06.10.2005 |

EFSA's GMO practices challenged by coalition of stakeholders

Consumer, environmental and health organisations challenged the European Food Safety Authority to put public and environmental safety before commercial interests as the agency opens its first stakeholder dialogue at its new office in Parma, Italy.The organisations urge EFSA to make serious changes in its work and procedures, in particular regarding genetically modified crops and food. So far the central EU agency has rubber-stamped all GM crop approvals and dismissed concerns of NGOs, scientists and national safety authorities.</p><p><a href="">Joint Press Release</a></p><p><a href="">EFSA: Stakeholder consultative platform</a></p><p><a href="">GP. FOE, Euro-Coop, EEB, EPHA: Detailed EFSA challenge</a>

05.10.2005 |

European Court of Justice dismissed Upper Austrian GMO ban

The European Court of Justice today rejected a general GMO prohibition law of the Region of Upper Austria. Upper Austria wanted a total ban on cultivating genetically modified crops to protect conventional and organic crops, as well as wildlife, from potential contamination. In 2003 the EU Commission refused, arguing Austria had presented no new scientific evidence to support such a ban, and could not opt out of EU-wide rules of GMO risk assessment and approval. The Austrian complaint against the Commissions verdict has now been rejected by the Court. The government of the Region announced it would find other means to stay GMO free.</p><a href="">ECJ: Judgement Upper Austria vs. EU Commission</a></p><p><a href="">SOS update on Upper Austrian case against the EU Commission</a><p><a href="">Friends of the Earth: Commission urged to review EU law</a></p><p><a href="">Commission decision 2 September 2003</a></p><p><a href="">more details in German</a>

26.09.2005 |

Poland: Assembly of Regions demands GMO free country

On the 9th of September 2005 the Assembly of Marshals of the Polish Provinces (*) accepted a statement concerning the planting of genetically modified plants (GMO) in Poland. "The Polish Government should prepare a motion to the European Commission to ban the import of genetically modified products in all areas of the country," the regional representatives conclude.</p><p><a href="">full story</a>

21.09.2005 |

Regional governments expert workshop with EU Commission

A dialogue-meeting between the GMO free Network of the regional and local Autorities of Europe and the EU Commissions DG AGRI will be held on the subject of coexistence of genetically modified crops with traditional and organic farming in Brussels on September 28th at the Central Italian Region's bureau in Brussels.Further information:

18.09.2005 |

Japan: GMO Free Zone declaration - Tohoku Network

On 3 September 2005, farmers from Yamagata Prefecture and consumers from Miyagi Prefecture gathered in Sendai city in Miyagi, and set up the "GMO Free Zone Declaration - Tohoku Network" (Rep. Nobuyuki Nakagawa, Takahata Conference for Promotion of Organic Agriculture). It was the first fully-fledged trans-regional GMO Free Zone declaration in Japan. On the same day, the network adopted a protest appeal to oppose Tohoku University's iron-deficiency tolerant GM rice field trials.</p><p><a href="">Bio-Journal</a>

09.09.2005 |

Co-existence, Contamination and GM-Free Zones : Jeopardising Consumer Choice?

An international conference on this issue was organised by Consumers International and the Region of Emilia-Romana. About 450 people from Europe, the USA and Asia attended and discussed scientific evidence on GM contamination and political strategies how to avoid it.</p><a href="">Consumers International - Appeal to EC and world for caution over GMO contamination</a></p><p><a href="">foodconsumers report</a></p><p><a href="">Conference website at Consumer International</a>

09.09.2005 |

Ukraine to ban GM Soya Imports

Ukraine's Farm Ministry said it would ask the government and the parliament to ban imports and planting of genetically modified soybeans in the country.</p><p><a href="">Reuters: Ukraine Agriculture Ministry Seeks to Ban GMO Soy Imports</a>

07.09.2005 |

French farmers grew 500 ha of GM maize clandenstinly

Around 500 ha of GM maize have been grown in the South-West of France with EU approved GMO varieties (Monsanto's Mon810). As there is no French law on GM growing and co-existence in place yet the growing appears to be legal. The public is taken by surprise.</p><p><a href="">Science Reuters: French farmers head for gene maize harvest</a></p><p><a href="">Figaro: OGM : déjà un millier d'hectares en France</a>

06.09.2005 |

Irish cattle and sheep farmers asociation calls for GM rape seed ban

After the EU Commission has ubber stamped imports of GM oilseed rape GT73 in August Irish farmers are concerned about their GM free status. The cattle and sheep farmers call for a national import ban on the GM rape seed.</p><p><a href="">IOL: Farmers call for ban on imports of GM rape-seed oil</a>

02.09.2005 |

GMO free Balkan Congress

A Pan Balkan Congress on 26-27 November 2005 is planned on the subject: "Biodiversity, rural growth for clean environment free of G.M.O. - GMO free Balkans" by various NGOs of the Region. A preparatory meeting will be held in Thessaloniki September 10th. Contact:</p><p><a href="">Announcement and invitation</a>