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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRENGTHENS DRAFT LAW TO BAN GM CROPS

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Brussels, 5 July 2011 – The European Parliament today voted to strengthen a draft EU law giving member states a new right to ban genetically modified (GM) crops from being grown in their territories.

Greenpeace welcomes this positive outcome, but warns that national bans are no substitute for thorough safety testing at EU level.

ORGANIC INDUSTRY CEOS: ”IT’S A WAR” OVER GMOS

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Following US Department of Agriculture approvals of genetically modified alfalfa and sugar beets, leaders of the organic industry recently met to discuss strategies to address threats posed by GM crops and USDA’s failure to address those threats.

MEXICO DENIES REQUEST FOR PILOT GM CORN PLOTS

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A Mexican regulatory body has denied an application from U.S. seed giant Monsanto Co. to expand to pilot planting projects of genetically modified corn in northern Mexico, officials said Wednesday.

Government experts say more experimental planting in very small, strictly controlled plots is needed to ensure the GM crops won’t affect native corn varieties. The first such permits were granted for 22 experimental plots in 2009.

Europeans wary of GMO foods

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Despite efforts from biotechnology companies such as Monsanto to promote GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods, a new poll announced November 12 shows that as many as 95 percent of European respondents rate GMO foods as potentially unsafe and lacking real benefits.

The European Commission survey used to determine consumer attitudes toward GMOs has seen a downward trend in GMO popularity over the last 15 years. Even Spain, which has in the past been more in favor of GMOs, saw a drop in support by 20 percent in the last five years.

New ETC Report on Synthetic Biology & the Global Biomass Grab

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The indefatigable analysts of the ETC Group ( http://www.etcgroup.org/en ) have produced an important new report called The New Biomassters: Synthetic Biology and the Next Assault on Biodiversity and Livelihoods. It's an extensive, well-documented critique of what is being called "the new bioeconomy":

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