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05.05.2009 |

Mais im September 2
Maiskolben (Photo:Simone Knorr)

Gericht bestätigt MON 810-Verbot

Der Gentechnik-Mais MON 810 bleibt verboten. Das Verwaltungsgericht Braunschweig hat gestern den Eilantrag von Monsanto abgelehnt. Die Richter begründen das Urteil folgendermaßen: "Nach vorläufiger Prüfung bestehe eine Gefahrenlage, wie sie das Gentechnikgesetz für ein solches Verbot verlange. Es genüge, wenn sich aus neuen oder zusätzlichen Informationen Anhaltspunkte dafür ergeben, dass Menschen oder Tiere geschädigt werden können. Es gebe zwar keine gesicherten Erkenntnisse darüber, dass der Genmais zu erhöhten Gefahren für die Umwelt führe. Neuere Untersuchungen könnten jedoch darauf hindeuten, dass der im Genmais produzierte Giftstoff nicht nur gegen den Schädling wirke, der damit bekämpft werden solle, sondern auch gegen weitere Insekten. Außerdem sei nach aktuellen Studien davon auszugehen, dass sich die Genmais-Pollen deutlich weiter verbreiten können, als dies bisher angenommen wurde." Monsanto ist enttäuscht und will den Einsatz von weiteren Rechtsmitteln prüfen, bestätigte Ursula Lüttmer-Ouazane, Geschäftsführerin Monsanto Agrar Deutschland. Da Monsanto ein Eilverfahren wegen der baldigen Aussaat von Mais beantragt hatte, ist diese Entscheidung vorläufig. Monsanto kann beim Niedersächsischen Oberverwaltungsgericht in Lüneburg Beschwerde einreichen. Die endgültige Entscheidung wird im Hauptsacheverfahren getroffen.

In Frankreich, wo der Anbau des MON 810 auch verboten ist, hatte Monsanto letztes Jahr ebenso versucht, das Verbot im Eilverfahren zu kippen. Die Richter bestätigten jedoch auch dort die Rechtmäßigkeit des Verbots.

29.04.2009 |

Indian non-hybrid Bt cotton seeds ready for distribution in four states

After ten long years of research punctuated with technical delays, the Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR) in Nagpur is ready with 20,000 packets of desi Bt cotton seeds for distribution to farmers starting next month. The Bikaneri Narma (BN Bt), as it is called, is a variety and not a hybrid which was the only option available to farmers till date. [...] The seeds will be available for Rs 200 per 2 kg bag as against Rs 750 per 450 gm bag of hybrids currently sold by national and multinational companies like Mahyco, Rasi, Ankur and Nuziveedu.

29.04.2009 |

Is the UK ready to rethink its stance on GM?

Faced with climate change and a global population pushing seven billion, we need serious solutions, says ecologist Rosie Hails. And like it or not, she thinks scientists, politicians and the public need to reconsider GM. [...] we need a change in legislation. Current environmental laws have many strengths but focus on risks and do not consider benefits.

29.04.2009 |

Transgenic seeds in developing countries – experience, challenges, perspectives

Due to insufficient data, it is currently impossible to carry out a final evaluation of the size and distribution of profits in terms of business and economics which have been achieved by cultivating transgenic plants in developing and emerging countries. Studies which claim to be able to do this are not backed up scientifically and are based on unstable projections. Even the case studies from China and Brazil could not improve this situation: The studies published to date on the economic results of Bt cotton cultivation in China are, for instance, based on the data from just a few years and just a few hundred hectares (out of an overall acreage of 5.5 million hectares) and demonstrate enormous fluctuations; for Brazil, no publications at all exist on the cultivation results, only estimations.

14.04.2009 |

Germany bans GM maize Mon 810

German Agricultural Minister Ilse Aigner today announced an immediate ban on the cultivation of "Mon 810" the only GM maize variety presently approved for cultivation in the EU. The ban, only days before sowing season starts, follows five other EU member states bans.

02.04.2009 |

EU Commission publishes second gmo co-existence report

On 2 April 2009, the Commission issued a second report on coexistence, outlining the activities of national coexistence measures in the 27 member states. 15 Members States have adopted legislation on coexistence, 11 more than in 2006 when the first coexistence report was published. Another 3 Member States have notified draft legislation to the Commission. The Commission does not intend to prepare harmonised legislation at EU level, but will prepare crop specific guidelines as well as thresholds for seed contamination.

01.04.2009 |

Monsanto planting cyber seeds in the blogosphere

For years, environmental and food activists have made good use of YouTube video and Facebook to skewer Monsanto in the blogosphere. Now, the biotech giant is turning the tables. The company’s blog, Monsanto According to Monsanto, made its debut Feb. 10, and it is the company’s latest tool to engage critics on hot-button issues such as food labeling. The title spoofs a documentary by French journalist Marie-Monique Robin that has been viewed more than 47,000 times on YouTube.

24.03.2009 |

Luxembourg to become fifth EU country to ban Monsanto GM maize

Luxembourg is expected to join Austria, France, Greece and Hungary in banning the use and sale of a genetically modified (GM) maize developed by US chemical company Monsanto. ”Last year, EU ministers called for a re-think in the way GM crops are assessed in Europe. Faced with the Commission’s reticence to take these concerns on board, EU countries have no other choice but to protect their citizens and their environment with national bans,” said Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU GMO policy director.

23.03.2009 |

Non-GE soybean seed demand may rise in Arkansas (USA)

Soybean farmers in Arkansas and other states may be planting more conventional (non-transgenic) varieties in 2009, says Pengyin Chen, who directs the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s soybean breeding program. Chen and Jeremy Ross, the division’s extension soybean specialist, say they have had many more calls than in previous years about conventional varieties.

21.03.2009 |

German poultry producer Stolle converts to certified GE-free feed

9,000 to 10,000 broiler chickens per hour are converted into food products by Gudensberg-based producer Stolle, that is 480,000 broilers per week. From the beginning of May they will be fed without genetic engineering – guaranteed – with certification. [...] One of the group’s feed mills already uses exclusively grain and soy that are planted GM-free.

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