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07.06.2006 |

BASF boss tells Wales to leave the EU

Hans Kast, chairman of EuropaBio and CEO of BASF, said European countries which did not want approved GM goods "should get out of the EU and say we want to be on our own."When asked, in an interview for eupolitix.com, about the aspiration for a GM-free Wales, he said, "I have not heard that the people of Wales want to be GM free. Would Wales be allowed to say we don't want to have cars?"</p><p><a href="http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0300business/0100news/tm_objectid=17170433&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=biotech-boss-slams-gm-free-wales-name_page.html">icWales: - Biotech boss slams GM-free Wales</a></p><p><a href="http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/Interviews/200605/27eeedea-65a3-4b79-b57d-83467c4ff13d.htm">Europolitics.com: Interview with Hans Kast</a>

01.06.2006 |

vacant EFSA position on GMO risk assessment

<a href="http://www.efsa.eu.int/opportunities/recruitment/1508_en.html">EFSA: Call for expressions of interest for a position within EFSA - Senior Scientific Officer for the Unit on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Unit)</a>

31.05.2006 |

EU: EFSA scientific panel shake up

The scientific panel on GMOs of the European Food Safety authority is about to be re-appointed. The 21 scientists from 13 countries have been frequently accused of rubber stamping GMO approvals and neglecting critical science. "EFSA is now installing a new set of scientists and this time, public health and environmental safety must be put before the interests of big business," demanded Friends of the Earth.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_30_May_EFSA.htm">FoE: Friends of the Earth demands sacking of industry scientists inEFSA shake up</a>

26.05.2006 |

Austrian region of Styria adopts landmark GMO law

For the first time an EU member states region has adopted precautionary legal provisions on co-existence, which require the prevention of any GM contamination in neighboring fields at a level of 0,1%. This flies in the face of the EU Commissions position that co-existence measures should be no stricter than ensuring prevention of 0,9% contamination. The co-existence provisions, which under Austrian law are being set at the regional level, also require mandatory regional approval of GM planting and provide for special measures against impairment of protected areas.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/fileadmin/files/styria_gmo_law_2006_en.pdf">Styrian GMO law (English translation)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/fileadmin/files/austria_steiermark_gesetz_2006.pdf">Steiermärkisches Gentechnik-Vorsorgegesetz, 2006 (German original)</a>

24.05.2006 |

Greece: Why all political parties reject GMOs

<p>"The environment minister who gives in and allows GMOs into this country will never be minister again," Nikos Lappas, head of Greece's largest farmers' union, told the International Herald Tribune.</p><p><a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/23/news/gmo.php">IHT: In EU, front lines in food war</a></p>

24.05.2006 |

Ireland: BASF withdraws potato experiment

BASF annonced it will not go ahead with its controversialGMO potato experiment in the Irish County of Meath this year, and may cancel it altogether, according to GMO free Ireland.The obligations to reduce therisk of cross-contamination and to pay the costs of an independentmonitoring of health and environmental impacts were inacceptable BASF complained.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/press/GMFI26.pdf">GMfree Ireland: BASF admits defeat of GMO potato experiment</a>

22.05.2006 |

EU Council of Ministers starts next round on Coexistence

The EU Council on Agriculture and Fisheries will discuss within the next days the controversy on seed threshholds, sustainability and the labelling of organic products.</p><p><a href="http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200605/e55ecae4-d5b2-4f32-a04f-3f488438be81.htm">Europolitix.com: Organic food and GM crops top EU agriculture bill</a></p><p><a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/agricult/89630.pdf">EU Council: Background Agriculture and Fisheries Council 22 May 2006</a></p><p><a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/cms3_applications/Applications/newsRoom/loadbook.asp?BID=1000&LANG=1&cmsId=364">EU Council: List of preparatory papers</a>

17.05.2006 |

More reactions on the WTO verdict on the EU GMO moratorium

While the Financial Express in India claims that WTO plays god over transgenics right at the moment when India is busy finalising its labeling norms on GMOs, the American Soygrowers Association considers the EU traceability and labeling review a whitewash</p><p><a href="http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=127073">The Financial Express India</a></p><p><a href="http://www.soygrowers.com/newsroom/r051006b.htm">ASA (American Soygrowers Association)</a>

17.05.2006 |

EFSA to cooperate on GMO risk assessment

Scientific experts from European Union member states yesterday met with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to discuss ways to strengthen scientific co-operation in the risk assessment of GMOs.The meeting was set up to address concerns of member states about certain aspects of the risk assessment process for genetically modified organisms.The two primary issues raised by the member states were the desire to be more involved in EFSAs assessment approach, as well as a request for feedback on how their comments are taken into account.</p><p><a href="http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/news/ng.asp?n=67719-efsagmos-risk-assessment">Nutraingredients USA</a>

16.05.2006 |

Italian Farmers Association: We don't need GMOs

Our agriculture doesn't need GMO, said CIA (Italian farmers association) president Giuseppe Politi, reasserting the association's position on this issue, speaking in Rome at the convention on GMO "Grano o grane: Ogm alla prova di Governo". Politi said that CIA's commitment "is to focus on cornerstones such as quality, differentiated supply, tradition, food security, respect of public health norms, information, traceability, rules, safeguard of biodiversity and environment, technique innovation and a more rational use of chemistry and research.</p><p><a href="http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200605101806-1207-RT1-CRO-0-NF51&page=0&id=agionline-eng.arab">AGI online</a>

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