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Latest News

27 February 2008
Chinese GMO expedited by high food prices
The Chinese government has been hesitant to approve genetically modified rice.

22 February 2008
GM bananas developed with enhanced nutrients
Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia) have applied for the limited release of genetically modified Cavendish bananas that possess more provitamin A, vitamin E and iron than conventional varieties.

21 February 2008
Approval of GMO crops: US and EU seek agreement
To resolve conflict caused by the ban on genetically modified crops in the European Union, diplomatic discussions have begun between the USA and the EU.

19 February 2008
Commission to approve five GMOs
The European Commission now is entitled to approve the import and processing of five genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

15 February 2008
German biotechnology law jumps last hurdle
Representing the German federal states (“Länder”), the "Bundesrat" has adopted a new set of rules for the voluntary labelling of "GMO free" animal products and for the cultivation of genetically modified maize.

15 February 2008
Portugal: Cultivation of GM maize extended
In 2007, 164 farms in Portugal grew genetically modified maize on a total area of 4,199 hectares. Upon examination, no neighbouring fields were found to contain a GMO content greater than 0.9 per cent.

15 February 2008
GM crops: cultivation areas increase to 114 million hectares
The cultivation of genetically modified crops worldwide has increased once more. Growing areas have expanded by 12 million hectares to a total of 114 million hectares. In the case of maize, a significant gain of 10 million hectares was noted.

15 February 2008
Brazil gives final permit for GMO maize varieties
13 February 2008
China must prove its rice to be GMO free
Beginning on April 15, all imports of Chinese rice products into the European Union must be accompanied by a certificate to prove they are free from the unauthorised GMO Bt 63. This decision by the European Commission has found the support of Member States in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels. However, the Committee failed to agree on the authorisation of two genetically modified plants for import and processing.

11 February 2008
France struggles with its attitude towards biotechnology
Following three days of intense debate, the French Sénat adopted a revised draft of a new biotechnology law on Friday guaranteeing farmers "the freedom to produce with or without genetically modified organisms". On the very same day, the Minister of Agriculture, Michel Barnier, officially notified the European Commission of France’s use of the safeguard clause and of national suspension of the cultivation of MON 810 maize.

05 February 2008
Bt cotton reaches two-thirds of current Indian output
According to statistics newly released by the Cotton Association of India, transgenic Bt cotton represents 66 per cent of Indian cotton grown in the current season.

01 February 2008
German Parliament amends biotechnology law
The German Parliament has adopted a new set of rules for the labelling of "GMO free" animal products and the cultivation of genetically modified maize.

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Genetic engineering of cut flowers
Preliminary studies raise hopes: Golden Rice works well!
GMO labelling of foodstuffs produced from animals – the discussion continues
GM Crops in Australia – will the moratoria end?
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GM plants no problem for the honey industry
Are GMOs Fuelling the Brazilian Future?
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