04.06.2002 |

FAO starts forum on gene flow from GM to non-GM crops

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of th UN has opened an electronic discussion about gene flow from GMOs to non-GM crops with special emphasis on their impact on developing countries.</p><p><a href="http://www.fao.org/biotech/C7doc.htm">FAO: Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture: Conference 7</a>

30.05.2002 |

EU Parliament`s Committee on Consumers and Environment concerned about Seed Directive

The Committee, which is presently discussing labeling and treaceability regulations for GMOs in food and feed, will send a letter to the EU Commission asking not to set thresholds for seed contamination while thresholds for GMOs in food and feed are still under discussion.</p><p><a href="http://www.europarl.eu.int/meetdocs/committees/envi/default_en.htm">Meeting documents of the Environment and Consumers Committeeh</a>The Green member of the Committee, Hiltrud Breyer issued a press release on the Seed Directive<a href="http://www.greens-efa.org/en/press/detail.php?id=1011&lg=en">press release of Mrs Breyer in Englishh</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/breyer_pe_de.pdf">Presseerklärung in Deutsch</a>

26.05.2002 |

GM 'could kill off ' organic farms

Gaby Hinsliff, chief political correspondentSunday May 26, 2002 The Observer<a href="http://politics.guardian.co.uk/green/story/0,9061,722464,00.html">Guardian Unlimited Politics Special Reports GM 'could kill off ' organic farms</a>

22.05.2002 |

European Commission publishes full report about additional costs of GM crops

The EU`s Joint Research Centre today has published it`s report CO-EXISTENCE OF GM CROPS WITH CONVENTIONAL AND ORGANIC CROPS, which had been leaked a week ago. The study confirms high additional costs for all farmers. The full 145 p study can be downloaded on the web-page as well.</p><p><a href="http://www.jrc.cec.eu.int/default.asp?sIdSz=our_work&sIdStSz=focus_on">Joint Research Centre</a>

22.05.2002 |

International press clippings on EU study on costs of co-existence with GMOs

a selection of articles published on the EU Commissions study on costs of introduction of genetically modified crops in English, German, french, italian, spanish, swedish and danish.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/press_clips_EU_study.rtf">press clippings in rtf format for your convenience</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/press_clips_EU_study.pdf">press clippings in pdf format</a>

21.05.2002 |

Squeezed out - No room for GM crops in an "organic" Britain

New Scientist May 18, 2002 - Much of the British countryside may be off-limits to genetically modified crops before the government even decides if they can be grown commercially. The reason is organic farming, which is becoming ever more popular in Britain. If it continues to boom, many potential GM crop sites will disappear, a computer model suggests. For instance, GM maize cannot be planted within 200 metres of organic crops. This buffer zone is designed to prevent the GM crops cross-fertilising with their neighbours, "contaminating" produce.</p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/squeezedout_ns.pdf">Full text of the New Scientist article</a>

19.05.2002 |

EU says farmers face extra costs to stay GM-free

BRUSSELS, May 17 (Reuters) - Organic and conventional farmers will face extra costs keeping their produce "GM-free" once genetically modified crops become more common in Europe, the European Commission said on Friday.</p><p><a href="http://www.agriculture.com/worldwide/IDS/2002-05-17T144104Z_01_L1779050_RTRIDST_0_FOOD-EU-GENES.html">@gWorldwide - EU says farmers face extra costs to stay GM-free</a>

17.05.2002 |

EU suppresses GE study: GE crops add high costs, threaten organic

A secret European Union (EU) study leaked to Greenpeace states that all farmers would face high additional, in some cases unsustainable costs of production if genetically engineered (GE) crops were commercially grown on large scale in Europe. The study predicts that the situation would become particularly critical for organic farming of oilseed rape as well as for intensive production of conventional maize. It calculates additional costs between 5 and as much as 41 percent of the crop value.</p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/~geneng/">Greenpeace Press-release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.zs-l.de/gmo/downloads/jrc_eu_study.pdf">Download the EU`s JRC Coexistence Study</a>

14.05.2002 |

Report raises farmer liability concerns over pharm corn pollen drift

The American Corn Growers Association warns US farmers about growing corn for pharmaceutical purposes: "Where does the liability lie if pollen drifts into another corn field, contaminates it with a pharmaceutical drug which ends up in corn products for human consumption, resulting in adverse health consequences?"<a href="http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=706">CropChoice.com News</a>

13.05.2002 |

International Maize Research Centre discusses genetic contamination of local maize varieties

May 10th 2002, Mexico-City - After publication of evidence, that genetically engineered maize varieties have contaminated landraces of maize in Mexico, the Centre of Origin of maize world wide. CIMMYT organized a forum of eminent scientists to discuss the implications. The proceedings are now available on the web.</p><p><a href="http://www.cimmyt.org/abc/geneflow/geneflow_pdf_engl/contents.htm">Proceedings of a Forum. Gene Flow Among Maize Landraces, Improved Maize Varieties, and Teosinte: Implications for Transgenic Maize</a>

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