.08.2003 |

WTO: US vs. Europe on GM moratorium

Update: The US has now formally requested panels for the GM moratorium case against the European Union and the EUhas rejected the request (which they can do just once). This means that if the US, Canadaand Argentina don't back off, panels will automatically be set up from 29 Augustand the whole case would go through the WTO system which could take some 18months. The GE industry, some farmers organisations and US congress members areputting a lot of pressure on the US administration to expand the complaint toinclude the new labeling and traceability rules. WTOrules however would require toopen a new case on this.<a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1165§0§RAPID&lg=EN&display=">EU Commission Press Communique (eng, fr, d) 18th Aug</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/2003_05_01_news_archiv.html#200283119">background on the WTO case</a>

19.08.2003 |

74% of Australian Farmers don't want to plant GMOs

In the first public survey of farmers' attitudes toward GM crops, Biotechnology Australia found 74 per cent of 500 people quizzed said they would not consider growing genetically altered crops at this stage.Forty nine per cent said they were generally opposed to GM crops, while 23 per cent said they were supportive while another 17 per cent answered neither.</p><p><a href="http://news.ninemsn.com.au/Sci_Tech/story_35883.asp">Farmers say no to GM crops in survey</a>

19.08.2003 |

Gene Flow Common, But Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Raise New Concerns About Age-Old Phenomena

Washington, DC- Gene flow is not unique to genetically modified crops (GM), but the possible spread of transgenic DNA to wild and domesticated relatives raises a new set of issues for scientists and policymakers to consider, according to a new issue brief released today by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology.The brief, titled "Have Transgenes, Will Travel: Issues Raised by Gene Flow From Genetically Engineered Crops," summarizes the ecological and economic concerns experts mention when considering what could happen if novel traits from transgenic crops spread to other populations.<a href="http://pewagbiotech.org/resources/issuebriefs/geneflow.pdf">PEW Initiative briefing on gene flow</a>

19.08.2003 |

Brazil: Judge waives ban on GM soybeans but environment minister blocks sales

A year long court ban to plant Monsantos Roundup Ready soybeans has been waived by a single judge of an appellate court. The minister of environment pointed out, that no GMO could be marketed without a proper environmental impact assessment, which was still missing for Monsantos beans. This comes at a moment when the Lula government is preparing new legislation on GMOs.</p><p><a href="http://www.hirehealth.com/ci/servlet/com.ci.news.DisplayNews?NEWS_ID=243645">IPS: ENVIRONMENT-BRAZIL: TRANSGENIC SOYA ADVANCES IN LEGAL BATTLE</a>

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