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GMO-FREE REGIONS & REGULATION: Hungary likely to join GMO-free Alps-Adriatic region



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TITLE:   HUNGARY LIKELY TO JOIN GMO-FREE ALPS-ADRIATIC REGION

SOURCE:  Caboodle, Hungary

AUTHOR:  MTI, Hungary

URL:     http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_archive/single_page/article/11/hungary_like/?cHash=30982141b0

DATE:    15.02.2011

SUMMARY: "The parliament?s sustainable development committee has unequivocally decided that Hungary should join the GMO-free Alps-Adriatic region, committee chair Benedek Javor, of the opposition green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP), said on Monday. Benedek said the committee had previously consulted on this issue with the government and it is hoped that the proposal to join the GMO-free region will get majority support. "

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HUNGARY LIKELY TO JOIN GMO-FREE ALPS-ADRIATIC REGION

The parliament?s sustainable development committee has unequivocally decided that Hungary should join the GMO-free Alps-Adriatic region, committee chair Benedek Javor, of the opposition green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP), said on Monday. Benedek said the committee had previously consulted on this issue with the government and it is hoped that the proposal to join the GMO-free region will get majority support. In an ever-changing international environment, it would be an important move to ensure that Hungary maintains the current GMO moratorium and ban, Javor said. This is especially important because genetically modified crops ?do not recognise borders,? he added. Croatia, Austria, Slovenia and several northern Italian regions are also expected to join the GMO-free Alps-Adriatic region. Hungarian Greenpeace activists last Thursday added a collection of signatures to a European campaign to collect one million signatures for a petition against easing EU rules on produc
 ing genetically modified organisms. Demonstrators in front of the Parliament used grey bull and a curly wooly Racka sheep - both breeds indigenous to Hungary - to drive home their message.



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TITLE:   GREENPEACE CALLS FOR GMO-FREE ZONE

SOURCE:  The Budapest Times, Hungary

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URL:     http://www.budapesttimes.hu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16790&Itemid=219

DATE:    15.02.2011

SUMMARY: "Greenpeace held a colourful demonstration in front of the parliament building last Thursday on the Hungarian leg of a drive to collect a million signatures for a petition against a relaxation of EU regulations on genetically modified crops and livestock."

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GREENPEACE CALLS FOR GMO-FREE ZONE

Greenpeace held a colourful demonstration in front of the parliament building last Thursday on the Hungarian leg of a drive to collect a million signatures for a petition against a relaxation of EU regulations on genetically modified crops and livestock (GMOs). Benedek Jávor of the Hungarian green-liberal party LMP called on legislators to join a Croatian initiative to keep the Alpine-Adriatic region GMO-free. The demonstrators enlisted the help of two grey longhorn cows and a small racka sheep ? breeds indigenous to Hungary ? to make their point. Marta Vetier, a Greenpeace point man on EU affairs, said the Lisbon Treaty would oblige the European Commission to put the issue on its agenda if the organisation succeeds in collecting the signatures of a million EU citizens. Debates on the current EU restrictions on GMOs are on the agenda of Hungary?s six-month EU presidency.