For Immediate Release: October 5, 2004
Contact: Craig Culp, Center for Technology Assessment, (202) 547-9359,
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Immediate injunction sought on field tests of genetically engineered turf grass
Legal action taken to stop gene flow from bentgrass field tests. Irreparable harm to environment from contamination ongoing and likely to grow.
PLANTERS TAKE ON MONSANTO OVER SEED FEES -- AND SOMETIMES GO TO JAIL
By Jane Roberts
Sep 26, 2004 (The Commercial Appeal - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News via COMTEX) -- Four months in prison last year hardened Kem Ralph's will to beat agrichemical giant Monsanto in a fight that has made him a cause celebre among farmers who save seed.
Monsanto won a $2.9 million patent infringement judgment against Ralph, who not only unlawfully saved the St. Louis-based company's genetically engineered seed but burned the evidence and lied about it in court.
www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-03 12:41:23
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The Brazilian government has investigated the presumed sale of genetic samples of Brazilian Indians through the Internet, local press reported on Saturday.
President of state-run National Indigenous Peoples Foundation (Funai), Mercio Pereira, has requested the federal police to investigate the case and the Foreign Ministry to take measures in view of the severity of the situation.
Institute for Responsible Technology Spilling the Beans, Oct. 1, 2004
The Myth and Necessity of GM Free Zones
By Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception
Imagine being hired by a new company whose boss says, "You're an environmentally minded person. That's why we picked you to organize a recall of our genetically engineered salmon "from the ocean. Good luck".
A recent study released by the EPA found GE bentgrass up to 14 miles from the test site, far outside of the buffer zones set by the Department of Agriculture. Contamination followed wind patterns and included both plants set specifically to be tests for cross-pollination and wild species that just happened to be in the neighborhood. Overall, the study found a significant number of new Round-Up Ready plants outside of the buffer zone. It also called for future studies to see if the ambitious, law-breaking grass will persist in the wild.
SCIENTISTS are genetically engineering mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out malaria, the disease responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other.
Anthony James, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, whose lab is working on mosquitoes that cannot host the malaria parasite, said some strains are now ready to be tested outside the lab.
Tuesday August 24, 04:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Scientists have discovered a genetic tweak that turns
mice into marathoners, but is not likely to be ready for use in humans by
for the 2008 Olympics, according to a study.
The endurance of the genetically engineered mice grew more than the
untreated mice. And the mighty mice did not become obese during periods
of inactivity and when fed high-fat diets, because the genetic change
acted like physical exercise.
"Two groups have genetically engineered different pathways that change
"But, as a farmer friend recently noted, a growing numbers of
soyabean fields this summer are not without unwanted plants. 'I've
sprayed my Roundup beans twice this summer and I can see maize still
growing in the fields,' he said. [...] Moreover, he has never planted
Roundup maize on his farm so the hated maize cannot be a volunteer
from his last year's crop. 'But,' he guesses, 'I think it is. My
suspicion is the non-GMO seed I planted last year had to have some
Roundup maize in it. That's the only explanation for why I can't kill
Monsanto's chapati patent raises Indian ire
Randeep Ramesh in New Delhi
Saturday January 31, 2004
Monsanto, the world's largest genetically modified seed company,
has been awarded patents on the wheat used for making chapati -
the flat bread staple of northern India.
The patents give the US multinational exclusive ownership over
Nap Hal, a strain of wheat whose gene sequence makes it
particularly suited to producing crisp breads.
Another patent, filed in Europe, gives Monsanto rights over the
Wheat Patent : Government Assures Action
ASHOK B SHARMA
Our Economic Bureau
New Delhi, Feb 16
The Union government today assured the Supreme Court that all necessary
steps would be taken, if the situation so required, to object to the patent
rights on Indian wheat landrace accorded to the US seed multinational,
Monsanto by the European Patent Office (EPO).
Additional solicitor general, Mukul Rohtagi representing the government
submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice V N Khare that the