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TITLE:  WATCH THE MONSTER TOMATO TOUR

SOURCE: The Sofia Echo, Bulgaria

AUTHOR: Olga Apostolova

URL:    http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/this-week--watch-the-monster-tomato-tour/id_24051/catid_29

DATE:   30.07.2007

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WATCH THE MONSTER TOMATO TOUR

This summer Friends of the Earth is sending its Monster Tomato on tour around Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania to raise awareness of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). While 70 per cent of Europeans are firmly against GMOs in their food, fields and countries, few Bulgarians know about the problems that GMOs can cause. Having said that, Bulgaria already has five GMO-free municipalities. The tour will pass through regions that are interested in initiating GMO-free zones. The Bulgarian Government has been receiving pressure from the European Commission to weaken its laws on GMOs since the country’s accession to the EU, and the Bulgarian Parliament recently announced its wish that the country ban Monsanto’s GMO maize. Those wishing to learn more should try to catch the tour as it passes through Sofia, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Bourgas, Varna and Veliko Turnovo from July 14 until July 24. In Bulgaria, The Tomato Tour is organised by www.agrolink.org/agrolink. Agrolink is an NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, co-ordinates the national organic farmers’ network and supports environmental protection and the implementation of sustainable development principles.



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TITLE:  UNMARKED GMO FOOD SOLD IN BULGARIA

SOURCE: Sofia Echo, Bulgaria

AUTHOR: 

URL:    http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/unmarked-gmo-food-sold-in-bulgaria/id_23951/catid_66

DATE:   20.07.2007

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UNMARKED GMO FOOD SOLD IN BULGARIA

Genetically modified food was being sold in Bulgaria although no producer had applied for permission to do so, the country’s Focus news agency reported. Authorities had found genetically modified organisms (GMO) in maize flour, popcorn, soy flour, sausages and frankfurters, Focus said. The GMOs found were permitted for us in the EU. Bulgaria, as an EU member, can also use them, but only after the goods are marked as containing GMOs. In if unmarked GMOs were found, the food would be returned to the producer country, Focus said. Currently nearly 20 GMOs are permitted for use in the EU.


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