SOURCE: Bangkok Post, Thailand
AUTHOR: Witoon Lianchamroon, Biothai, Thailand
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.
SOURCE: The Bangkok Post, Thailand
AUTHOR: Vasana Chinvarakorn
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"..
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero - December 3, 2007
Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
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
SOURCE: The Age
AUTHOR: David Rood
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.
North Queensland Register, 22 November 2007
Supermarket giant Coles has joined the organic industry in speaking out against genetically modified food as State Governments appear closer to lifting of their bans on the commercial growing of GM food crops.
When asked what Coles' position was, at a Parliamentary forum on Tuesday, Coles representative Chris Mara stated that, 'Coles listens to our customers and over 90 per cent do not want GM ingredients in their food and Coles whole private label range of