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GMO-Free Regions Europe 2010

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Press officers of the Conference organising Committee in Brussels:

Green Group in the European Parliament: Helmut Weixler +32 475 67 13 40

Greenpeace EU Unit: Jack Hunter +32 476 98 85 84

Friends of the Earth EU: Samuel Fleet +32 2 893 1012

IFOAM EU: Sevelina Todorova +32 2 280 12 23

Conference Secretariat: Benedikt Haerlin +49 173 999 7 555


Other press officers:

Spokesperson of Commissioner John Dalli: Frederic Vincent +32 498 98 71 66

Press Release: Commissioner Dalli faces though resistance to new GMO policy

Brussels, 16 September 2010 - Europe’s health and consumer affairs commissioner John Dalli endured a barrage of criticism from delegates at a GMO-Free Regions conference in Brussels today (Thurs).
Dalli rehearsed a Commission proposal to give member states new rights to ban GMO cultivation, but admitted to delegates that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) needed to be reformed. He responded to challenges from well-known farmer and vice chair of the European Parliaments’ agricultural committee José Bové, who called for “draconian” reform of EFSA.Bové summed up the feeling among delegates: “Nobody should be forcing us to consume GMOs or destroy our farming for GMOs. It’s a political choice which is why we are here today.”
Wallonian agriculture minister Benoit Lutgen called for a quality based agricultural reform: “This is one of the reasons Wallonia is a member of the network of GMO-free regions,” he explained.
Evelyn Huytebroeck, environment minister of the Region of Bruxelles announced to the conference that just today the regional government of the Capital of Europe had also taken the decision to become a GMO-Free Region.
The conference, held in the European Parliament building, brought together around 300 representatives from GMO-free regions, initiatives, farmers, environmental and consumers organizations in 37 countries.

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Communiqué de Pressé

Speech of Commissioner John Dalli

Declaration of the Minister of the Region of Bruxelles to go GMO-Free

Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects

Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects
International scientists confirm dangers of Roundup at GMO-Free Regions Conference in Brussels
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup, causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union. This is reported in research (1) published by a group around Professor Andrés Carrasco, director of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School and member of Argentina’s National Council of Scientific and Technical Research.
 is Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology, University of Buenos Aires Medical School and lead researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina. His research in embryology has focused on the frog embryo model but has also employed other models. His basic research has delved into the relationship between retinoids and Hox genes in the morphogenesis of the anterior-posterior axis (López et al., 1992, 1995). More recently, basic research in his lab has extended to studies on Sonic Hedgehog and Notch signalling in relation to early neurogenesis and the development of the embryonic dorsal midline (Franco et al., 1999; Paganelli et al., 2001; López et al., 2003, 2005). Professor Carrasco’s applied research has employed the embryological expertise of his laboratory to assess the impacts of pesticides, primarily glyphosate-based pesticides, on embryonic development, uncovering disruptive effects that can be linked to birth defects in humand exposed to these pesticides.

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Paper by Prof. Andrés Carrasco et. al: Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling

Michael Antoniou, Paulo Brack, Andrés Carrasco, John Fagan, Mohamed Habib,Paulo Kageyama, Carlo Leifert, Rubens Onofre Nodari, Walter Pengue:
GM Soy - Sustainable? Responsible? Executive Summary

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