2005-12-10 |

French Court acquits GMO protesters

A court in Orleans has acquitted for the first time 49 "faucheurs volontaires" who had destroyed GM maize fields. The judges said the protesters "proved that they committed voluntary acts of damage on the goods of a third party in response to the needs of the situation ... a necessity driven by the uncontrolled release of modified genes that constitutes a real and present danger, and may be a source of undesired contamination and pollution".</p><p><a href="">EuroNews : French court acquits anti-GMO protesters</a></p><p><a href="">Collectif des Faucheurs Volontaires d'OGM (F)</a></p><p><a href="">Nouvelle Observateur: Le tribunal correctionnel d'Orléans relaxe 49 faucheurs d'OGM (F)</a>

2005-12-09 |

Iceland: New GE Campaign Website

The GE campaign has launched a new website (in English), providing information and feedback on the situation in Iceland.</p><p><a href="">Campaign Website</a></p><p><a href="">GMOs in Iceland - The Present State of Affairs</a>

2005-12-09 |

Ireland: Coexistence Report Published

The Irish Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., announced the publishing of the 'Report on Coexistence of GM and non-GM Crops in Ireland' and invites observations from interested parties. The report is available on the Department's website.</p><p><a href="">Department of Agriculture and Food</a></p><p><a href="">Report: Coexistence of GM and non-GM Crops in Ireland</a>

2005-12-01 |

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="">Bloomberg: EU Ministers Fail to Agree on Monsanto Modified Corn</a></p><p><a href="">Reuters: EU Eyes WTO Case to Drive Policy Forward on GMOs</a></p><p><a href="">EurActive: Loophole clears way for GM maize approval</a></p><p><a href="">EU Press Release</a></p><p><a href="">Greenpeace briefing on key issues on the Ministers agenda</a>

2005-12-01 |

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="">Friends of the Earth: Give us the right to ban GM foods</a>

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