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12.05.2006

Get Active: Help getting Polish GM Seed ban into Law

On 27 April 2006, the Polish Seym (lower house) passed an Act about changes in the Seed Production Act and the Plant Protection Act. The Act had already been passed by the Senate (upper house). The Act still has to be signed by the President. It will not become Law until this is done - and he will be under a lot of pressure from the biotech corporations not to sign! We therefore URGENTLY request you to send letters concerning this issue to the Polish President. The Polish Seeds Act, if signed, will set a precident for the whole of Europe and greatly increase pressure for an EU law giving rights to both regions and countries to ban GMO's.</p><p><a href="http://icppc.pl/pl/gmo/index.php?id=208#list">ICPPC: Further background and draft letter to the Polish President</a>

11.05.2006

Ireland: BASF forced to cancel GMO experiment

Meath Co. Council unanimously passed two motions on Monday 8 May, that are widely expected to force the world's largest chemicals company BASF to abandon a controversial experiment with patented GMO potatoes. The Council's first motion declares Meath a GMO-free zone. This makes Meath the sixth county on the island to prohibit GMO seeds and crops. The Council's second motion calls on the EPA to not allow the experimental growing of any GMO seeds or crops in Ireland.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/press/GMFI25.pdf">GM-free Ireland: Press Release</a></p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/news/index.php">Irish Labour Party joins GM-free Ireland campaign</a>

11.05.2006

WTO confirms ruling against EU GMO moratorium

The World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed in a final ruling that the European Union broke trade rules with its six-year moratorium on approving genetically-modified (GMO) foods, diplomats said.</p><p><a href="http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyID=2006-05-11T065018Z_01_L10105775_RTRIDST_0_SCIENCE-TRADE-WTO-GMOS-DC.XML">Reuters</a></p><p><a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/AB_11_May_WTO.htm">Friends of the Earth: U.S. did not win transatlantic GM trade dispute</a></p><p><a href="http://euobserver.com/9/21578">EUObserver: WTO ruling against EU unlikely to have any effect</a><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/news_WTO_Reporter_120506.pdf">WTO Panel Issues Final Ruling in U.S. Case Against EU's Restrictions on GMO Approvals</a><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsletter&topic_id=6&subtopic_id=33&doc_id=12766">Herald Tribune: EU to hold firm on modified seeds despite WTO</a>

11.05.2006

New Commission Report on Labelling and Traceability published

The report is on implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC</p><p><a href="http://www.saveourseeds.org/downloads/Commission_Rep_Label_Trace_090506.pdf">Report from the Commission</a>

10.05.2006

EU Committee backs plan to increase GMO transparency

A European Union committee said Wednesday it had agreed to force Europe's laboratory to adopt international rules which will make increase transparency about its decisions on genetically modified organisms.</p><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsletter&topic_id=5&subtopic_id=25&doc_id=12749">checkbiotech.org</a>

10.05.2006

Slovakia drops GMO ban

From now on, in previously GM-free Slovakia, it should be possible to plant transgenic corn. Monsanto is ready for "experimental" planting.</p><p><a href="http://www.checkbiotech.org/root/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsletter&topic_id=1&subtopic_id=7&doc_id=12753">checkbiotech.org: Slovakia at the edge of a transgenic downfall</a>

08.05.2006

France: Monsantos continues GMO testing - Protesters enter Monsanto factory

The French arm of US biotech giant Monsanto said on Friday it would continue experiments on genetically modified crops in France despite a court ruling stopping some of its tests. On the same day around 100 environmental activists entered a factory belonging to Monsanto in southwest France aiming to destroy any genetically modified seeds.</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36239/story.htm">Reuters: Monsanto Continues French GMO Tests Despite Ruling</a></p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36264/story.htm">Reuters: Anti-GMO Groups Enter French Monsanto Factory</a>

08.05.2006

Satvocha declared as first GMO-free Region in Bulgaria

AGROLINK Association, GMO free Bulgaria coalition and Municipality of Satovcha announced the declaration of the first GMO free municipality in Bulgaria. The GMO free zone declaration commits the municipality administration to the extent of its legal and organisation powers, to cultivate no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on municipality land.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/fileadmin/files/Bulgaria_Satovcha_040506.pdf"></a>

05.05.2006

Ireland: Massive opposition to GM potato trials

BASF, the German agro-chemical multinational and the Irish government are facing massive public opposition to field trials with genetically engineered potatoes.</p><p><a href="http://www.gmfreeireland.org/potato/index.php">GMfree Ireland potato web-site with links to media, official and activity sites</a><p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36256/story.htm">Reuters: Ireland Gives Go-Ahead for GMO Potato Trials</a>

05.05.2006

Coexistence to be discussed by EU ministers, results unlikely

Following a major coexistence conference held last month in Vienna, the EU ministers are expected to instruct the Commission to come up with specific growing guidelines for GMOs and thresholds for seed contamination. Swift action however is not expected.</p><p><a href="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36241/story.htm">Reuters: EU Executive Faces Pressure to Deal With GMO Laws</a>