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Brazil authorizes genetically modified crops

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Feb 12, 2008

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hGRSAzHJoBgyOEYmLmqmPQrrhTTg

BRASILIA (AFP) " Brazil's National Biosecurity Council on Tuesday authorized the planting and sale of two types of genetically modified corn, angering some rural groups which consider them environmentally risky.

Science and Technology Minister Sergio Rezende said the decision by the 11 cabinet ministers making up the council "is the first approval for genetically modified corn in Brazil," according to the state news agency Agencia Brasil.

POLICY U-TURN ON GM HAS CRUCIAL RAMIFICATIONS

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post, Thailand
AUTHOR: Witoon Lianchamroon, Biothai, Thailand
URL: http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/03Jan2008_news13.php
DATE: 03.01.2008

Witoon Lianchamroon is a founding member of Biothai Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has been working on GM issues, bio-piracy and the rights of small-scale farmers.

Despite strong opposition by environmental and consumers organisations, and also by traders of organic products, the Surayud Chulanont cabinet has decided to lift a ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Thailand: TESTS IN RESEARCH STATIONS MAKE A MOCKERY OF GM BAN

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SOURCE: The Bangkok Post, Thailand
AUTHOR: Vasana Chinvarakorn
URL: http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/28Dec2007_news15.php
DATE: 28.12.2007

Vasana Chinvarakorn is a senior writer for Outlook, Bangkok Post.

The tussle is over wording, but the implications will not be limited to paper only. The cabinet's resolution on Christmas Day to ".amend". the 2001 ban on all field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops seems to be playing with the definition of the key phrase in the legislation: ".field trials"..

Latin America: The Downside of the GM Revolution

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Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero - December 3, 2007

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
americas.irc-online.org

As genetically modified soybeans take over vast tracts in South America and reports flow in of genetic contamination of local corn in Mesoamerica, grassroots resistance to biotech crops has also grown. The protests form part of people's movements across the hemisphere that tie together a rejection of neoliberalism and agribusiness, and call for land reform, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture.

Genetically Modified crops: Myth and Reality

Australia: FURORE AS BAN ON CROPS LIFTED

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SOURCE: The Age
AUTHOR: David Rood
URL: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/furore-as-ban-on-gm-crops-lifted/...
DATE: 28.11.2007

A DECISION to allow genetically modified canola to be grown in Victoria has inflamed dissent in the Brumby Government and sparked warnings that non-GM farms could be contaminated.

Anti-GM activists have also lashed the decision, saying consumers face a growing array of food made from GM material " without always knowing when they are buying it.

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