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>

06.07.2003 |

Greenpeace to Lamy: don't cave in to US corporate agenda on GMOs

Sun 06 July 2003, Palermo, ITALyGreenpeace today presented the EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and the Italian Trade Minister, Adolfo Urso, with two sacks of soy contaminated with genetically engineered (GE) varieties by the US-multinational GE company Monsanto, asking the Commissioner to return them to his US counterpart Robert Zoellick. Commissioner Lamy is currently in Palermo to meet with the EU Trade Ministers in their last official meeting prior to the WTO ministerial in Cancun, Mexico in September.</p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en//press/release?press_id=292133">Greenpeace press release</a>

02.07.2003 |

European Parliament adopts Regulation on genetically modified Food and Feed

The European Parliament today adopted regulations on GM food and feed and traceability of GMOs, which will have far reaching consequences on the way GMOs in food and feed will have to be labelled in the future.1. All products containing or consisting of an ingredient, which contains more than 0,9% of GMO must be labelled.2. Labelling is also required where the specific DNA or protein of the GMO can no longer be identified in the final product. This applies inter alia to oil, starch, glucose and other highly refined products.3. GMO in animal feed will also have to be labelled. However animal products from GM animal feed, such as meat, eggs and milk do not require labelling.About 90% of all GM imports to the European Union are used as animal feed and for starch or oil production and will now for the first time require labelling.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/ep_vote_02_07_03.pdf">short report</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/food_feed_final.pdf">Final version of the regulation</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/eu_foodfeed.pdf">background: Market implications of the new regulations</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3027026">Reuters: EU Passes GM Labeling Laws, U.S. Unimpressed</a></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3026743">Reuters Factbox on the new rules</a></p><p><a href="http://www3.europarl.ep.ec/omk/omnsapir.so/calendar?APP=PV1&LANGUE=EN">EP homepage on latest debates - you can chose your language there</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/clippings.pdf">press clippings on yesterdays debate</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/presse_en_03_07_03.pdf">UK & US press clippings</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/presse_fr_03_07_03.pdf">La presse francaise - french press clippings</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.getfile=gf&doc=IP/03/935-0- RAPID&lg=EN&type=PDF">EU Commission Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/gp_pr_02_07_03.pdf">Greenpeace Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.europabio.org/upload/articles/article_203_EN.doc">Press release of EU GMO industry Europa-Bio</a>

27.06.2003 |

European Parliament, Commission and Council compromise on genetically modified Food and Feed regulation

At the European Parliament a compromise, which has been negotiated between the Institutions and the different political groups within the Parliament is most likely going to be adopted on July 2nd. This compromise basically gives up all the amendments, which had been proposed by the Parliaments Environment Committee, such as lowering the threshold for adventitious presence of GMOs to 0,5%, providing for compulsory co-existence measures, prohibiting the presence of unauthorized GMOs at any level and the exemption of GM seeds from this regulation. In exchange a new article will be included in the Directive 2001/18 on the deliberate release of GMOs, which allows Member States to take measures to prevent contamination of conventional crops with GMOs.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/ep_compromise_24_06_03.pdf">Memorandum on GM Food and Feed compromise</a></p><p><a href="http://www2.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade2?PUBREF=-//EP//TEXT+REPORT+A5-2003-0202+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&L=EN&LEVEL=1&NAV=S&LSTDOC=Y#TOP">List of amendments this report refers to</a></p><p><a href="http://wwwdb.europarl.eu.int/oeil/oeil_ViewDNL.ProcViewCTX?lang=2&procid=5457&HighlighType=2&Highlight_Text=modified">Text and all legislative acts regarding the Food and Feed Regulation</a>

26.06.2003 |

Bush attacks EU on GMO issue

George W. Bush has stepped up his rethoric about GMO imports and accused the EU of impeding the fight against hunger with its policy. The EU has politely rebutted such claims at a EU-US summit in Washington. In his speech to biotech industry representatives Bush also announced 1 bio $ for food aid and a 6 bio $ programme called "BioShield" for research in biological weapons and defense against bioterrorism. At the same time the US government organised a Biotech-Exhibition for Ministers from developing countries in California.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/bush_23_06_03.pdf">George W. Bush full speech to biotech industry</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/us_clips_23_06_03.pdf">US Press clippings</a></p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/stconf/conf--info.html">homepage of Biotech expo</a></p><p><a href="http://sacmobilization.org">homepage of protesters</a>

25.06.2003 |

Over 6 million people in the USA are hungry

In the USA, according to the US Department of Agriculture, 33.6 million people lived in food-insecure households, including 12.7 million children. Of these individuals, 6.1 million adults and 3 million children lived in households where someone experienced hunger during the year. The number of children living in households classified as 'food insecure with hunger among children' was 467,000 (0.6 percent of the children in the Nation).</p><p><a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/foodsecurity/trends/">ERS/USDA Briefing Room - Food Security in the United States: Conditions and Trends</a>

25.06.2003 |

Monsanto refuses to withdraw GM Wheat application

Monsanto will go ahead seeking approval for genetically modified wheat in Canada, despite threats of legal action and fears that approval could ruin the market for Canadian wheat.The company was responding to demands from the Canadian Wheat Board that it withdraw its wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup weedkiller.</p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2990178">Reuters</a>

24.06.2003 |

Environmental NGOs appeal to Members of Parliament on GMO rules

The European Environmental Bureau, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have written a joint letter to members of the European Parliament, urging them to vote for low thresholds and anti-contamination measures next Monday, when the Parliament will vote on the genetically modified Food and Feed regulations.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/nog_letter_200603.pdf">Letter to MEPs for download</a>

24.06.2003 |

Les incertitudes et les enjeux sociaux nourrissent le débat sur les OGM

LE MONDE, Mardi 24 juin 2003, par Hervé KempfA Paris, deux réunions scientifiques ont confirmé la division des chercheurs sur la question des organismes génétiquement modifiés. Les discussions ont montré qu'il ne faut pas s'enfermer dans une seule technologie et que "l'agriculture est avant tout un processus social".</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/news/lemonde_24_06_03.pdf">Le Monde 24.6.2003 pdf</a>

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