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="">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="">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="">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>