04.08.2003 |

UK: Farm scale trials - GMOs are different

GM crops can be more damaging to neighbouring flora and fauna than ordinary strains of sugar beet, maize and oilseed rape, the Government`s farm trials have shown.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=429820">Independent: GM crops do harm surrounding flora and fauna, farm trials likely to reveal</a>

27.07.2003 |

Estonia GM maize scandal rocks industry

Estonia`s first scandal over GM products erupted late last month when it was revealed that unauthorised GM maize seeds had been sold to local farmers.Daily newspaper Aripaev alleged that a company connected to ex-Minister of Agriculture Jaanus Marrandi had sold about 500 tonnes of imported GM maize seeds to Estonian farmers this year without informing them of the seeds' true nature.The farmers were either about to plant the seeds in the next few weeks or had already done so, according to reports. Many farmers said the maize harvested was to be used to feed cows whose milk is supplied to local dairies.The Ministry of Env said no comment would be made until an investigation into the case had been completed. However, officials confirmed that the maize seeds sold to the farmers were GM.The investigation is not over yet, but we recommend that farmers who bought this GM maize do not sow it until we have reached a final decision,the ministry said.AgraFood East Europe,June 2003

26.07.2003 |

UK: Alert on spread of GM seeds from farm trials

Farmers who have grown genetically modified oil-seed rape on their land as part of the government's trials have been warned not to grow conventional oil-seed on the same land this autumn for fear of contaminating it.The Department of Environment issued the warning yesterday to prevent farmers growing crops that might become unsaleable in Britain because they contained too much GM material.In a statement the department said research showed that seeds persisted in the soil in greater quantities than previously thought<a href="http://politics.guardian.co.uk/green/story/0,9061,1006219,00.html">Guardian Unlimited Politics - Special Reports - Alert on spread of GM seeds</a>

26.07.2003 |

Bayers GE canola approved but not planted in Australia

Australia's Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved a genetically modified canola variety forcommercial use as the first GM crop for food (so far only flowers and cotton) in the country. .The decision is out of step with deep caution among state governments on the controversial issue. Most have announced moratoriums on the planting of GM food crops.</p><p><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/07/19/1058545628968.html">The Sydney Morning Herald</a></p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200307/145985635.pdf">USDA report on the situation in Australia</a>

23.07.2003 |

EU Commissions guidelines on co-existence published and criticised

EU Agricultural Commissioner Franz Fischler published guidelines for the development of strategies and best practices to ensure the co-existence of genetically modified (GM) crops with conventional and organic farming. They are intended to help Member States to develop workable measures for co-existence in conformity with EU legislation. "Measures should be efficient and cost-effective, without going beyond what is necessary to comply with EU threshold levels for GMO labelling," the Commission states. Member States and organisations criticised the Commissions approach to impose GMO planting while leaving the question how to cope with the consequences to the member states. Ag ministers will discuss the guidelines and approach in September.<a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/guidelines_en.pdf">Commissions co-existence guidelines</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/gp_eeb_foe_guidelines_230703.pdf">Greenpeace, FOE, EEB press release</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/zsl_guidelines_22_07_03.pdf">assessment of the foundation on future farming, zs-l</a><b>Koexistenz-Leitlinien der EU Kommission unter Beschuss</b><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/guidelines_de.pdf">Leitlinien der Kommission auf Deutsch</a><br><a href="http://www.verbraucherministerium.de/presse-woche-2003/PM-184-2003.htm">Presseerklärung Ministerin Künast</a><br><a href="http://www.neue-oz.de/information/noz_print/interviews/sonnleitner.html">Sonnleitner befÃ_rchtet Klagewelle</a><br><a href="http://www.tagesschau.de/aktuell/meldungen/0,1185,OID2083326_TYP6_THE_NAVSPM11172_REF2,00.html">tagesschau.de : Gentechnik: Sonnleitner und BUND kritisieren EU-Leitlinie</a><br><a href="http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,258535,00.html">SPIEGEL ONLINE: EU-Vorhaben: Gen-Saat neben Bio-Acker</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/guidelines_presse_d.pdf">Deutsche Presse Zusammenfassung</a><br><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.getfile=gf&doc=IP/03/1096-0-RAPID&lg=DE&type=PDF">Presseerkärung der Kommission auf Deutsch</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/guidelines_Fischler.pdf">Presse-Statement von Kommissar Fischler</a><br><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/graefe_guidelines_230703.pdf">Presseerklärung der Grünen im Europaparlament</a><br><a href="http://www.fr-aktuell.de/ressorts/wirtschaft_und_boerse/wirtschaft/?sid=d6df156c40fa80120630fa3fa6e2f6d0&cnt=259049">FR Kommentar: Dreiklassenlandwirtschaft</a><br><a href="http://www.bdp-online.de/index.php?ebene1=BDP%20PRESSEMELDUNGEN&ebene2=Pressearchiv&datei=presse_2003_07_14.php">Bund Deutscher Pflanzenzüchter zufrieden, gegen gesetzliche Regelungen</a>

