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
SOURCE: Sunday Herald, UK
AUTHOR: Rob Edwards
MSP to back EU commissioner's controversial stance
THE SCOTTISH government will this week make an unprecedented intervention in Brussels to try to help ban genetically modified (GM) crops throughout Europe.
The environment minister, Michael Russell, is planning to back a controversial bid by the European environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas, to block applications by three multinational companies to grow GM maize.
SOURCE: Talking Retail, UK
Nearly all the milk, dairy products and pork in UK supermarkets are being produced from animals fed on genetically modified (GM) crops, and none of this is labelled, claims the Soil Association.
Director Patrick Holden said the situation amounted to ".deception on a grand scale"..
Supermarkets are widely allowing the use of GM feed, said the association, after it tested animal feed and reviewed company policies.