Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


11.09.2008 |

Campaigners attack plans to plant GM trees in UK

FRIENDS of the Earth have hit out at controversial plans by scientists at Southampton University to grow genetically modified trees on Forestry Commission land. It is the first time scientists have tried to grow GM trees in Britain since 1999 when activists destroyed 115 modified trees in Berkshire. Environmental campaigners say the dangers of contamination – especially as trees live so long – the complex mechanics of tree reproduction and the risk to biodiversity are all so great the idea should be rejected.

05.09.2008 |

EU states should be able to stop GMO crops nationally says German Agriculture Minister

Germany wants European Union member states to have the power to block genetically-modified crops in their countries, Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday. Currently the EU Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, takes the decision whether genetically modified organisms (GMO) are safe and has controversially approved several GMO crops for commercial farming. [...] ’I believe that the EU member states should be able to decide themselves whether they actually want cultivation in their areas,’ Seehofer said.

29.07.2008 |

Growing number of South Korean companies go GMO-free

Food safety comes first. This is what a growing number of domestic companies and consumer groups are saying through a campaign against foods that come from genetically-modified organisms. The safety of so-called GMO foods has long been debated. [...] Amid the controversy a leading Korean food company has decided not to use GMO beans in its tofu bean sprouts and soybean oil. Other local food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies are also saying no to GMO.

28.07.2008 |

Monsanto advises Government of Pakistan on Bt cotton introduction

The government has constituted a committee on Thursday to finalise a roadmap for introduction of new variety of Bt-Cotton that will lead to enhance cotton production in the country. The committee will forward its recommendations within a week time to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, which will later on consult the stakeholders and will take final decision about introduction of latest technology of Bt-Cotton. Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) and Monsanto— a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation— are members of the committee, who will assess the over all situation relating to transfer of new technology, its value, productivity and reasonable price acceptable to the farming community.

24.07.2008 |

Genetically altered Kellogg products target of boycott

The Flint couple are among those calling for a national consumer boycott against Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co., the world’s leading cereal maker, in an effort to block the use of genetically engineered sugar beets in products ranging from candy and breakfast cereal to bread. The Internet-based boycott is spreading mostly through Web sites dedicated to organic foods. ”Kellogg isn’t the only one. It’s just the one we’re going after,” said Kirby.

23.07.2008 |

South African application to field test GE tobacco to detect landmines

Scientists from the University of Stellenbosch have teamed up with Danish biotechnology firm Aresa to test a genetically engineered tobacco plant that turns red when it grows near land mines, offering hope of a cheap way to help clear fields in post-conflict zones. [...] Field trials are already under way in Serbia, and researchers from Stellenbosch have applied to the registrar of the Genetically Modified Organisms Act for permission to conduct similar research. Scientists want to assess how the genetically engineered tobacco responds to drought and extreme temperatures, Kempen said.

03.06.2008 |

Belgian colza fields contaminated with banned GMOs

Fifteen Belgian colza fields, owned by Bayer CropScience, have been contaminated by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) banned in Europe, the country's public health ministry announced Tuesday. The Bayer subsidiary, which specialises in improving crop yields, informed the Belgian authorities of the contamination, which happened last month during the planting of normal colza -- a crop similar to rapeseed and used in cattlefeed, cooking oil, machinery lubricant and, increasingly, as a biofuel. "The conventional seed lot was contaminated by five percent GMO colza," the statement said. A preliminary investigation carried out by the multinational put the problem down to "human error."

27.05.2008 |

How Africa’s media is pushing GM crops

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity. The big-bucks campaign has been picking up steam in East Africa in recent months with one announcement after another being made through compliant media outlets of grandiose initiatives aimed at helping the region’s countries to fight hunger.

22.05.2008 |

New Polish GMO bill would allow GMO-free zones

The environment ministry has prepared a new bill on GMO, which does not include a formal ban on the cultivation of transgenic plants, but provides tools which allow to practically exclude GMOs. Former environment minister professor Jan Szyszko said that the bill practically allows regions of Poland to remain GMO-free zones. Poland is seen as an ecologically clear country in the European Union, which produces more food than is needed in the country, but is restricted by EU quota.

28.04.2008 |

Honig, der Pollen des MON810-Maises enthält, ist bislang nicht verkehrsfähig

Griechenland verlängert Verbot des MON 810

Griechenland ist eines der Länder, wo der gentechnisch veränderte Mais der Linie MON 810, der in diesen Tag in Deutschland ausgebracht wird, verboten ist. Und das wird auch in den nächsten 2 Jahren so bleiben. Letzte Woche wurde das griechische Verbot verlängert und auf 70 Mais-Sorten ausgeweitet. Der griechische Agrarminister Alexandros Kondos begründete das Verbot mit möglichen gesundheitlichen Risiken sowie mit der Bedrohung für die Imkerei. In Griechenland werden ca. 16% des europäischen Honigs hergestellt.


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