22.07.2003 |

EU Council of Ministers adopts new GMO regulations

The Council of Agricultural ministers today formally adopted the regulations on labelling and traceability of GMOs. They will now enter into force 20 days after publication.<a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.getfile=gf&doc=IP/03/1056§0§RAPID&lg=EN&type=PDF">EU Commission press release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/2003_07_01_news_archiv.html#105714087100083619">All about the Regulations</a>

22.07.2003 |

UKs GM Science Review published

The GM Science Review Panel of the UK government today published the results of its review of current scientific knowledge on GM crops and foods.The report by a panel of experts has found no scientific case for ruling out all GM crops and their products, but nor does it give them blanket approval. It emphasises that GM is not a single homogeneous technology and its applications need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Panel also emphasised the importance of GM regulation keeping pace with new developments.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmsciencedebate.org.uk/background/pn210703.htm">UK GM Science Review</a>

18.07.2003 |

Food companies go GE-Free in China

Fri 18 July 2003, CHINA/GuangzhouIn China, the world`s largest food market, 32 food companies, producing 53 brands have agreed not to sell genetically engineered (GE) food. This is the first time food producers have publicly committed to such a policy in China.</p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/features/details?item_id=294309">Greenpeace Press release</a>

17.07.2003 |

Industry, retailers and NGOs set up independend GMO jury in UK

Anglo-Dutch food group Unilever, the food retailer Co-operative Group, Greenpeace, and the Consumers' Association said they have set up an 'independent GM citizens' jury' in a bid to aid government thinking as it decides whether to allow GM crops to be grown commercially in Britain."<a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3112205">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.which.net/media/pr/jul03/general/gmjury.html">Consumer`s association press release</a>

16.07.2003 |

Italian region orders destrcution of GMO contaminated maize fields

Italy`s Piedmont region on Friday ordered the destruction of 381 hectares of maize fields contaminated with genetically modified seeds (Bt maize Mon 810 of Monsanto). The first fields were destroyed on Monday and Italy`s largest farmer organisation Coldiretti as well as Italian farm minister Alemanno welcomed the decision. However Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred (DuPont) called the farmers and offered financial and legal support against the destruction and announced they would take the decision to court. Meanwhile a criminal investigation against the head of Pioneer Italy started. CIA another farmers organisation asked their members not to oppose the destruction.</p><p><a href="http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11478528.htm">Reuters AlertNet - Italian region orders GMO maize fields destroyed</a></p><p><a href="http://www.iii.co.uk/shares/?type=news&articleid=4696158&action=article">Monsanto, Pioneer urge Italian farmers to fight GM crop cull</a></p><p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/technology/newswire/2003/07/15/rtr1025347.html">Pioneer contests Italy order to destroy gene maize</a></p><p><a href="http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200307121635-0086-RT1-POL-0-NF82,NF30&page=0&id=agionline-eng.italyonline">Minister supports Piedmont decision</a></p><p><a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030715/hl_afp/italy_biotech_maize_030715184100">Monsanto Italy chief defends GMOs found in crops as "accidental"</a></p><p><a href="http://reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=governmentFilingsNews&storyID=3106529">UPDATE 17.7.03: Court rejects Pioneers bid to prevent GM maize destruction</a>

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