2005-03-23 |

Syngenta unapproved GM maize Bt 10 sold world wide

For four years GMO giant Syngenta sold and used a Bt maize variety, which had never been approved. "All current plantings and seed stock have been identified and either destroyed or isolated for future destruction," the company announced and said the unapproved "Bt10" maize could have been exported to Canada, Argentina, Japan, South Africa, Uruguay, the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Russia, and South Korea. Hull said Syngenta informed the U.S. government about the mix-up between the Bt10 and Bt11 varieties in "mid-December," but did not inform the public because "this is not a food safety issue whatsoever." EU official played down the significance of the problem</p><p><a href="">Saveourseeds Dossier on the Syngenta case (continously updated)</a></p><p><a href="">Washington Post: Syngenta Says It Sold Wrong Biotech Corn</a></p><p><a href="">Dow Jones: USDA Investigates Sale Of Unapproved Corn Seed By Syngenta</a></p><p><a href="">Nature: US launches probe into sales of unapproved transgenic corn</a></p><p><a href="">Syngenta statement</a></p><p><a href="">Friends of the Earth Press Release</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: EU Says Unapproved Syngenta GMO Maize Sets No Risk</a>

2005-03-22 |

EU-Commission confirms position on GMO legislative

The new European Commission agreed today to:- push through new approvals of GM foods irrespective of the lack of consensus of EU member states- submit to the Environment Council proposals to force countries to lift their bans on GM products- go ahead with the approval of new GM crops also for cultivationNo agreement was reported on co-existence and seed purity issues</p><p><a href="">Commission statement</a></p><p><a href="">Internal Commission orientation Paper</a></p><p><a href="">Commission: Questions and Answers on the Regulation of GMOs in the European Union</a></p><p><a href="">Friends of the Earth PR: European Commission to ram GM foods through</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters via PlanetArk: EU States Overruled on GMOs by Own Deadlock</a></p><p><a href="">EU Observer: Commission set to push ahead with new GMOs</a>

2005-03-21 |

Poland bans GM maize Mon 810

Poland has officially decided to ban the release of the only remaining EU approved GM maize, Monsantos Mon810. It joins Hungary and Austria, who have already banned the variety</p><p><a href="">Int. Herald Tribune: Poland bans biotech maize</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: Poland to ban Monsanto GMO maize seed</a></p><p><a href="">Greenpeace Press Release</a>

2005-03-21 |

EU: NGOs demand new GMO policy in Brussels

Major European NGOs demanded a new GMO policy from the EU Commission, respecting the public opinion and needs of European farmers and regions. They especially criticised the Commissions co-existence approach. A legal opinion presented accuses the Commission of "advising Member States to adopt coexistence measures that are incompatible with the aims of present EU legislation"</p><p><a href="">Press release</a></p><p><a href="">Legal advise, Paul Lasok</a></p><p><a href="">Greenpeace, FOE, Soil association et. al: Open letter to EU Commissioners</a>

2005-03-19 |

Half of Poland Declares Itself GMO Free

Mazowieckie Province (with capitol Warsaw),with a population of over five million, has become the sixth Province in Poland whose local authorities have passed a resolution declaring themselves a GMO Free Zone.Similar decisions were made by the boards of Podkarpackie, Malopolska (Krakow), Podlaskie (Bialystok), Lubelskie (Lublin) and Kajawsko-Pomorskie (Torun). Further, strong declarations of intent against GMO's have been made by the main farmers organisation in Donaslaskie. Together with single communities in different parts of Poland, in total almost half the Polish population are now living in an area where local authorities have declared GMO Free Zones.Another four Provinces are currently taking steps in this direction</p><p><a href="">Source: ICPPC</a>

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