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20.08.2006

GM rice from Bayer contaminates US rice supply

The US Agricultural Department announced that an unapproved rice variety "LL 601" genetically engineered by Bayer Crop Science has contaminated US rice stocks. Japan has cut off rice imports from the US. US rice exports are around 1 billion US $ annually. Other nations are expected to follow. How the GM rice, which has been dropped in 2001, has reached the supply chain is still unknown. Bayer announced as a reaction that it would now seek approval for the GM rice as safe food. Bayer had informed USDA already July 31st. But the ministry and the company withheld the informationform the public until August 18th.</p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/18/AR2006081801043.html">Washington Post: U.S. Rice Supply Contaminated</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news/ng.asp?n=69991-bayer-cropscience-ge-rice-contamination-rice">Food Navigator: GM rice contaminates US food supply</a></p><p><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/20/ap/business/mainD8JJSCL00.shtml">CBS: Japan closes market for US long corn rice</a></p><p><a href="http://www.usda.gov/2006/08/0306.xml">USDA press release: Genetically engineered rice</a></p><p><a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEX/06/0821&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">EU Commission: Trace amounts of non-authorised GM rice on US market</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_21_Aug_US_rice.html">FoE Press Release: EU urged to ban North American rice</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=6914">GMWatch: Background on testing practices and significance of the case</a>

18.08.2006

California: Vote on state legislation to prevent GMO free counties

The Parliament fiercely discusses a bill that would prevent local governments from banning GMOs on their territory.</p><p><a href="http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/12598244p-13305729c.html">Fresno Bee: Environmentalists, organic farmers in duel with growers over bill</a>

07.08.2006

France: GM field destruction and pro-GM protest

The first destruction of a commercial field of GM maize by activists of "Coordination Paysanne" was countered by a protest of pro-GM farmers.</p><p><a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4084473.html">AP: Genetically Modified Crops Vandalized</a></p><p><a href="http://www.agbios.com/main.php?action=ShowNewsItem&id=7720">Reuters: French Farmers Protest Against GMO Maize Destruction</a></p><p><a href="http://www.upi.com/ConsumerHealthDaily/view.php?StoryID=20060802-060354-6824r">UPI: Eat To Live - GM cornfields under attack</a>

28.07.2006

France: Greenpeace marks GM fields as court prohibits GM map

After a French court ruled that Greenpeace France must remove a map of GMO maize fields from its web-site, activists marked one of the fields directly with a giant crop circle around an X. The French court order is peculiar as EU directives, which have not yet been implemented in French law actually call for public registers of GM fields. In Germany detailed information on every location is provided by the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2006/2006-07-27-02.asp">Fighting Secrecy Over Transgenic Crops, Greenpeace Carves a Circle</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/crop-circle-270706">Greenpeace international map and press release</a>

25.07.2006

Poland: Parliament bans GM feed imports

After a general ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms on July 22nd the Polish Parliament in a 210:186 vote adopted another law, which bans the import and use of GM feed within two years.<br /><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/polish_GMfeed_ban_aug2006.pdf">ICPPC: Ban on GM feed in Poland</a>

21.07.2006

UK: Dispute about co-existence

The UK government has started a consultation on co-existence regulations between GM and non-GM farming. The proposal provides for no public register of GM planting and distances of mere 35 meters even between gm and non-gm oilseed rape. The proposal is under public fire and the consultation will last until October.</p><p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/07/21/ngm21.xml">Daily Telegraph: Plans to allow GM farming in secret 'are irresponsible'</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeze.org/page.asp?id=301&iType=">GM Freeze: DEFRA GM Growing Proposals Condemned As Charter for Contamination</a></p><p><a href="http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/gmnongm%2Dcoexist/"></a>DEFRA co-existence consultation web-site

18.07.2006

European ombudsman: EU Commission hiding documents is "maladministration"

Following a complaint by Friends of the Earth the European Ombudsman decided that the EU Commission must not conceal documents in disupte settlement cases at the WTO from the public. The Commission had defended itself against US allegations at the WTO by poving that GM foods were not safe but refused to publish these documents.</p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_18_July_Ombudsman.htm">FOE: European Commission guilty of wrongly concealing GMO documents</a></p><p><a href="http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/decision/en/050582.htm">European Ombudsman Decision</a>

06.07.2006

Russia: Putin expresses concerns about GMOs

At a Civil Society forum to prepare the G8 summit in St. Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to be "among likeminded people" with regard to the issue of GMOs. He said: "One of the problems we have encountered during our negotiations on joining the World Trade Organisation is that we are being forced to renounce what I see as our right to inform our own public about products manufactured using genetic engineering. Some countries have made it one of their main demands that we stop informing our public about genetically modified products. You can guess which countries I am referring to. But we will insist on using the standards that the NGOs are proposing." The NGOs had proposed a moratorium on releases of GMOs and demanded full transparency.</p><p><a href="http://en.g8russia.ru/page_work/20.html">Transcript of Vladimir Putins elaborations at the G8 Civil Society summit</a></p><p><a href="http://en.civilg8.ru/1997.php">GMO-Recommendations of the G8 Civil Society Forum in St. Petersburg 3-4 July 2006</a>

30.06.2006

Two more GMO free Regions in Bulgaria

The municipalities of Kardzhali and Banite in the South of Bulgaria have declared themselves GMO free Regions according to Agrolink Bulgaria, an organic organisation aiming at declaring the entire region of the Rhodope mountains a GMO free Region.</p><p><a href="http://www.genet-info.org/genet/2006/Jun/msg00124.html">9-Misc: Two more municipalities in Bulgaria are declaring to be GMO Free</a>

29.06.2006

Down under: Tasmania committed to stay GMO free

"We are positioning Tasmania as GM-free and we don't want to fall in with those who would target less-than discerning buyers," Tasmanias Ag minister Llewellyn said this week. "There is a push at a national (Australian) by saying coexistence policies should be adopted by each state. I don't believe it's a viable alternative. I don't want us to lose our competitive advantage.'"</p><p><a href="http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,19622882%255E3462,00.html">The Mercury: GM-free intentions defended</a>