Genetically modified organisms


Approval of GMO imports moves EU ’closer to Monsanto’

27-Apr-2015 Common Dreams Environmental advocates say authorization indication of further industry-friendly policies pending trade deal with US will usher in

  • 18-Apr-2008 FPIP
    Food safety on the butcher’s block

    The United States is using bilateral trade agreements to arm-twist weaker countries into accepting its food safety standards as a tool to expand the market control of US corporations. South Korea is the latest victim.

  • 29-Feb-2008 Prensa Latina
    Costa Rican Indigenous protest FTA

    Hundreds of Costa Rican indigenous people began a protest against the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States. They accused the FTA of imposing the use of patented seeds that prevent traditional crops and warned that the use of transgenic seeds from the United States would affect ancestral crops closely linked to the people’s view of the world and spirituality.

  • 18-Feb-2008 Korean Advanced Farmers Federation
    US-Korea Understanding on Agricultural Biotechnology (2007)

    Negotiated on the sidelines of the US-Korea FTA, in March 2007.

  • 13-Feb-2008 Times of India
    GM trials in India threaten trade ties

    India finds itself increasingly on the defensive in agricultural trade for permitting field trials across the country in a host of genetically modified food crops — rice, brinjal, okra, potato, tomato and groundnuts — and thereby exposing conventional crops to the risk of transgenic contamination. A case in point is a rather dodgy no-contamination certificate that the regulator, Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, was forced to give two months ago in response to a restriction imposed by Russia on import of rice, groundnuts and sesame seeds from India.

  • 13-Feb-2008 CounterPunch
    Corporate globalisation: Standing at the end of the road

    Corporate globalization, savagely embodied by NAFTA, is not just a threat to Mexican farmers and rural villagers. The economic, health, and social damage created by industrial agriculture, corporate globalization, and the patenting and gene-splicing of transgenic plants and animals, are inexorably leading to universal "bioserfdom " for farmers, deteriorating health for consumers, a destabilized climate (energy intensive industrial agriculture and long-distance food transportation and processing account, directly or indirectly, for 40% of all climate-disrupting greenhouse gases), tropical deforestation, and a rapid depletion of oil supplies.

  • 20-Dec-2007 Reuters
    Duty-free US corn imports force Mexico GMO debate

    Cheap US corn will flood into Mexico in January when trade barriers are lifted under NAFTA, pitting local farmers against each other over how to protect the crop that has fed Mexico for thousands of years.

  • 12-Dec-2007 DNA
    Sowing a bitter harvest

    One outcome of the Indo-US deal on Agriculture appears to be the deregulation of the GM foods sector.

  • 10-Nov-2007 Bloque Verde
    UPOV y contaminación transgénica privatizarán las semillas campesinas

    Como una forma de llamar la atención de la ciudadanía sobre los peligros que implica el aprobar la Ley de Protección de Obtenciones Vegetales (UPOV-1991), decenas de ambientalistas costarricenses lanzaron hoy martes maíz transgénico en las afueras de la Asamblea Legislativa para pedir a los diputados no votar ese proyecto de ley, el cual es un requisito del TLC pero pone en peligro el conocimiento criollo de los campesinos e indígenas costarricenses.

  • 6-Sep-2007
    Open letter to the Prime Minister of India on the Indo-US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture

    Given the interest generated with regard to the US-India nuclear deal, it is time to express our concerns on the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, too, and not let it be implemented in a business-as-usual attitude.

  • 28-Aug-2007 Le Mali
    Le mal des APE et les OGM

    Les APE et l’introduction des OGM dans notre politique agricole représentent un suicide économique pour le Mali, comme pour d’autres pays pauvres.

  • 26-Aug-2007 FPIF
    US-Korean food fight

    The US government is working to deny South Koreans the right to local food and to undermine their domestic food safety laws through the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

  • 22-May-2007 CUJ
    Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement - A bad deal should be stopped

    A Joint Statement from Australian and Japanese people

  • 17-May-2007 Miguel Macedo
    Los derechos de propiedad intelectual, la biopiratería y el conocimiento tradicional

    No es posible que el que mejora genéticamente una planta pueda tener mayores beneficios que aquel que la domesticó, que aquel que encontró hace cientos de años su uso y los beneficios de su uso, puesto que no existe equilibrio entre su aporte científico y la retribución que recibe, no es posible permitir esto ni en un TLC ni en el plano multilateral (OMC, OMPI).

  • 25-Apr-2007
    Malaysian trade talks stall on GM labelling

    The labelling of genetically modified (GM) goods within Malaysia has come further under the spotlight this week as the industry remains torn between its proposed bio-safety laws and free trade agreements between the US.

  • 25-Apr-2007 The Star
    Fear of dumping

    Rice farmers in northern Peninsular Malaysia have another reason to call on the Government to quit the on-going Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the United States. Besides the concern over highly subsidised US rice competing with locally produced rice, there is fear of the US dumping the Liberty Link 601 (LL601) contaminated rice here.

  • 17-Apr-2007 Sun2Surf
    No compromise on GM food labelling

    Malaysia will not compromise on mandatory labelling for genetically-modified (GM) foods or products in its negotiations with the US for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), according to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid.

  • 17-Apr-2007 BIO
    BIO commends USTR for successfully concluding US-Korea free trade agreement

    BIO congratulates US Chief Agricultural Negotiator Richard Crowder and his staff for negotiating a separate understanding on several agricultural biotechnology issues. The FTA will go a long way in providing additional market access opportunities in Korea for US biotechnology companies.

  • 10-Apr-2007 TWN
    Scientist warns of US FTA used to push GE rice

    Dr. Michael K Hansen, from US Centre of Consumer Policy, advises a cautious attitude towards an FTA with the US as the US has a hidden agenda in seeking to protect its farmers who now face more than RM4.6 billion in losses due to the lack of demand for GE rice.

  • 7-Apr-2007 Hankyoreh
    Gov’t documents reveal trade-off on textiles, genetically modified crops

    The South Korean government pledged to ease quarantine rules on products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a free trade agreement with the United States struck on April 2. But while negotiations were underway on the deal, the government denied it was discussing the topic.

  • 3-Apr-2007 Hankyoreh
    SK reportedly agrees to nix testing US genetically modified crops

    South Korea has reportedly exempted US foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from safety tests in the Korea-US free trade agreement struck on April 2, a move that Korean environmentalists criticised as the government "selling off" the health of the nation.

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