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GE - Two good news from Holland

Though not officially published yet it is by now certain that the Dutch
Pesticide Board will not make any change in the policy regarding the use
of glufosinate ammonium. This means that glufosinate ammonium may only
be used in the early stages of the crop's growing and that the crop
needs to be protected. Consequence is that any GE crop using glufosinate
ammonium cannot be commercially grown!
It is expected that GE companies will appeal to the decision, but for
now it is good news.

A second good news is that two campaigners who fight field trials in
court have recntly won their third case. A field trial by Van der Have
Company ( a seedcompany who in a joint venture with Zeneca form Advanta,
the 5th biggest seedcompany in the world!) with GE sunflowers has been
opposed to.  The campaigners filed suit at the Dutch Council of States
because VanderHave did not  apply for a specific plant that had been
developed but applied for the use of 40 genes to be used in different
combinations in sunflower.
Basically  VanderHave already had permission for this but wanted to
extend the permission with one more gene. It is at this point still
unclear whether the whole field trial has been cancellled or that only
the extension will not be allowed. It looks like the whole trial is off.
As soon as the Council of States gives all details we will post it to
the lists.
The campaigners have now won 3 cases of the 3  that have been before the
Council of States. They still have another 20 or so cases to come up.
The campaigners are Lilly Eysten and Han van der Meulen  from Amsterdam.
They started opposing field trials three years ago. They are doing a
great job and are inspiring to all of us here.