Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


05.10.2006 |

EU to require mandatory tests of U.S. rice imports

The European Union is set to introduce mandatory tests of rice imports from the United States following the finding of an unauthorised GMO strain in recentweeks, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

03.10.2006 |

WTO GM food ruling ignores safety question

The WTO has ruled that the EU's GM food ban was illegal, but has failed to uphold some of the charges levelled by the US, Canada and Argentina.

The 1,000-page final report, which was made public last week, reiterated the dispute panel verdict that the European Union's six-year moratorium on imports of genetically modified food and crops was illegal.

29.09.2006 |

Transatlantic biotech trade war: "No Winners" says FoEE as WTO makes ruling public

Friends of the Earth Europe has today called for alternative ways to deal with environmental trade disputes. The call comes as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) publishes its final ruling on the transatlantic trade dispute on genetically modified foods. Friends of the Earth Europe believes that there will be "no clear winners but many losers" in today's ruling, the longest in WTO history.

28.09.2006 |

Portugal: Loulé declares itself GMO free

The municipality of Loulé has declared itself GMO free and aims to join the network of European GMO free regions. The Metropolitan Committee of the Algarve (AMAL) intends to declare the whole region GMO free soon.

24.09.2006 |

France: GMO law withdrawn

The french minister of agriculture, Dominique Bussereau, announced that a contentious law project on GMOs, which would implement European directives and also regulate co-existence, will not be submitted to the Parliament for a second reading. Instead the EU directive would be implemented by means of government decrees to avoid EU penalties. A new law proposal would be submitted later, "as the president decides". It is unlikely that this will happen before the presidential elections next year.

21.09.2006 |

GM Rice: further illegal shipments from the US detected

Europe's problems with shipments of unauthorized genetically modified rice have taken a turn for the worse as, once more, U.S. shipments declared as GE-free were tested positive for an illegal biotech strain. Environmental Organisations like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth ask the EU and all their member states to stop all rice imports from the US.

20.09.2006 |

Demand for non-GMO lecithin remains strong, supply improves

Lecithin suppliers report strong demand and adequate supply for non-GMO, identity preserved lecithin with raw material coming mainly from Brazil. The GMO issue continues to impact the supply of non-GMO lecithin. Some food manufacturers are using alternatives to lecithin due to GMO concerns and to avoid allergen labeling.

19.09.2006 |

EU: Once more no decision on GMO policy

European Union governments clashed three times on Monday on genetically modified foods and crops. A majority of EU member states voted against a European Commission proposal to force Hungary to lift a ban on the cultivation of a genetically engineered maize. Also, a decision on the approval of a genetically engineered oilseed rape ended in a deadlock during a meeting of EU Farm Ministers.

16.09.2006 |

EFSA: Insufficient data for LL601 rice risk assessment

The GMO Panel of the European Food Safety authority, EFSA, has evaluated the available scientific data on LLRICE601 and issued a statement that there is insufficient data to provide a full risk assessment.

15.09.2006 |

EU votes on Bayer's GM oilseed rape and Hungarian ban on GM maize

EU governments face two key decisions next week on genetically

modified (GMO) foods, against a backdrop of rising concern that

unauthorised biotech varieties have found their way into Europe, officials

said on Thursday.


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