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20.11.2005

Business: Monsanto/Cargill joint venture to produce gm animal feed

Renessen, an animal feed joint venture of Monsanto and commodity giant Cargill has announced its first product for 2007/2008: Maize with high lysine content to replace additives in industrial animal production. However, the company, so far having lost 445 mio US $ still faces considerable challenges.</p><p><a href="http://www.dailyitem.com/archive/2005/1115/biz/stories/02biz.htm">Business News: Corn genetically engineered for animal feed to be marketed</a>

19.11.2005

Australia: GM pea research stopped after mice fell ill

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the stop of 10 years of research into genetically modified peas because they caused lung inflammation in mice. The peas were designed to kill the pea weevil - Bruchus pisorum - by introduction of a bean gene to block alpha-amylase, an enzyme important for digestion of starch. Weevil larvae feeding on the pea seed are unable to digest the starch and starve. While the gene product does not cause any immune reactions in beans it obviously did in the peas. The researchers suspect the subtle change with massive consequences to be caused by a process called glycosylation, which plays a major role in protein folding. The GM peas were also resistant to Bayer's herbicide "Basta".</p><p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/technology/feeds/afx/2005/11/17/afx2345014.html">AFX News:Australian researchers scrap GM peas after mice fall ill</a></p><p><a href="http://www.csiro.au/index.asp?id=212GM&type=mediaRelease">CSIRO press release</a>

18.11.2005

Poland: Greenpeace blocks GMO shipment

Rough seas on Thursday forced Greenpeace activists to give up a blockade of a ship they say carried 25,000 tonnes of genetically modified Argentinian soya to Poland. However an "unlikely coalition" is emerging against GM imports in Poland.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-11-17T201037Z_01_SCH772582_RTRUKOC_0_US-FOOD-POLAND-GMO.xml&archived=False">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.radio.com.pl/polonia/article.asp?tId=29912&j=2">Polish Radio: Greepeace and the conservative government form an unlikely alliance</a>

17.11.2005

Swiss to Vote on Five-Year GMO Ban

Swiss voters go to the polls on November 27 to review a measure that would impose one of the strictest bans in Europe on the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The referendum, if approved, would impose a five-year moratorium on the cultivation of any plant or import of any animal whose genes have been altered in the laboratory.</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/33477/story.htm">Reuters</a>

16.11.2005

Business: EU feed producers urge deal over GM soybeans from Argentina

The EU feed companies association FEFAC warned that the 2 billion market of Argentinian GM-soybean imports could be jeopardised if Argentinian farmers did not draw a deal with Monsanto. The company has lately sued importers of GM soybeans for seed royalties, Argentinian farmers had not payed.</p><p><a href="http://www.world-grain.com/feature_stories.asp?ArticleID=76715">World-Grain.com: FEFAC urges quick deal on Argentine GM soybean seed royalties</a>

16.11.2005

Ireland: Embarrasment over former director of EU's Joint Reserach Ccentre

Barry McSweeney was removed from his post as chief scientific advisor of the Irish government after revelations that his PhD was fabricated by a US "degree mill". Initially coming from an Irish biotech company McSweeney had been Director of the European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC) 2001 - 2004 and was instrumental for the institutions pro-GMO approach. In 2002 he even advised the Commission not to publish a JRC-report on GMOs in agriculture, which had revealed massive problems of coexistence and is now the most quoted scientific source on the issue.</p><p><a href="http://www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sg3giU7lXaGlIsgHuTLc4nqWo2.asp">Irish Examiner: What a difference a day makes...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/press/GMFI22.pdf">GM free Ireland Press release with all background</a>

15.11.2005

French farmer sent to prison

French anti-GMO activist, Jose Bove, has been found guilty of destroying genetically modified crops. Bove was sentenced to four months by an appeals court on Tuesday. He was accused of helping to uproot a field of GM maize near the southwestern French city of Toulouse in July 2004.</p><p><a href="http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=4121235&nav=7k7NJ1IJ">KWQC: Militant French farmer sentenced to prison for ripping up GMO crop</a>

13.11.2005

Poland: New prime minister pledges to keep country GM free

In his inaugural speech to the Seijm Polands new prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz yielded ovations of the Parliament when announcing he would keep the country gmo free.</p><p><a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/11/content_3764791.htm">Xinhua: Poland parliment approves minoirty govt</a>

10.11.2005

Poland: Zagorny released, 90% of provinces now gm free

Polish farmer Marian Zagorny, who stood in court to get more than 1 year in jail for attempting to block illegal shipments of GM grain and protesting factory farming of pigs, left the court as a free man. The court agreed that the actions were done to protect Polish agriculture and health. Marian was very happy and sends many thanks also on behalf of his farmers union 'Solidarni' to all who sent letters of support.</p><p>The Province of Opole in the South West Poland has now become the 14th Polish Province to declare itself a GMO Free Zone. There are now only two provinces left which have not declared themselves GMO Free. It brings the total number of Provinces to have declared GMO Free status to approximately 90% of the total area of Poland.</p><p><a href="http://www.icppc.pl/eng/index.php">International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC)</a>

04.11.2005

Czech farmers growing GE corn

Farmers in the Czech Republic have begun growing genetically engineered (GE) corn for the first time, and they could start selling it as early as next year.</p><p><a href="http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/1103/news5.php">The Prague Post</a>