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TITLE:  GM FOOD ACCEPTANCE COMING

SOURCE: Aftenposten, Norway

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URL:    http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1665590.ece

DATE:   28.02.2007

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GM FOOD ACCEPTANCE COMING

A Norwegian professor predicts that genetically modified (GM) food will soon be accepted in Norway, but that farmers will then lose out.

Professor Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) at Ås believes that GM products will be on Norwegian tables within ten years as the country follows after the growing international interest such food, newspaper Nationen reports.

Sorteberg also predicts that Norwegian authorities will allow genetically modified ingredients in processed food within two years.

Sorteberg believes that Norwegian farmers, like their counterparts abroad, will be the first to be won over to GM food. Genetically modified alternatives will become increasingly cheaper and oust traditional products for this reason.

”International research circles know that skepticism runs especially deep in Norway and that their products will meet resistance. For this reason they will not be bothered to develop varieties that are suited to the Norwegian climate, and thus Norwegian farmers will lose out in a global agricultural market,” Sorteberg told Nationen.

Sorteberg argued that the varieties developed for milder climates will hardly be viable in Norway’s hardier conditions. 

 



                                  PART 2

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TITLE:  NEARLY 75% HAPPY TO EAT GM FOOD

SOURCE: Dutch News, Netherlands

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URL:    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2007/02/nearly_75_happy_to_eat_gm_food.php

DATE:   26.02.2007

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NEARLY 75% HAPPY TO EAT GM FOOD

Almost three quarters of the Dutch would have no problem eating genetically manipulated food if it has been manipulated to be healthier for you, according to a poll for RTL News. While 70% said they have no objections to the development of GM plants, 64% are opposed to genetically manipulating animals. But only 36% wants the new cabinet to stimulate research into GM plants.

 



                                  PART 3

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TITLE:  POLAND: BAN ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

SOURCE: FreshPlaza, Netherlands

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URL:    http://www.freshplaza.com/2007/0306/1-7_pl_gmo.htm

DATE:   06.03.2007

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POLAND: BAN ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

Warsaw - Poland’s government will defend its ban on genetically modified foods against any European Union demands to allow the planting of biotech crops, announced Environment Minister Jan Szyszko. „Poland is to be free of food produced on the basis of genetically modified organisms,” Szyszko said at a news conference, adding that a bill the government sent to parliament this week will maintain the current ban.

„We believe this is in accordance with the European Union’s directives,” Szyszko said. „Of course, there are other opinions and we will now discuss this with the European Commission.” About 95% of Poles disagree with the approbation of the new crops, Szyszko said, citing opinion polls. Some EU members, including Austria, refuse to allow the crops to be planted, ignoring approvals for several strains by EU regulators since a ban expired in 2004 and a World Trade Organization ruling last year.

Polish food processing industry strongly criticizes the government’s decision, arguing that the ban on genetically modified foods is a serious mistake, for which Poland will pay for in the future.

 



                                  PART 4

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TITLE:  GERMAN CONSUMERS SKEPTICAL OF GENE TECHNOLOGY

SOURCE: Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung, Germany

AUTHOR: Press Release

URL:    http://www.gfk.com/group/press_information/press_releases/001164/index.en.html

DATE:   16.02.2007

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GERMAN CONSUMERS SKEPTICAL OF GENE TECHNOLOGY

Findings of a GfK survey on gene technology

Nuremberg, February 16, 2007 – Genetically modified food products are not accepted by German consumers. Many of the subjects surveyed also believed that the current mandatory labeling regulations for genetically modified foods should be improved or are inadequate. However, the use of genetic technology in non-food products is regarded with much less skepticism by consumers. These are the findings of a GfK Marktforschung survey carried out in December 2006 on the attitudes and habits of Germans to gene technology.

In general, four out of ten subjects surveyed were against the use of gene technology in medicine, plant pesticides and fertilizers and foods, as well as in everyday products such as cosmetics and detergents. Only 4.9% of German consumers were found to be principally in favor of gene technology.

