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09.09.2005 |

Co-existence, Contamination and GM-Free Zones : Jeopardising Consumer Choice?

An international conference on this issue was organised by Consumers International and the Region of Emilia-Romana. About 450 people from Europe, the USA and Asia attended and discussed scientific evidence on GM contamination and political strategies how to avoid it.</p><a href="http://www.consumersinternational.org/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=94114&int1stParentNodeID=89650&int2ndParentNodeID=89677&int3rdParentNodeID=92710&int4thParentNodeID=92710&int5thParentNodeID=92710&int6thParentNodeID=92710&int7thParentNodeID=92710&int8thParentNodeID=92710&strSubSite=1&strLHSMenu=89650">Consumers International - Appeal to EC and world for caution over GMO contamination</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foodconsumer.org/777/8/_GMO_and_consumer_experts_converge_in_Bologna.shtml">foodconsumers report</a></p><p><a href="http://www.consumersinternational.org/Templates/News.asp?NodeID=94236&int1stParentNodeID=89650&int2ndParentNodeID=89677">Conference website at Consumer International</a>

09.09.2005 |

Ukraine to ban GM Soya Imports

Ukraine's Farm Ministry said it would ask the government and the parliament to ban imports and planting of genetically modified soybeans in the country.</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32416/story.htm">Reuters: Ukraine Agriculture Ministry Seeks to Ban GMO Soy Imports</a>

07.09.2005 |

French farmers grew 500 ha of GM maize clandenstinly

Around 500 ha of GM maize have been grown in the South-West of France with EU approved GMO varieties (Monsanto's Mon810). As there is no French law on GM growing and co-existence in place yet the growing appears to be legal. The public is taken by surprise.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyID=2005-09-06T165944Z_01_MOL661056_RTRIDST_0_SCIENCE-FOOD-FRANCE-GMOS-DC.XML">Science Reuters: French farmers head for gene maize harvest</a></p><p><a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/20050906.FIG0248.html?070442">Figaro: OGM : déjà un millier d'hectares en France</a>

06.09.2005 |

Irish cattle and sheep farmers asociation calls for GM rape seed ban

After the EU Commission has ubber stamped imports of GM oilseed rape GT73 in August Irish farmers are concerned about their GM free status. The cattle and sheep farmers call for a national import ban on the GM rape seed.</p><p><a href="http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=154815916&p=y548y66zz">IOL: Farmers call for ban on imports of GM rape-seed oil</a>

02.09.2005 |

GMO free Balkan Congress

A Pan Balkan Congress on 26-27 November 2005 is planned on the subject: "Biodiversity, rural growth for clean environment free of G.M.O. - GMO free Balkans" by various NGOs of the Region. A preparatory meeting will be held in Thessaloniki September 10th. Contact: nogmo_balkan_soon@yahoo.gr</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/Downloads/gmofree_balkan_announce.pdf">Announcement and invitation</a>

01.09.2005 |

EU Commission authorises import of GM rape GT73

The European Commission has authorised the genetically modified oilseed rape GT73 for import and processing as animal feed. The authorisation is complemented by a recommendation to Monsanto on how to deal with accidental spillage if it should occur. 13 member states had voted against the approval, 6 in favour and 6 abstained. In June the Commission had to repeal an initial version of this authorisation for legal reasons.</p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/1077&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">Press release: GMOs: Commission authorises import of GM-oilseed rape for use in animal feed</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/HH_31_August_gmo.htm">Friends of the Earth: European Commission opens door to genetic contamination</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/dossier/fact_sheet_GT73.htm">Background: SOS Dossier on GT73</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/Downloads/nature_e_progres_1sept05.pdf">Nature et progres: Un non-sens environnemental, un non-sens économique (Fr)</a>

31.08.2005 |

EU Commission authorises import of GM rape GT73

The European Commission has authorised the genetically modified oilseed rape GT73 for import and processing as animal feed. The authorisation is complemented by a recommendation to Monsanto on how to deal with accidental spillage if it should occur. 13 member states had voted against the approval, 6 in favour and 6 abstained. In June the Commission had to repeal an initial version of this authorisation for legal reasons.</p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/1077&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">Press release: GMOs: Commission authorises import of GM-oilseed rape for use in animal feed</a></p><p><a href="http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-143619-16&type=News">EurActiv: European Commission approves GT73 amid safety doubts</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/dossier/fact_sheet_GT73.htm">Background: SOS Dossier on GT73</a>

15.08.2005 |

Munich signs gmo free regions petition

Christian Ude, the mayor of Munich, Germany's second largest city and capital of Bavaria has officially signed the GMO free Regions petition.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/petition.html">GMO free regions petition</a>

30.07.2005 |

Hungary: background on the GMO debate

While the Hungarian minister for economics is a frequent traveler to the US and sees great potential for biotech in his country the majority even in his own government seems to have different viewpoints.</p><p><a href="http://www.budapestsun.com/full_story.asp?ArticleId=%7bE1098906E4EC469CA71C7F07BA2FF21F%7d&From=News">The Budapest Sun: Science is split on GMOs</a>

19.07.2005 |

Spanish government issues co-existence decree

The Spanish government has proposed detailed rules for co-existence of GM and non-GM crops including minimum buffer zones of 50 m and authority for some additional regional measures. The decree also provides for a national survey and report the issue. It was strongly criticised by environment organisations, reports the US embassy, which obviously doesn't like these measures.</p><p><a href="http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200507/146130388.pdf">FAS: US embassy attache report</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mapya.es/a_pag_principal/notas/pag.asp?codi=3116_AH190705">Government Press release and link to presentation (in Spanish)</a>

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