16.07.2003 |

EU Takes Member States to Court Over GMOs

The Commission, the European Union`s executive arm, said it was taking 11 out of 15 governments to court as they had not implemented the main new EU rules on approving GMO crops that should have been in place last October.The "deliberate release" directive was passed by EU states and the European Parliament in 2001 after years of debate on how best to test and monitor GMOs to allay consumer fears about the hi-tech foods' potential risks to health and the environment.But the Commission said all EU states except Britain, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal had failed to put the new legislation into their national law and was taking them to the European Court of Justice to pressure them to do so.</p><p><a href="http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=3093180">Reuters</a>

16.07.2003 |

GM Buffer Zones in the US

Colorado State University researchers say wind-blown corn pollen can pollinate corn plants up to 600 feet (>180 meters) away, raising questions about the size of the buffer zones needed to isolate genetically modified crops.In February, Boulder County commissioners voted to allow farmers to grow genetically modified corn on county open space.But commissioners said that neighboring growers of conventional crops could demand a 150-foot (45 meters) buffer zone around the genetically modified varieties.</p><p><a href="http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_2110127,00.html">Rocky Mountain News: CSU study pops theory on bio-corn buffer zones</a>

16.07.2003 |

UK major retailers reject GM planting

Chiefs of the country`s largest food stores - Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway and Asda were invited to express their opinions as part of the government-sponsored national debate on whether the gene-spliced crops are commercially viable.A spokesman for Britain`s largest supermarket, Tesco , said it would only stock GM foods if consumers demanded them.'We removed all traces of GM ingredients from our own-brand products after consulting with our customers, and that`s unlikely to change unless they tell us different,' he added."<a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3097908">Reuters</a>

15.07.2003 |

Most UK government science advisors have close links to biotech and drug companies

Dozens of the UK Government`s most influential advisers on critical health and environmental issues have close links to biotech and drug corporations, according to a dossier of Whitehall documents obtained by The Observer<a href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,997205,00.html">The Observer: Anger at advisers' biotech links</a>

13.07.2003 |

EFSA issues first GMO opinion

The new Scientific Panel on GMOs of the the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded in its first published opinion that there was no justification for a GMO free Zone in Upper Austria.</p><p><a href="http://www.efsa.eu.int/pdf/pressrel20030710_en.pdf">EFAS press release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.efsa.eu.int/p_gmo_en.html">opinion at the GMO panels homepage in English, German and French</a><b>EU-Behörde für Lebensmittelsicherheit hält Gen-Verbot für nicht gerechtfertigt</b> Brüssel - Das geplante Verbot für Gentechnik in Oberösterreich ist aus Sicht der EU-Behörde für Lebensmittelsicherheit (EFSA) nicht gerechtfertigt.</p><p><a href="http://derstandard.at/?id=1356923">derStandard.at</a>

13.07.2003 |

UK: Strategy office of the government sees no future for GMOs

A bleak picture for the future of genetically modified crops in Britain was outlined by the Cabinet Office strategy unit on Friday 11th, which said there was currently no benefit to the UK consumer or farmer in growing such foods because there was no market.</p><p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,996704,00.html">Guardian: GM foods: unloved, unwanted and a rush to grow crops could cause civil unrest</a></p><p><a href="http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page3673.asp">Strategy office press release and report for download</a></p><p><a href="http://archiv.tagesspiegel.de/archiv/12.07.2003/653073.asp">Tagesspiegel: Die Gensaat geht nicht auf</a>

09.07.2003 |

Italian farm minister sees end of moratorium for GM food

Giovanni Alemanno, president of the Agricultural Council of Ministers said on Wednesday in Brussels:"As soon as the regulations are approved on food we can lift the moratorium on food. When regulations on agricultural coexistence are approved, we can lift the moratorium on seeds."<a href="http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N2W071087.htm">Reuters - Italy farm minister sees end to EU biotech ban</a>

07.07.2003 |

GM contamination in New Zealand corn

Genetically modified contamination has been found in sweet corn planted from Syngenta seeds, harvested in New Zealand and sold on Japanese pizza toppings.</p><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsletter&topic_id=6&subtopic_id=26&doc_id=5638">GM Contamination Found In NZ Corn</a>

07.07.2003 |

Background: How consumers and farmers cope with GMO in the USA

A thoughtful and colorful long article on the labelling and co-existence situation in the United States by Sally Deneen.</p><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsletter&topic_id=1&subtopic_id=3&doc_id=5609">Food Fight: Genetic Engineering vs. Organics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly</a>

07.07.2003 |

Codex Alimentarius adopts safety standards on GMOs

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the UN food standards agency adopted three sets of standards on safety of genetically modified food (GMOs) that support strong regulations for these foods. It appears questionable whether present US GMO safety assessment regulations would satisfy these standards.</p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=422089">Independent: UN food body calls for strict new rules on GM crops</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/CodexBiotechregulations.pdf">Prepublicaton of the new Codex guidelines on food derived from Biotechnology</a></p><p><a href="http://www.consumersinternational.org/news/display.asp?regionid=135&tag=C&id=261&type=news&cat=465&langid=1">press release from Consumers International</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bio.org/foodag/codex.asp">background page on Codex & GMOs from Biotech-Industry</a></p><p><a href="http://www.nrz.de/nrz/nrz.kultur.volltext.php?id=233481&zulieferer=dpa&kategorie=&catchline=%2Fwissenschaft%2F">dpa: FAO und WHO verordnen Untersuchung von Gen-Produkten</a>

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