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TITLE:  EU, BAYER?S GM RICE TO BE APPROVED

SOURCE: GreenPlanet.net, Italy

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URL:    http://en.greenplanet.net/food/gmo/456-eu-bayers-gm-rice-to-be-approved.html

DATE:   10.04.2009

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EU, BAYER?S GM RICE TO BE APPROVED

A team of EU experts is to decide whether to authorize the consumption of a GM rice type grown employing a weed killer which is toxic for reproduction and is being banned in the EU from 2017.

EFSA expressed its approval, and starting from this premise the European Commission asked the experts of the Standing Committee for Food Chain and Animals? Health - that will meet in Brussels on April 20 - to authorize sales of Bayer?s LL62 GM rice to be eaten (but not cultivated).

According to APCOM, this would be the first EU authorization to a GMO directly destined to human consumption and not to be fodder for livestock, like the several GM maize types allowed until now. LL62 rice type has been modified with a gene that makes the plant tolerant to glufosinate weed-killer produced by Bayer under the brands ?Basta? and ?Libery? (LL stands for Liberty Link). The genetic modification allows farmers to spread the weed-killer on rice cultivations, thus destroying all infesting plants without affecting the rice itself. IN 2007 glufosinate has been re-allowed in the EU for 10 years, according to pesticide regulations at that time.

EFSA, however, in 2007 gave its technical ?all clear? to LL62 rice, though in 2005 its opinion was quite alarming about this herbicide?s toxicity for reproduction, concluding that there were ?high risks? for mammals in case of swallowing, ?acute risk? for children, and - in few cases - also for farmers who have been exposed for too long. Precisely for this ?repro-toxicity?, indeed, glufosinate is to be banned in EU from 2017 (the authorization won?t be renewed anymore), according to what is provided by the ?black list? in the new EU regulation on pesticide, voted by the European Parliament last January.



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TITLE:  LUXEMBOURG SAYS NO TO GM RICE

SOURCE: Station, Luxembourg

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URL:    http://station.lu/newsDetails.cfm?id=23451

DATE:   09.04.2009

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LUXEMBOURG SAYS NO TO GM RICE

In a statement prior to next week?s European Council meeting, Luxembourg?s Minister for Health, Mars di Bartolomeo, has said that Luxembourg will vote against the proposal to allow genetically modified rice to be made available for sale in the EU. The proposal concerns specifically Bayer?s LL62 genetically-modified (GM) product. Luxembourg?s stance is in the same vein as when it opposed the introduction of a GM sweetcorn from Monsanto. According to local opinion polls, around 75% of Luxembourg?s residents oppose growing or selling genetically modified food.



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TITLE:  TAKE ACTION: STAND UP FOR YOUR RICE!

SOURCE: Greenpeace International, The Netherlands

AUTHOR: Press Release

URL:    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/genetic-engineering/hands-off-our-rice/hands-off-our-rice

DATE:   06.04.2009

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TAKE ACTION: STAND UP FOR YOUR RICE!

Rice is daily food for half of the world?s population. Genetically engineered (GE) rice, on the other hand, is a threat to our health, our agriculture and our biodiversity. Most countries have shied away from allowing risky experimentation with the world?s most important staple crop and at present, no GE rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world. But Bayer, the German chemical giant, has genetically manipulated rice to withstand higher doses of a toxic pesticide called glufosinate, which is considered to be so dangerous to humans and the environment that it will soon be banned from Europe. In the coming weeks, the European Union will also decide whether or not this GE rice can enter EU countries, appear on supermarket shelves and end up on our dinner plates. If the European Union approves the import of Bayer GE rice, farmers in the US and elsewhere may soon start planting the manipulated crop.

Sign the petition

We ask all governments around the world to protect consumers and farmers, their crops and fields by rejecting Bayer?s GE rice, and to stop GE rice field trials.


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