Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


21.09.2010 |

Boost for GE-free region of Northland (New Zealand)

Environmental watchdog GE Free Northland’s campaign to stop trials of genetically modified organisms in the region has received a boost. Group spokeswoman Zelka Grammer says a letter from Environment Minister Nick Smith reveals the government does support regional and local authorities controlling the use of GMOs in their areas.

09.09.2010 |

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Amflora puts BASF under pressure

Human failure caused the contamination of the Amflora field in Sweden with the experimental GM potato Amadea, reports the European Commission. Yesterday BASF had to justify to Brussels authorities. However open questions had not been fully clarified. Next week experts for the EU and member states will visit BASF research facilities in order to resolve open questions.

08.09.2010 |

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verbotene kartoffel (Bild: zsl)

GM-potato remains in the soil

One week after the harvest of the GM potato Amfora began in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Nothern Germany) it was aborted by Till Backhaus, the provincial minister of Agriculture. On the basis of the contamination of the Amflora field with the experimental, genetically modified potato Amadea in Sweden, the confidence in the BASF quality management has been shaken, so Backhaus. BASF had to admit that Amflora seed potatoes planted in Germany derived from Sweden. This Wednesday the European commission is calling BASF to Brussels to clarify this issue.

06.09.2010 |

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verbotene kartoffel (Bild: zsl)

BASF grows illegal Amadea in Amflora field

The GM potato Amadea has been illegally grown within a field of the approved GM potato Amflora in Sweden, reports Greenpeace today. The unapproved experimental variety, Amadea, has not be fully tested for environmental and health impacts. The European Commission has asked BASF to explain why an unauthorised genetically modified variety of potato has been planted in Sweden.

01.09.2010 |

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pro-gmo movment mobilizes

Large Romanian unions negotiate GM contamination of agriculture

Two large Romanian farming unions are calling for the introduction of GMOs and recently are mobilizing Romanian farmers to participate in demonstrations in Bucharest on the second of September. Several organizations in Romania express worry on the recent development in the attached press release.

30.08.2010 |

Protestaktion gegen Amflora
Ernte unter Protest (Photo:EFLM)

Amflora - harvest under protest

Last week about 40 activists from France, UK and Germany came together in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany) to protest against the GM potato, Amflora. Also the provincial minister for agriculture called for a ban of amflora. Now the federal minister for economics and technology and members of the BASF management board join the harvest.

23.08.2010 |

re-introducing Bt brinjal?? (Photo: brixi-ix/

BRAI Bill jeopardises traditional agriculture in India

The proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) provokes strong reactions in India. The Bill proposes a centralized technocratic authority to approve GM (genetically modified) crops with no involvement of elected governments, said Mr Rajesh Krishnan, Greenpeace Campaigns Manager. The Madhya Pradesh government has reacted strongly and suspects the effort to re-introduce Bt brinjal. “It will have disastrous consequences for Indian Agriculture, which still relies heavily on traditional technologies. It will take the control of food from the farmer and give it to multinational corporations, who will enslave our agriculture,” said State Agriculture Minister Ramakrishna Kusumaria.

19.08.2010 |

GVO traces in goatmilk

DNA from transgenic plants found in milk and animal tissue

A recent Testbiotech survey shows that DNA fragments from transgenic

plants are increasingly found in animal tissue such as milk, inner organs and muscles.

Recently scientists from Italy reported DNA sequences stemming from genetically

engineered soy in milk from goats. A few years ago, DNA from genetically engineered maize was found in samples from pigs. Also traces from transgenic plants were found in the organs of fish, namely rainbow trout and tilapia.

17.08.2010 |


US Judge bans GM sugar beet, denies injunction

US Federal Court in California banned any new plantings of Monsanto’s GM “Roundup Ready” sugar beet for the foreseeable future. but denied an injunction that could have required the destruction of seed crops planted in the past few days. A federal judge has revoked the government's approval of genetically altered sugar beets until regulators complete a more thorough review of how the scientifically engineered crops affect other food.

13.08.2010 |

Controversy on Bt eggplant continues

After Rudimas´ laugher (undersecretary of the department of agriculture) on the health risks of Bt eggplant Proceso Alcala, secretary of the department of agriculture, said Bt eggplant could not be sold in Philippine markets unless it was proven that it would not pose harm to the health of consumers. However, he was allowing the field testing to continue. The tests also do not validly measure the long-term effects of Bt eggplant. Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini from the Caen University pointed out, the recommendation of the Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Ltd (Mahyco), that consumption of Bt bringal be limited to 50-100g for a person per day for five days “for a safe dose level” puts to doubt the safety of Bt eggplant as food.


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