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22.12.2005

Belarus: GM labelling decree enters into force

Labelling of genetically modified food is now law in Belarus. The Belarus government issued a decree requiring labelling of GMOs in spring this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.consumersinternational.org/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=94824&int1stParentNodeID=89650&int2ndParentNodeID=89677&int3rdParentNodeID=92710&int4thParentNodeID=92710&int5thParentNodeID=92710&int6thParentNodeID=92710&int7thParentNodeID=92710&int8thParentNodeID=92710&strSubSite=1&strLHSMenu=89650">Consumers International</a>

15.12.2005

Has the EU already lost the WTO dispute on GMOs?

NGO Campaigners at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hongkong delivered a petition "WTO: Hands Off Our Food" signed by more than 135,000 citizens from 100 countries and more than 740 organisations representing 60 million people against the US driven trade dispute over precautionary EU GMO legislation. WTO Deputy Director General Alejandro Jara at the handover refused to comment on earlier statements of former WTO chief Supachai that the WTO dispute panel had already decided against the EU. The official verdict is expected in January 2006. International activists Vandana Shiva and Jose Bove announced a global campaign against Monsanto: "This is not a case of US versus the EU, but clearly Monsanto versus the civil society".</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/AW_14_Dec_Bite_back.htm">Friends of the Earth: Bite back</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/biteback/pics/transatlantic_trade_dispute_media_briefing.pdf">FOE briefing on the US vs. EU WTO GMO dispute</a></p><p><a href="http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=66760">Kerala News: Vandana Shiva takes fight against Monsanto to Hong Kong</a>

10.12.2005

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="http://euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=325334&lng=1">EuroNews : French court acquits anti-GMO protesters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.monde-solidaire.org/spip/auteur.php3?id_auteur=869">Collectif des Faucheurs Volontaires d'OGM (F)</a></p><p><a href="http://permanent.nouvelobs.com/societe/20051209.FAP1911.html?1716">Nouvelle Observateur: Le tribunal correctionnel d'Orléans relaxe 49 faucheurs d'OGM (F)</a>

09.12.2005

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="http://www.erfdabreytt.net/main.asp">Campaign Website</a></p><p><a href="http://www.erfdabreytt.net/en_default2.asp?strAction=getPublication&intPublId=195">GMOs in Iceland - The Present State of Affairs</a>

09.12.2005

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="http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/index.jsp?file=pressrel/2005/239-2005.xml">Department of Agriculture and Food</a></p><p><a href="http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/index.jsp?file=publicat/publications2005/gm_coexistence/index.xml">Report: Coexistence of GM and non-GM Crops in Ireland</a>

01.12.2005

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="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000082&sid=aZeRr993zHGw&refer=canada">Bloomberg: EU Ministers Fail to Agree on Monsanto Modified Corn</a></p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/33790/story.htm">Reuters: EU Eyes WTO Case to Drive Policy Forward on GMOs</a></p><p><a href="http://www.euractiv.com/Article?tcmuri=tcm:29-150355-16&type=News">EurActive: Loophole clears way for GM maize approval</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/05/462&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">EU Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/GP_NextStepsBriefing0512.pdf">Greenpeace briefing on key issues on the Ministers agenda</a>

01.12.2005

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="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2005/HH_01_Dec_GMOs.htm">Friends of the Earth: Give us the right to ban GM foods</a>

30.11.2005

GM-free Regions Network issues the Declaration of Rennes

In line with a conference in Rennes the members of the GM-free Network have endorsed a declaration which expresses their ambitions and demands to EU authorities. The declaration also outlines further actions and prospects for the future.</p><p>Declaration of Rennes<a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_en_051130.pdf"> en</a></p><p><a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_fr_051130.pdf">fr</a></p><p><a href="http://www.keine-gentechnik.de/bibliothek/zonen/positionen/gmo_network_declaration_rennes_dt_051130.pdf">dt</a>

29.11.2005

Austria to launch EU-wide GMO debate after Swiss referendum

Austria is planning to hold a pan-European debate about genetically-modified farming, following strong Swiss support for a five-year ban on gene technology in a referendum on November 27.Vienna will take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency in January and aims to host a conference about GM crops on 4-5 April, the country's agriculture minister Josef Proell has announced.</p><p><a href="http://euobserver.com/9/20431">EU Observer</a>

28.11.2005

Swiss adopt five-year GMO farming ban

Switzerland voted in favor of a five-year ban on the farming of genetically modified plants and animals on Sunday, putting in place some of the toughest restrictions in Europe. Official results showed that 55.7 percent of voters accepted the proposal to impose a five-year moratorium.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticleSearch.aspx?storyID=110259+27-Nov-2005+RTRS&srch=swiss+GMO"> Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=6271553&cKey=1133121023000&rss=true">Swiss Info: Swiss consumers side with GM opponents</a></p><p><a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/27/news/swiss.php">International Herald Tribune: Swiss back ban on modified crops</a>