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01.12.2005 |

EU Environment ministers fail to agree on GMO approval and debate next steps

EU environment ministers failed to agree on another GMO approval at their meeting on 2 December in Brussels. 14 countries voted against licensing the import of Monsantos Mon 863 x Mon 810 hybrid, missing however the required qualified majority for rejecting the Commissions proposal to approve the GMO. 8 countries voted in favour and 3 abstained. Ministers also discussed the next steps on the Communities general policy on GMO approvals. Pro GM Commissioners and EU governments seem to put their hope on a pending WTO ruling against the EU, expected in January 2006.</p><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000082&sid=aZeRr993zHGw&refer=canada">Bloomberg: EU Ministers Fail to Agree on Monsanto Modified Corn</a></p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/33790/story.htm">Reuters: EU Eyes WTO Case to Drive Policy Forward on GMOs</a></p><p><a href="http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-150355-16&type=News">EurActive: Loophole clears way for GM maize approval</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/05/462&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">EU Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/GP_NextStepsBriefing0512.pdf">Greenpeace briefing on key issues on the Ministers agenda</a>

01.12.2005 |

FoE is calling EU ministers to allow the ban on GMOs

In a press release Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on EU Environment Ministers to allow Europeans to ban GM foods and crops, similar to the example of Switzerland. Because virtually no-one in the EU wants GM food, and EU Ministers should give Regions and citizens the right to ban these foods.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/HH_01_Dec_GMOs.htm">Friends of the Earth: Give us the right to ban GM foods</a>

30.11.2005 |

GM-free Regions Network issues the Declaration of Rennes

In line with a conference in Rennes the members of the GM-free Network have endorsed a declaration which expresses their ambitions and demands to EU authorities. The declaration also outlines further actions and prospects for the future.</p><p>Declaration of Rennes<a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_en_051130.pdf"> en</a></p><p><a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_fr_051130.pdf">fr</a></p><p><a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_dt_051130.pdf">dt</a>

29.11.2005 |

Austria to launch EU-wide GMO debate after Swiss referendum

Austria is planning to hold a pan-European debate about genetically-modified farming, following strong Swiss support for a five-year ban on gene technology in a referendum on November 27.Vienna will take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency in January and aims to host a conference about GM crops on 4-5 April, the country's agriculture minister Josef Proell has announced.</p><p><a href="http://euobserver.com/9/20431">EU Observer</a>

28.11.2005 |

Swiss adopt five-year GMO farming ban

Switzerland voted in favor of a five-year ban on the farming of genetically modified plants and animals on Sunday, putting in place some of the toughest restrictions in Europe. Official results showed that 55.7 percent of voters accepted the proposal to impose a five-year moratorium.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticleSearch.aspx?storyID=110259+27-Nov-2005+RTRS&srch=swiss+GMO"> Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=6271553&cKey=1133121023000&rss=true">Swiss Info: Swiss consumers side with GM opponents</a></p><p><a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/27/news/swiss.php">International Herald Tribune: Swiss back ban on modified crops</a>

24.11.2005 |

EU Commission authorises Danish GM contamination fund

The EU Commission has authorised a Danish law which provides for compensation of farmers for their financial losses, if their crops have been contaminated with GMOs. The compensation would come from a fund, which is financed by farmers cultivating GM crops.</p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/1458&forma">EU: Commission authorises Danish state aid to compensate for losses due to presence of GMOs in conventional and organic crops</a>

20.11.2005 |

Business: Monsanto/Cargill joint venture to produce gm animal feed

Renessen, an animal feed joint venture of Monsanto and commodity giant Cargill has announced its first product for 2007/2008: Maize with high lysine content to replace additives in industrial animal production. However, the company, so far having lost 445 mio US $ still faces considerable challenges.</p><p><a href="http://www.dailyitem.com/archive/2005/1115/biz/stories/02biz.htm">Business News: Corn genetically engineered for animal feed to be marketed</a>

19.11.2005 |

Australia: GM pea research stopped after mice fell ill

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the stop of 10 years of research into genetically modified peas because they caused lung inflammation in mice. The peas were designed to kill the pea weevil - Bruchus pisorum - by introduction of a bean gene to block alpha-amylase, an enzyme important for digestion of starch. Weevil larvae feeding on the pea seed are unable to digest the starch and starve. While the gene product does not cause any immune reactions in beans it obviously did in the peas. The researchers suspect the subtle change with massive consequences to be caused by a process called glycosylation, which plays a major role in protein folding. The GM peas were also resistant to Bayer's herbicide "Basta".</p><p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/technology/feeds/afx/2005/11/17/afx2345014.html">AFX News:Australian researchers scrap GM peas after mice fall ill</a></p><p><a href="http://www.csiro.au/index.asp?id=212GM&type=mediaRelease">CSIRO press release</a>

18.11.2005 |

Poland: Greenpeace blocks GMO shipment

Rough seas on Thursday forced Greenpeace activists to give up a blockade of a ship they say carried 25,000 tonnes of genetically modified Argentinian soya to Poland. However an "unlikely coalition" is emerging against GM imports in Poland.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-11-17T201037Z_01_SCH772582_RTRUKOC_0_US-FOOD-POLAND-GMO.xml&archived=False">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.radio.com.pl/polonia/article.asp?tId=29912&j=2">Polish Radio: Greepeace and the conservative government form an unlikely alliance</a>

17.11.2005 |

Swiss to Vote on Five-Year GMO Ban

Swiss voters go to the polls on November 27 to review a measure that would impose one of the strictest bans in Europe on the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The referendum, if approved, would impose a five-year moratorium on the cultivation of any plant or import of any animal whose genes have been altered in the laboratory.</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/33477/story.htm">Reuters</a>

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