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="">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="">The Prague Post</a>

03.11.2005 |

Commission authorises import of 1507 maize for use in animal feed

The European Commission has authorised the placing on the market of the genetically modified maize 1507. The authorisation covers the import and processing of this GMO, including its use in animal feed.</p><p><a href="">EU Press Release</a></p><p><a href="">food production daily: EU GM approval cannot hide widespread opposition</a>

01.11.2005 |

Costa Rica: Santa Cruz goes GMO free

The Municipal Council of Santa Cruz in the Province of Guanacaste inCosta Rica, declared itself GE Free the 24th of October.This is the second GE Free Municipality in Costa Rica, after the decision of the Council of Paraíso de CartagoThe decision to ban any GE crop inside Santa Cruz, was taken by all the members of the Council unanimously.</p><p><a href="">2nd County in Costa Rica goes GE Free</a>

28.10.2005 |

Lower Austria joins network of GMO free Regions

Lower Austria has decided to join the network of GMO free regional governments, which will hold its next meeting in Rennes, November 29 and 30.</p><p><a href=""> Niederösterreich tritt Initiative für gentechnikfreie Regionen bei</a>

24.10.2005 |

EU: Ag ministers decision failed

Today the Council of Agriculture ministers met in Luxembourg and once more they failed to agree. There was no qualified majority to authorise two modified maize lines MON863 and GA21 and no qualified majority to force the lifting of the Greek ban on GM maize cultivation.</p><p><a href="">Reuters</a>

23.10.2005 |

Estonians changed their mind about GMOs

Estonians have changed their mind on GM food and agriculture between 2001 and 2005 a survey of the Estonian Institute on Economics reveals. In 2001 53% said they might eat GM food and only 24% said certainly not, in 2005 only 24% said "maybe" but 46% "certainly not". Also a majority now believes that GMOs should not be grown in their country.</p><p><a href="">excerpts of the poll in English</a></p><p><a href="">Original in Estonian</a>

19.10.2005 |

Rejection of GE food spreads in Eastern Europe

Greenpeace today published some results which show that consumers and food producers in Poland and Russia have become strong opponents against genetically engineered food. In Poland, an opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace shows that 76% of Polish consumers do not wish to eat food products that contain GE ingredients, such as GE soya and GE maize. The Russian Consumers Guide reveals more than 450 food companies in the country that have adopted a GE free policy.</p><p><a href="">Greenpeace Press Release</a></p><p><a href="">RIA Novosti: Two-thirds of Russians unwilling to eat GM-Food</a></p><p><a href="">Moscow Times via Food producers assail Greenpeace blacklist</a></p><p><a href="">Opinion poll done by PBS in Poland [engl. figures at the end]</a>

18.10.2005 |

Altercampagne calls for International GM opposition day in spring 2006

After successful action days against GMOs in 2004 and 2005 international grassroots organisers with a focus in France are calling for the organisation of an International day of opposition to GMOs in spring 2006. A preparatory meeting will be held in Montreuil on October 20th.</p><p><a href="">Altercampagne homepage</a>

15.10.2005 |

EU ag ministers to vote on Greek GM seed ban and Mon 863 approval

The EU council of agricultural ministers on Oct 25th will vote on a Commission proposal to overturn the ban of Mon810 GM maize varieties, which had been inscribed in the Unions Common seed catalogue. The ministers will also vote on the approval of Monsantos MON863 bt maize for import as food and feed. In both cases no qualified majority against the Commissions proposals are expected so far.</p><p><a href="">Kathimerini: GM corn could make the menu</a></p><p><a href="">SOS Dossier on GM seed variety approvals and bans</a></p><p><a href="">SOS fact sheet on Mon863</a>