 High level of rejection in the food sector

Consumers are generally skeptical of the use of gene technology in food products: 74.9% of consumers surveyed rejected the development and introduction of genetically modified foods as a matter of principle. At 6.7%, the number of protagonists was very low, with 18.3% indifferent to the subject.

85.5% of interviewees rejected animal products including sausage, ham and meat if these originated from animals which had been directly subjected to genetic modification, or had been indirectly affected by genetically modified feedstock. 77.7% of German consumers said they rejected genetically modified fruit and vegetables, with 75.9% rejecting dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt and 73.7% refusing genetically modified bread. At the other end of the scale come beverages, with a 45.1% rejection level.

The use of gene technology or genetically modified substances in fruit and vegetables was accepted by 8.1%, which represents the highest factor in the food sector. For both meat and dairy products, 4.8% found gene technology acceptable, and for bread, the figure was 2.8%, with 1.5% finding genetically modified beverages acceptable.

 

Mandatory labeling needs to be improved

Consumers are equally skeptical of the mandatory labeling regulations applying to genetically modified foods in their present form: 72.4% regard the regulations as needing improvement or inadequate. 22.8% of Germans are of the opinion that the current regulations are adequate, while 2.1% believe these are excessive.

 

Less skepticism for pesticides, fertilizers and medicine

Markedly fewer Germans reject the use of gene technology in non-food sectors: for medicine, 10.7% were against its use in vaccinations and inoculations and 10.2% rejected gene technology for other medical products, such as insulin. On the issue of fertilizers, 3.4% of the survey subjects rejected gene technology, although for insecticides and weed killers, the figure was only 2.1%.

Compared to the food sector, the number of protagonists is higher here. With a figure of 29.9%, the maximum level of acceptance of gene technology was recorded for insecticides and weed killers, followed by fertilizers at 18.7%. For vaccinations and inoculations, the level of acceptance totaled 18.1% and for other medical products 16.9%.

 

The survey

The findings come from a GfK Marktforschung survey on genetic technology carried out in December 2006. In the context of the survey, 1,023 consumer interviews were conducted with subjects aged 16 years and over. In addition to general attitudes to gene technology, acceptance or rejection of specific products and assessment of the current mandatory labeling regulations, the survey covered other subject areas. Also included was an assessment of the relevant info rmation material available, as well as the general propensity to buy genetically modified products, the specific propensity taking into account the prices compared with traditionally produced foods and preferences relating to genetically modified versus naturally made products. The researchers had already surveyed German consumers in a first survey wave carried out in 1996.

 

The GfK Group

The GfK Group is the No. 4 market research organization worldwide. Its activities cover five business divisions, Custom Research, Retail and Technology, Consumer Tracking, Media and HealthCare. In addition to 13 German subsidiaries, the Group has over 130 subsidiaries and affiliates located in more than 70 countries. Of a current total of over 7,800 employees, around 80% are based outside Germany . For further info rmation, visit our website: www.gfk.com.

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GfK AG, Corporate Communications

Marion Eisenblätter

Nordwestring 101 – D-90319 Nuremberg

Tel. +49 911 395-2645 – Fax +49 911 395-4041

marion.eisenblaetter@gfk.com

 



                                  PART 5

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TITLE:  ICELAND’S IMAGE NOT SO PURE?

SOURCE: Iceland Review, Iceland

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URL:    http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=28304&ew_0_a_id=266542

DATE:   28.02.2007

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ICELAND’S IMAGE NOT SO PURE?

Livestock in Iceland is given genetically modified food, which jeopardizes Iceland’s image of purity and the export of Icelandic food products, according to director of the Consumers’ Association of Iceland Jóhannes Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson claimed Icelandic lamb and dairy products are exported to foreign markets as pure natural products, which is not the case if the livestock is given genetically modified food. Fréttabladid reports. Gunnar Á. Gunnarsson, manager of the organic Certification Association Tún, said farmers in Iceland are increasingly feeding genetically modified food to their livestock. Such food is not marked clearly, which is an obligation in other European countries. Although a draft regarding clear markings of genetically modified food for livestock has been submitted at the Ministry for the Environment, Gunnar Á. Gunnarsson believes more needs to be done to repair Iceland’s image of purity. 

 


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