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28.09.2010 |

EU’s big states confirm opposition to Brussels’ GM crop plans

At a meeting of EU farm ministers in Brussels on Monday, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain all expressed grave doubts over the viability of the plan, and questioned its conformity with the bloc’s internal market rules. ”I don’t think that we can expect a compromise or a consensus over the next couple of months -- a great deal more work is going to have to be done,” Belgian agriculture minister Sabine Laruelle, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards.

27.09.2010 |

Farm minister discuss GM crops rules in Brussels

EU farm ministers are gathering in Brussels today (27 September) to debate a proposed rule change that would allow officials to accelerate authorisations for 15 new transgenic crops while letting those who want to keep them off their territories do so. The idea has attracted controversy for being the first time that the commission is overtly handing back a power to member states. "To put it bluntly, no member state has yet come up with a convincing reason based on science for blocking GM cultivation on its territory," Dalli's spokesman Frederic Vincent insists. For Mute Schimpf, an expert with Brussels-based campaigners Friends of the Earth Europe, consumers are being sold a dummy. She maintains that "the idea is to press ahead with the next batch of authorisations." "The difficulty is that this is virgin territory, the commission doesn't want do the full legal analysis" other countries would like performed before voting, admits an EU official.

27.09.2010 |

Public opinion stopped GM, says campaigner

The tide has turned globally against the introduction of genetically modified crops, Lord Melchett, the former director of Greenpeace and campaigner for organic farming and food, said yesterday. Fifteen years ago, many governments thought GM crops and food would become the norm, but it has not happened because of rising public resistance around the world, and it will not happen, he said.

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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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.

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