09.10.2002 |

UK seeds clean of GMO says DEFRA

A report published today by the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs GM Inspectorate reveals that there have been no findings of adventitious presence of unapproved GMOs above the limit of detection in seeds for marketing since summer 2000. There was one finding of an approved GMO in seeds of maize, but this was at a very low level, below the interim threshold agreed by the European Community.The GM Inspectorate at the Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is publishing the summary details of the audits it has been carrying out on seed companies since summer 2000.</p><p><a href="http://www.csl.gov.uk/shownews.cfm?id=192">Publication of CSL GM Inspectorate Seed Audit Summary</a>

09.10.2002 |

EU Commissioner Fischler will receive Save our Seeds Petition next week

The petition "Save our Seeds" will be handed over to the European Union`s Agricultual Commissioner Franz Fischler during the next meeting of EU Agricultural Ministers on Monday 14th October in Luxembourg. The petition is still open for signatures until Friday 11th, noon.For further details contact info@zs-l.de

08.10.2002 |

Zero tolerance on seed contamination works well in Austria

In Austria since the beginning of 2002 a special Seed Regulation prohibits any contamination of seeds with genetically modified varieties. There have been no problems with this regulation, as Thomas Fertl (Greenpeace Austria) describes in his overview.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/austrian_situation.pdf">Report on the Austrian Seed situation</a>Seit Anfang 2002 ist in österreich eine Saatgutrichtlinie in Kraft, die jegliche Kontamination mit gentechnisch veränderten Sorten untersagt - mit gutem Erfolg, wie Thomas Fertl von Greenpeace österreich beschreibt.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/austria_saatgut.pdf">Bericht über die Situation in österreich nach Verabschiedung der Saatgutrichtlinie 2002</a>

19.09.2002 |

EU Commission delays vote on Seed Directive

According to various sources the EU Commission has not been able to present a revised text of it`s draft Seed Directive so far, due to internal disagreements. Is appears unclear by when the Commission will finalise it`s draft. However it is clear that the vote, which had been envisaged for the 27th of September will not take place. Member states have requested an examination period of one month after the text has been transmitted. No new date has be set for the vote so far.

11.09.2002 |

La FNAB s'oppose sur la contamination de semence

La Fédération Nationale d'Agriculture Biologique des régions de France s' oppose catégoriquement sur un projet de la Commission d'autoriser à la vente, et sans obligation d'étiquetage particulier, des semences contaminées par des OGM à des seuils allant de 0,3% (colza) à 0,7% (soja) selon l'espèce considérée. Il contraindrait les agrobiologistes à faire analyser toutes semences qu'ils utilisent, et toutes leurs récoltes, pour s'assurer de l'absence d'ogm qui entraîneraient le déclassement de leurs productions. Elle a écrit à le ministre d'Agriculture, Hervé Gaymard pour que soit imposée aux semenciers, pour leurs semences conventionnelles, l'absence totale d'ogm détectables, et ce quelle que soit l'espèce. </p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/fnab.pdf">FNAB Communique de Presse</a>

18.08.2002 |

UK: Ministers suspend GM crop-testing after GMOs in field trials found contaminated with unauthorized varieties

Urgent checks are to be carried out on genetically modified seeds after a trial in the UK was contaminated by rogue seeds.Government minister Elliott Morley has told the BBC an urgent investigation will be carried out into how seeds from a GM crop experiment became mixed with a strain unauthorised for planting.But he rejected calls from environmental groups for an immediate end to the field testing of GM crops in Britain.The experiment involved trials of GM rapeseed crops at 12 sites in England and two in Scotland.</p><p><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2195762.stm">BBC NEWS UK Urgent tests on GM crop seeds</a></p><p><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=324776">The Independent: Ministers suspend GM crop-testing</a>

18.08.2002 |

Weeds get boost from GM crops

Weeds become stronger and fitter by cross-breeding with genetically engineered crops, US researchers have shown for the first time. And at the same time, a team in France has demonstrated how easily weeds might be able to swap genes with the GM strains of sugar beet already in field trials.</p><p><a href="http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992671">New Scientist</a></p><p><a href="http://www.osu.edu/researchnews/archive/sungene.htm">Univ. Ohio press release: Genetically Modified Crops May Pass Helpful Traits To Weeds, Study Finds</a>

09.08.2002 |

GMOs traced in imported seeds in France - Des traces d'OGM dans des semences de maïs importées

In France 447 samples of imported seeds from 5 countries (USA, Chili, Hungary, South Africa, Turkey) have been tested by the Direction Générale de l'Alimentation . The authority found some GMO contamination in 109 samples. 93% of the samples contained GMOs, authorised in the European Union at levels below 0,5% and where allowed to be markted. 2 samples from Chili showed higher levels of contamination and were sent back, 14 samples needed further analysis. Coordination Paysanne, Greenpeace and the Green Party protested against the marketing of slightly contaminated seeds.En francais seulement:<a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/figaro_semences.pdf">Le Figaro: 8 auot 02</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/france_semences.pdf">AFP: OGM-agriculture</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.fr/campagnes/cdp/ogm/O020806.php3">Greenpeace France communique de presse</a>

08.08.2002 |

Italian court probes 10 seed companies over GMO contamination

An Italian court is investigating 10 seed companies for allegedly using maize containing genetic material in violation of Italian law, a judicial official said. The court in Turin launched the probe late on Tuesday after state seed agency Ense tested samples from seed companies for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and found some of them to be positive, the official, who asked not to be identified, said. Italy has zero tolerance towards GM seeds, even though the European Union`s Scientific Committee on Plants and other groups say the presence of GM material in seeds is inevitable because of unintentional contamination in the production process.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/italy_court.pdf">Reuters: Italian Court probes seed companies</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/italy_manifesto.pdf">Il Manifesto, Contaminazione Ogm delle sementi: l'ultimo assalto</a>

15.07.2002 |

EU Commission postpones vote on revised Seed Directive

The European Commission had presented a revised version of it`s draft Directive regarding contamination of seeds with GMOs beginning of July. It intended to have an "indicative vote" on this draft in the Standing Committee on Seeds on July 18th. However after intervention of Members of the European Parliament this vote has been postponed. The MEPs argued that the Commission had to first await the results of the Regulations on GMO Food and Feed labelling in order not to contradict them.The thresholds for adventitious contaminiation of seeds, which the Commission proposes (0,3% for rape seed, 0,5% for maize and beet and 0,7% for soja) could not guarantee that a maximum threshold of 0,5% for adventitious contamination of food and feed can be observed. The EP had voted in favour to setting such reduced thresholds at it`s plenary session on the 3rd of July.In it`s revised draft the Commission did not change the thresholds but only deleted detailed provisions how breeders should avoid contamination. The draft is available upon request from info@zs-l.de.

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