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08.06.2005 |

EU Committee of the Regions: Hearing on GMOs and coexistence 27th June

The Committee of the Regions' Commission for sustainable development will hold a round table about "The regions, genetically modified organisms and coexistence" on June 27th in Brussels.</p><p>Contact: Commission for Sustainable Development, 101 rue Belliard, B- 1000 Brussels, Tel. +32 (0)2 282 21 43 Fax +32 (0)2 282 20 74, please register before June 21.</p><p><p><a href="http://www.cor.eu.int/document/activities/OGM%20CdR_176-2005_en.pdf">Invitation and programme of the round table</a></p><p><a href="http://www.cor.eu.int/document/presentation/liste_deve.pdf">List of regional members of the Commission for Sustainable Development</a>

08.06.2005 |

Poland: 70% now covered by GMO free Regions

We now have our 11th GMO Free Zone! This is Dolnoslaskie Province in SouthWest Poland, bordering Eastern Germany. It has an area of 19948 km2 and a population of 3 million. It has a beautiful mountainous terrain on the western side and there are a number of well established organic farms in this area. The Provincial board has come up with a strong statement which prohibits the selling or planting of GMO's. The capitol of Donaslaskie is Wroclaw.More than 70% of Poland is now covered by GMO Free Zones, representing approx. 80% of the population. Only 5 more Provinces to go!! See attached map.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/countries/poland/poland.html">Map and info on GMO free Poland</a>

05.06.2005 |

EU - Brazilian Non-GMO summit in Brussels

A conference on June 28 and 29 in Brussels will bring together soy crushers and processors from Brazil and their Europeancustomers for a constructive exchange of information and ideas. The Summit aims at enabling members ofthe European food and feed industries to assess the future of non-GM soy from Brazil and at communicating to representatives of the more than 160 GM-free Regions in Europe, to consumer groups andto NGOs the extent of ongoing industry efforts to meet consumer demands and allowing NGOs to understandand appreciate the technical, market, and regulatory challenges.</p><p><a href="http://www.avantel.de/soysummit2005/">Non-GMO Soy Summit 2005 website</a>

03.06.2005 |

GM Free Canada campaing launched

Canadians are joining regions, communities and countries around the world in declaring their communities GE-Free Zones.Launched June 2nd, the GE-Free Canada campaign is a nation-wide, grass-roots effort by farmers, environmentalists, and ordinary Canadians concerned with issues of food safety and food sovereignty.</p><p><a href="http://www.canadians.org/display_document.htm?COC_token=23@@b09375e5be3f0c1f651c3d7166fe5023&id=1125&isdoc=1&catid=67">The Council of Canadians</a>

30.05.2005 |

Russians reject GM foods

Two thirds of Russians are against genetically modified foods and the majority of experts support a ban on GM crops as the government prepares new production laws.</p><p><a href="http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=60290russians-reject-gm">Foodproduction Daily</a>

26.05.2005 |

Canadian government urged to stop GE Canola contamination in Japan

Greenpeace and Japanese consumer, environmental and farmer organizations today appealed to the Canadian government to stop contamination of food products and the environment by exporting only non-GE canola in future.</p><p><a href="http://www.prdirect.ca/en/view_release.aspx?TrafficID=2794">PR direct</a>

26.05.2005 |

Detected Bt10 was stopped in Ireland

A United States consignment of genetically modified corn gluten feed tainted with an illegal strain of Bt10 has been impounded upon arrival at an Irish port, the European Commission said on Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=789912">Reuters: Tainted biotech maize impounded at Irish port</a></p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/25/AR2005052500515.html">Washington Post: EU: Ireland Intercepts U.S. Biotech Corn</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/608&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">EU press release</a>

23.05.2005 |

Background: A success story from a GMO free island down under

Tasmania is one of few territories worldwide that can claim a 100% disease-free status for their food products. There is also an absolute ban on genetically modified (GM) produce and antibiotics in beef production; and many products are organic. "Our strengths lie in producing high quality, safe food products that appeal to niche and premium markets," says Alan Campbell of the Tasmanian government.</p><p><a href="http://www.freshplaza.com/2005/23mei/2_au_diseasestatus.htm">Fresh plaza: Tasmania cashes in on disease-free status</a>

17.05.2005 |

European Regions demand power-sharing over GM crops

Over 250 people from across Europe attended a conference in Brussels to hear regional Ministers and MEP's call for a bigger say in whether GM crops are grown commercially in their region. The number of European regions and provinces now declaring themselves "GM Free zones", or publicly wishing to restrict GM crops, has climbed to 162. Over 4500 local governments and smaller areas in Europe are similarly calling for restrictions to commercial growing. Participants endorsed ten principles on future GMO planting</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/joint_17_May_gmo_free_zones.htm">FOE/AER: Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/10_principles_EN.pdf">Ten principles</a>

13.05.2005 |

Cyprus: Green Party calls for GMO free Island

The Green Party of Cyprus calls for a GMO free country.</p><p><a href="http://gmo-free-regions.org/Downloads/cyprus_green_party.pdf">Declaration</a>

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