Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture


28.07.2008 |

Monsanto advises Government of Pakistan on Bt cotton introduction

The government has constituted a committee on Thursday to finalise a roadmap for introduction of new variety of Bt-Cotton that will lead to enhance cotton production in the country. The committee will forward its recommendations within a week time to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, which will later on consult the stakeholders and will take final decision about introduction of latest technology of Bt-Cotton. Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) and Monsanto— a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation— are members of the committee, who will assess the over all situation relating to transfer of new technology, its value, productivity and reasonable price acceptable to the farming community.

24.07.2008 |

Genetically altered Kellogg products target of boycott

The Flint couple are among those calling for a national consumer boycott against Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co., the world’s leading cereal maker, in an effort to block the use of genetically engineered sugar beets in products ranging from candy and breakfast cereal to bread. The Internet-based boycott is spreading mostly through Web sites dedicated to organic foods. ”Kellogg isn’t the only one. It’s just the one we’re going after,” said Kirby.

23.07.2008 |

South African application to field test GE tobacco to detect landmines

Scientists from the University of Stellenbosch have teamed up with Danish biotechnology firm Aresa to test a genetically engineered tobacco plant that turns red when it grows near land mines, offering hope of a cheap way to help clear fields in post-conflict zones. [...] Field trials are already under way in Serbia, and researchers from Stellenbosch have applied to the registrar of the Genetically Modified Organisms Act for permission to conduct similar research. Scientists want to assess how the genetically engineered tobacco responds to drought and extreme temperatures, Kempen said.

03.06.2008 |

Belgian colza fields contaminated with banned GMOs

Fifteen Belgian colza fields, owned by Bayer CropScience, have been contaminated by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) banned in Europe, the country's public health ministry announced Tuesday. The Bayer subsidiary, which specialises in improving crop yields, informed the Belgian authorities of the contamination, which happened last month during the planting of normal colza -- a crop similar to rapeseed and used in cattlefeed, cooking oil, machinery lubricant and, increasingly, as a biofuel. "The conventional seed lot was contaminated by five percent GMO colza," the statement said. A preliminary investigation carried out by the multinational put the problem down to "human error."

27.05.2008 |

How Africa’s media is pushing GM crops

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity. The big-bucks campaign has been picking up steam in East Africa in recent months with one announcement after another being made through compliant media outlets of grandiose initiatives aimed at helping the region’s countries to fight hunger.

22.05.2008 |

New Polish GMO bill would allow GMO-free zones

The environment ministry has prepared a new bill on GMO, which does not include a formal ban on the cultivation of transgenic plants, but provides tools which allow to practically exclude GMOs. Former environment minister professor Jan Szyszko said that the bill practically allows regions of Poland to remain GMO-free zones. Poland is seen as an ecologically clear country in the European Union, which produces more food than is needed in the country, but is restricted by EU quota.

28.04.2008 |

Honig, der Pollen des MON810-Maises enthält, ist bislang nicht verkehrsfähig

Griechenland verlängert Verbot des MON 810

Griechenland ist eines der Länder, wo der gentechnisch veränderte Mais der Linie MON 810, der in diesen Tag in Deutschland ausgebracht wird, verboten ist. Und das wird auch in den nächsten 2 Jahren so bleiben. Letzte Woche wurde das griechische Verbot verlängert und auf 70 Mais-Sorten ausgeweitet. Der griechische Agrarminister Alexandros Kondos begründete das Verbot mit möglichen gesundheitlichen Risiken sowie mit der Bedrohung für die Imkerei. In Griechenland werden ca. 16% des europäischen Honigs hergestellt.

22.04.2008 |

EU may delay decision in May on growing GM crops

The European Commission may again put off a decision on whether farmers can grow more genetically modified crops when it holds a long-awaited biotech policy debate in May, officials said on Monday. After months of expectation, the Commission has finally set May 7 for debating its biotech policy, centered around what has been called the ”Dimas package”: EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, one of the most GMO-wary commissioners. Cultivation of GM crops is expected to be at the top of the agenda, with three applications long overdue for consideration, one lawsuit filed against the Commission and another threatened.

28.03.2008 |

Romania is 7th European country to say ’No’ to GE MON810 maize

Greenpeace welcomes the Romanian Government’s landmark decision to ban genetically engineered (GE) maize, announced today. The move is particularly significant as GE maize is the only commercially cultivated GE crop permitted in Europe. Mr Attila Korodi’s, Minister of Environment and Durable Development, announcement banning Monsanto’s GE maize MON 810, makes Europe’s largest per hectare maize producer GE-free. Romania is the seventh of Europe’s leading maize producers to ban the growing of GE varieties, following France, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Greece and Poland.

17.03.2008 |

Brazilain soybean harvest to exceed 60 Mill tonnes, 59% GMO-free

Soybean production in the 2007/08 crop is estimated at 62.416 million tonnes (t.). [...] The result showed that 59.1% of the analyzed crops used transgenic crops. The South region topped the ranking with 82.1% of the crops planted with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


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