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24.09.2010 |

Roundup sprayed on GM soy causes health problems and environmental damage in Argentina

Argentine people whose lives have been affected by glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide spraying on genetically modified Roundup Ready soy have told their stories in a series of interviews. One interviewee is Viviana Peralta, a housewife from San Jorge, Santa Fe, Argentina. Peralta had to rush her newborn baby daughter, Ailen, to hospital after Roundup and other agrochemicals were sprayed on GM soy from planes flying near her home.

23.09.2010 |

Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's best-selling weedkiller Roundup, causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union. This is reported in research (1) published by a group around Professor Andrés Carrasco, director of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School and member of Argentina's National Council of Scientific and Technical Research.

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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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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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 |

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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 |

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re-introducing Bt brinjal?? (Photo: brixi-ix/pixelio.de)

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 |

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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.

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