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17.11.2006 |

EU Committee of the Regions draft opinion coexistence

The EU's Committee of the Regions opinion on the Commissions Report on national measures concerning the coexistence of genetically modified crops with conventional and organic farming - COM(2006) 104 final - will be adopted in plenary on December 6th. It calls for zero tolerance of GMOs in conventional seeds, for extended rights of the regional governments on co-existence measures and doubts that co-existence will actually be feasible in many cases. The draft is now available in many languages (agenda point 6).

10.11.2006 |

Commission decision to approve Amflora starch potatoe expected in December

The pending approval for commercial release of a genetically modified potatoe, which has been developed by Amylogene, Sweden, now taken over by BASF, Germany, would be the first EU approval for cultivation of a GMO since 1998.

06.11.2006 |

Brazil biotech commission: No approval on corn, cotton GMO

Brazil's biosafety commission, CTNBio, was unable to reach a consensus Wednesday regarding technical studies on transgenic cotton and corn seeds from Bayer CropScience, Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta Seeds (SYT), a CTNBio spokeswoman said Thursday. CTNBio meets monthly and is responsible for accepting field tests on genetically modified crops. The group's scientists conduct independent studies and analysis on whether the biotech product is harmful to the environment or human consumption. Final commercial approval depends on political and economic decisions made by a consensus of various government departments.

30.10.2006 |

GM Rice - the continuing story

The European Union has now ruled that all long grain rice imports from the United States must now be tested for illegal genetically modified material before they are allowed to enter Europe.

30.10.2006 |

Mexico Shuts the Door on GM Maize

Mexico has moved to ban experimental fields of genetically modified (GM) maize. But the gateway into Mexico of transgenic maize, in the form of unlabeled grain imports, remains ajar.

27.10.2006 |

Dossier on BASF's starch potato EH92-527-1

The pending approval for commercial release of a genetically modified potatoe, which has been developed by Amylogene, Sweden, now taken over by BASF, Germany, would be the first EU approval for cultivation of a GMO since 1998. A proposal of the EU Commission is expected very soon.

25.10.2006 |

Italy: Region of Lazio's GMO free status approved

The Council of Latio has adopted, with only two abstentions and no votes against, a law which prohibits the growing of GMOs in the region as well as their sale in kindergartens, schools, hospitals and other public catering places.

20.10.2006 |

Mexico plans regulations for GM maize field trials and refuses current requests

Mexico this week barred Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology companies from planting genetically engineered corn. But the government will establish rules within two weeks allowing biotech companies to plant test crops of genetically modified maize.

13.10.2006 |

European Commission Urges Poland to Change GMO Law

EuropeanCommission is going to send a formal letter to the Polish authorities tonotify them that the law on genetically modified organisms (GMO) doesnot comply with EU requirements. The law prohibits cultivation and tradein GMOs. Polish government has two months to send an explanation. Shouldit fail to amend the law on time, Poland could be facing a Court ofJustice trial and a sizeable fine.

09.10.2006 |

EU Commission re-submits proposals on GMOs to Council

The European Commission decided today to re-submit to the EU Council of Ministers proposals to lift the ban imposed by Austria on the marketing of two authorised genetically modified maize varieties, MON810 and T25. Austria introduced these bans under Directive 90/220/EEC in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The Council can either adopt or reject the proposals with a qualified majority.

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