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17.03.2008 |

Brazilain soybean harvest to exceed 60 Mill tonnes, 59% GMO-free

Soybean production in the 2007/08 crop is estimated at 62.416 million tonnes (t.). [...] The result showed that 59.1% of the analyzed crops used transgenic crops. The South region topped the ranking with 82.1% of the crops planted with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

01.02.2008 |

Monsanto says French GMO ban illegal and harmful

U.S. biotech company Monsanto said on Thursday France’s decision to ban one of its genetically modified varieties of maize was illegal and would be harmful to the sector. [...] Monsanto said the committee had not turned up any scientific proof which had not already been reviewed by the EU, which had authorized use of MON 810 throughout the 27-nation bloc in 1998. ”There is no doubt that the (committee’s) opinion does not fulfill any of the criteria which would allow ... the French state to suspend the application of a legal authorization based on a rational and scientific evaluation,” Monsanto said.

01.02.2008 |

EU Member States ask EFSA for more guidance on GM assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is working with member states to update risk assessment guidance for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to bring it in line with scientific progress and provide more in-depth advice. More than 60 GMO experts from national regulatory risk assessment bodies came together in November to discuss the best scientific approaches for evaluating the safety of GMOs at national and European level. Today the findings from the meeting, including the fact that differences exist among member states with respect to the practical organisation of GMO risk assessment will be presented to an Advisory Forum.

14.01.2008 |

French president announces ban on GE maize MON810

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday announced a ban on Monsanto's MON 810 GM maize in France, the only GM maize variety presently legal to grow within the European Union. Farm activist José Bove publicly finished his hunger strike against the crop while Monsanto and the large farmers association complained.

03.01.2008 |

Jose Bové im Hungerstreik gegen Gentechnik-Anbau in Frankreich

Der französische Aktivist und Vorsitzende der Bauerngewerkschaft Confederation Paysanne José Bove ist gegen den Anbau von Gentechnik-Mais in einen Hungerstreik getreten.

20.12.2007 |

France says to extend GMO ban unless proven safe

France will extend its ban on the use and sale of gm maize MON 810, the only genetically modified crop grown in the country, unless a newly set-up committee on GMOs can prove it is safe. A present ban expires in February.

10.12.2007 |

IFOAM Conference Demands Zero Tolerance

At a high level organic conference in Brussels GMOs were the most important point of dissent between organic farmers and the European Commission. Whilst the organic representatives from practically every EU country and adjacent states like Croatia and White Russia demanded zero tolerance for GMO contamination, representatives of the Commission advocated a general allowance of 0,9%.

10.12.2007 |

France suspends commercial GMO seed use, studies safety

France formally suspended on Thursday the commercial use of genetically modified (GMO) seeds in the country until early February and ordered a biotech safety study. The future of GMOs has long been the subject of heated debate in France -- Europe’s top grain producer -- and the country’s reluctance to use GMO crops compares starkly with the United States, which is far more tolerant of the technology.

10.12.2007 |

Science and policy collide in EU over GM crops

A proposal that Europe’s top environment official made last month to ban the planting of a genetically modified corn strain across the bloc sets the stage for a bitter war within European Union, where politicians have done their best to dance around the issue.

07.12.2007 |

Germany ends ban on Monsanto GMO maize type

A temporary sales ban on GMO-giant Monsanto’s genetically modified MON810 maize was lifted after the company agreed to extra crop monitoring in Germany, German authorities anounced. Germany had in May this year imposed a temporary ban on commercial sales of MON810 citing concerns about safety of the maize.

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