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REGULATION: German minister Seehofer announces new rules ongenetically modified crops

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TITLE:  German minister Seehofer announces new rules on genetically
        modified crops
AUTHOR: AFX - Agence France Press, by Maria Sheahan
DATE:   09.03.2007

German minister Seehofer announces new rules on genetically modified crops

FRANKFURT (AFX) - Germany's consumer minister Horst Seehofer announced
stricter regulation of where farmers can plant genetically modified
crops in the country, Die Welt reported.

Genetically modified crops must be at least 150 meters away from
conventional crops, the newspaper cited Seehofer as saying.

That means that it will no longer be possible to plant such modified
crops in parts of the country including the states of Bavaria and Baden-
Wuerttemberg because of the density of food crops, the newspaper said.

'We want to live side by side without our neighbours having to think
they will be harmed,' Seehofer told the newspaper.

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TITLE:  German Federal Cabinet approves cornerstone paper for amended Gene
        Technology Act
SOURCE: GMO Compass, Germany
DATE:   06.03.2007

German Federal Cabinet approves cornerstone paper for amended Gene
Technology Act

The German Federal cabinet unanimously approved the key points of the
federal minister of agriculture, Horst Seehofer, for the amendment of
the current gene technology act. After lengthy internal discussion, the
cabinet cleared the first hurdle towards the amendment, which had been
agreed upon in the coalition treaty. Incorporation of the cornerstone
paper into the Gene Technology Act will have no far-reaching effects
upon current regulations on the cultivation of GM plants.

For the cultivation of GM maize, a distance of 150 metres between GM and
conventional plants will be required in the future. Farmers growing GM
plants will be subject to special guidelines of Good Farming Practice
and will be responsible for economic losses resulting from non-adherence
to these rules. Affected conventional farmers also retain their
entitlement to compensation for damage caused by GMO presence outside of
the separation zones. Furthermore, even when bearing no individual
personal responsibility, all GMO-cultivating farmers within a region are
collectively liable. This joint risk is intended to be absorbed by a
voluntary commitment from seed producers.

It remains necessary for all cultivation sites of GM plants to be
entered in the site register of the German Federal Bureau for Consumer
Protection, BVL. However, the public will have access only to
information on the relevant land boundaries and not to information on
individual land parcels.

On the issue of research field trials, the key point paper provides more
details to some topics which have been controversial to date. For
example, particular attention needs to be paid to ensuring that no GMO
traces enter the food and feed chain as a result of such experiments.

Press release Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

GMO Safety: Outcrossing from transgenic maize and quantifying
outcrossing rates

GMO-Compass: Coexistence in Germany

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