Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


08.03.2007 |

Biofuels: An Advisable Strategy?

Biofuels have been an increasingly hot topic on the discussion table in the last few years. The main argument behind the policies in favour of biofuels is based on the idea that biofuels would not increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, a more careful analysis of the life cycle of biodiesel reveals that the energy (and CO2) savings is not so high as expected. It might even be negative.

06.03.2007 |

USDA bans contaminated rice variety

The U.S. Agriculture Department ordered seed dealers not to sell BASF"s "Clearfield" rice as it"s seeds are contaminated with Bayer"s illegal GM Rice LL 601. At the same time preliminary approval was given to grow a GM rice variety that contains human genes.

02.03.2007 |

Coexistence or Contradiction

A scientific analysis of the contradicting approaches and agricultural paradigms of European and national legislators, industry and GMO free Regions and movements on the issue of GM contamination and coexistence between GM and non-GM agriculture.

02.03.2007 |

Russia joins the battle over GM products

On July 1, the city of Moscow will introduce a voluntary system of food labels indicating that a product does not contain genetically modified ingredients. The city duma has declared Moscow a "gmo free region" and more Russian regions are expected to follow.

20.02.2007 |

EU ministers uphold Hungarians ban on Monsantos GM maize

With a two third majority EU environment ministers slapped down an attempt of the EU Commission to order Hungary to lift its ban on Monsanto"s GMO maize "Mon810", delivering a third stinging rebuff to the European Commission.

20.02.2007 |

Coexistence in the Nordic countries

A 46 page report by the Nordic Council of Ministers describes and compares regulations of coexistence between genetically modified (GM), conventional and organic crops in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

19.02.2007 |

GM Contamination Register update 2006

The GM contamination register, maintained by Greenpeace and GeneWatch UK, documents incidents of contamination arising from the intentional or accidental release of GMOs world wide, including illegal plantings. In 2006, records of twenty-four incidents were added to the register. The highest number in a year since 1996.

17.02.2007 |

75 percent of Germans reject GM food - 6,7 percent in favour

Genetically modified food products are not accepted by German consumers, according to a representative survey by Germanys leading institute on consumer research, GfK.

74.9% rejected the development and introduction of genetically modified foods as a matter of principle. At 6.7%, the number of protagonists was very low. 85.5% rejected animal products from animals which had been directly subjected to genetic modification, or indirectly affected by genetically modified feedstock.

05.02.2007 |

Hungary is optimistic to preserve the ban on GMOs

Hungary, one of the EU biggest grain producers, became the first country in eastern Europe to ban GMO crops or foods when it outlawed the planting of MON 810 maize seeds.

Hungary"s government sees now a good chance that an upcoming meeting of European Union environment ministers will allow it to maintain its ban on genetically modified crops.

05.02.2007 |

Syngenta under fire in Brazil GMO dispute

The Swiss multinational seed and crop science corporation, Syngenta AG, is in the crosshairs of an anti-transgenic seed dispute it might not win in Brazil. On Nov. 9, for the first time ever in a Latin America nation, Syngenta had one of its genetically modified crop research facilities shut down and expropriated by the Parana state government in southern Brazil. No financial figure has been given, but some estimate losses in the millions of dollars for Syngenta.


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