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13.07.2011 |

Monsanto officials beaten up by Cotton farmers as Bt.cotton seed failed: Bogus Bt. cotton seed creates havoc in vidarbha

When news of arrival Monsanto senior official from Mumbai are in near village munjala cotton farmers of village karanji 140 K.m. from Nagpur has taken him to their field where complete failure of ‘Paras Sudarshan’ BT. cotton seed was shown to him when he failed to admit the lapse he was severely beaten up even local agriculture officer has not came to his rescue as per reports published in regional news papers. daily all regional papers in vidarbha and marathwada region of Maharashtra where more than 4 million hector are in under bt. cotton cultivation are reporting the flood of bogus seed supplied local agents of American cotton seed MNC giant

11.07.2011 |

Illegal GM maize ploughed under throughout Hungary

Some 400 hectares of maize have been destroyed throughout Hungary after the crops were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, the deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development in charge of supervision of the food supply chain and agricultural administration told MTI on Friday. [...] Authorities have been checking for GMO crops since the beginning of this year as a new regulation came in force this March which stipulates GMO checks before seeds are introduced to the market. The checks will continue despite the fact that seed traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

06.07.2011 |

European Parliament strengthens draft law to ban GM crops

Greenpeace EU agriculture policy adviser Stefanie Hundsdorfer said: “The European Parliament today added real punch to draft laws to protect our farms and food. But let’s not forget that GM contamination doesn’t respect borders. National bans are no substitute for thorough safety testing at a European level, something the EU is failing to do so far. We and a growing majority of the public remain seriously concerned about unanswered health and environmental questions around GM crops. Ecological farming is the correct response to the challenges of food security, climate change and long-term productivity.”

06.07.2011 |

Consumer rights victory as US ends opposition to GM labelling guidelines

Consumers International and its member organisations celebrated victory today as regulators from more than 100 countries agreed on long overdue guidance on the labelling of genetically modified food. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, made up of the world’s food safety regulatory agencies, has been labouring for two decades to come up with consensus guidance on this topic. In a striking reversal of their previous position, on Tuesday, during the annual Codex summit in Geneva, the US delegation dropped its opposition to the GM labelling guidance document, allowing it to move forward and become an official Codex text.

15.06.2011 |

Illegal GM rice spreads and prompts debate in China

Genetically modified rice has been spreading illegally for years in China, officials have admitted, triggering a debate on a sensitive aspect of the food security plan in the world’s most populous nation. [...] In January, the agriculture ministry said ”no genetically modified cereals are being grown in China” outside the test sites. But in April, an environment ministry official told the weekly Nanfang Zhoumo that a joint investigation by four government departments had found that ”illegal GM seeds are present in several provinces because of weak management”.

11.11.2010 |

Thüringen erklärt sich zur gentechnikfreien Region und tritt europäischem Netzwerk bei

Thüringens Sozialministerin Heike Taubert (SPD) hat den Beitritt Thüringens zum „Europäischen Netzwerk gentechnikfreier Regionen“ bekanntgegeben. Auf der 8. Konferenz des Netzwerkes am 23. November in Wien wird der Freistaat die "Charta gentechnikfreier Regionen" unterzeichnen. Damit ist Thüringen als einziges deutsches Bundesland im europäischen Netzwerk vertreten. Mit ihrem Beschluss entspricht die Landesregierung dem Willen der Mehrheit der Thüringer Bevölkerung.

27.10.2010 |

Carrefour launches 'non-GM' label

French retailer CARREFOUR has launched a new label "Nourri sans OGM" ("fed without GMOs"), which will be displayed on 300 different animal-based products, including pork, veal, poultry, eggs and farmed fish.

The company said studies found 63% of customers would stop consuming food products if they knew the products came from animals fed with GMOs.

15.10.2010 |

John Dalli
John Dalli

Council discussion on GMO proposal with Dalli on video

The environment council discussion about the EU Commissions proposal to change the GMO legislation allowing member states to take national decisions on the issue of GMO cultivation is video recorded at:

http://video.consilium.europa.eu/index.php?sessionno=3110&pl=2〈=EN

You can click on the positions of each member state and select a language they are translated to.

08.10.2010 |

Commission proposes 0,1% unapproved GMOs in feed imports

Eu Commissioner John Dalli proposes to accept in feed imports to the EU up to 0,1% of GMOs, which have not been approved in the Union. For food imports a zero tolerance was to remain in place. The proposal has been criticised by exporting countries as well as environmental watchdogs within the EU.

07.10.2010 |

Over 1 million signatures for EU GMO moratorium

Greenpeace and Avaaz have announced that over 1 million EU citizens have signed their European Citizens Initiative for a gmo free Europe and requested a formal hand over to Commission president Manuel Barroso.

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