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GE - GMO News 28/9 part 2
1) BUSINESS LINE September 28, 1999 -India- Biotech dept sets up separate
patents cell Our Bureau NEW DELHI, Sept. 27 
2) BUSINESS LINE September 28, 1999 -Business Line Editorial- The soyabean
soup

3) BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999 -SEMINAR / GENETICALLY -MODIFIED ORGANISMS-
Bid for plainly grown food 
4) BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999 - SEMINAR / GENETICALLY -MODIFIED
ORGANISMS-

5)BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999-Activists decry weak bio-safety controls 
6) Daily Record September 28, 1999, -NEW GADGET SPOTS GM FOODS
7)The Guardian (London) September 28, 1999 -Prince's aide revives row over GM
food; Environment BYLINE: Nicholas Watt and David Hencke 
8) The Guardian (London) September 28, 1999 - Bournemouth diary 
9) Japan Economic Newswire September 28, 1999, - Japan to propose GMO study
group at WTO talks DATELINE: TOKYO, Sept. 28 Kyodo 
10) M2 PRESSWIRE September 28, 1999 - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Public
lecture to provide biotechnology perspectives 
11)  The Times (London) September 28, 1999,-GM foods threat [AgrEvo]
12)  The Vancouver Sun September 28, 1999, -Grocery chain asked to label all
genetically modified foods: Two lobby groups say 
13)South Wales Evening Post September 27, 1999 - Plaid pledges Labour freeze
Welsh party promises stormy winter of discontent BYLINE: By Brian Walters,
Political 
> Editor Reports From The Plaid Cymru Conference In Llandudno 
14) De Telegraaf September 25, 1999 -'FAMILIEBEDRIJF' STRUIK WEERT
AANDELENMANNETJES PERSONEEL BELANGRIJKER DAN HOOGSTE RENDEMENT 
15) Chicago Sun-Times - Biotech food companies plan defense  BYLINE: BY BRETT
CHASE 
16) The St. Petersburg Times, Online, Tuesday, September 28,  1999, Officials
Deny Modified Maize Imports Illegal By Jen  Tracy 
17)  INTERVIEW-Brazil GM soy ban cultivates seed smuggling By Robert S.
Elliott
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 28 (Reuters) - 
18) 09/28 =DJ Archer-Daniels CEO: Opportunity In Gene-Altered Food ADM NEW
YORK
(Dow Jones)-
19) Frankfurter Rundschau, Online, 09/24/99, Gen-Mais,  Greenpeace färbt
Pflanzen rot RIEDSTADT. 

1) BUSINESS LINE September 28, 1999 -India- Biotech dept sets up separate
patents cell Our Bureau NEW DELHI, Sept. 27 
> The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has set up a separate 
> patent facilitating cell. The cell will help in processing 
> applications for patenting in the field of biotechnology. 
> 
> In addition to helping patenting inventions arising from 
> research sponsored by the Department, the cell would extend 
> consultancy to other research and development institutions, 
> according to an official release. The DBT has acquired a 128 
> Kbps link from Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) and 
> established an in-house local area network to provide easy 
> Internet access for its officials. In another decision 
> related to DBT, the Government has approved a contribution 
> of Rs. 5 crores for India's continuation in the 
> International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biology 
> (ICGEB) in the Capital. Copyright 1999: Business Line. All 
> Rights Reserved. LANGUAGE: English LOAD-DATE: September 28, 
> 1999 [Entered September 28, 1999] 
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2) BUSINESS LINE September 28, 1999 -Business Line Editorial- The soyabean
soup
BODY: An anticipated 10 per cent decline in soyabean 
> production in the 1999-2000 kharif harvest is a matter of 
> concern for the government and the processing industry 
> alike. The area coverage has shrunk this season and weather 
> aberrations are likely to affect yields. The industry has 
> blamed the government's liberal vegetable oils import 
> policy for the crop decline. But there is no evidence to 
> suggest that soyabean growers received such poor prices 
> this year that they decided to switch to other crops. Over 
> the last several years, soyabean farmers received 
> attractive returns, at times as much as 20-30 per cent 
> above the minimum support price, which have improved their 
> economic lot. An independent investigation into the cause 
> of lower acreage this kharif season may bring out the 
> correct picture. In recent years, soyabean has assumed 
> increasing importance for the country's oilseeds economy 
> following its rapidly rising contribution to aggregate 
> oilseeds production, indigenous vegetable oil supplies and, 
> more significantly, to foreign exchange earnings by way of 
> meal exports. Even when overall oilmeal exports have 
> suffered a negative growth, soyameal has bucked the trend. 
> 
> The share of soyabean extraction in the aggregate export 
> of oilmeals is significant (over 60 per cent) in terms of 
> both volume and value. Therefore, lower soyabean output in 
> the ensuing season is bound to slow down processing 
> activity and meal exports. About the only silver-lining is 
> that an imminent firming up of the soyabean market will 
> help growers realise higher prices relative to what they 
> received last season. But higher raw material cost and 
> tight availability are sure to affect the operations of the 
> processing industry. Projections of soyameal exports for 
> the next crop year indicate a 30 per cent decline by volume 
> to about 22 lakh tonnes. Also, large production elsewhere 
> in the world will mean a competitive marketing environment. 
> Industry representatives and government officials must, 
> therefore, work in concert to ensure that delays and 
> infrastructure costs are cut down and export shipments are 
> facilitated. With several Asian countries recognising the 
> need to label transgenic food products, a new window of 
> opportunity is opening for Indian oilmeal. Unlike the US, 
> India does not produce genetically -modified soyabean. Meal 
> importers, particularly in Asia, have started to ask for 
> GMO -free feedstuff. For India, the GMO -free nature of 
> soyameal has the potential to become a strong selling 
> proposition. Given the geographic proximity and the fairly 
> strong customer relations developed in recent years, Indian 
> trading houses should be in a position to exploit this 
> niche market fully. While the processing industry 
> recognises the marketing opportunity, its demand for import 
> of soyabean to tide over domestic shortfall in the ensuing 
> season may create a conflicting situation. Major exporters 
> such as the US do not treat transgenic soyabean as a 
> separate category and, therefore, will not guarantee GMO - 
> free supplies. Additionally, at the ports of entry in India 
> the facilities for testing the quality of imported material 
> are rather inadequate. Import of transgenic soyabean into 
> the country would willy-nilly affect the purity of the 
> Indian material. Policy-makers and industry representatives 
> must think through this dilemma and come up with solutions 
> that are in the long-term interests of the country. 
> 
> Copyright 1999: Business Line. All Rights Reserved. 
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3) BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999 -SEMINAR / GENETICALLY -MODIFIED ORGANISMS-
Bid for plainly grown food BODY: The government aims to set 
> up a zone free from Genetically Modified Organisms ( GMO) 
> products to attract prospective buyers of non- GMO 
> products. Newin Chidchob, deputy agriculture minister, said 
> as the onset of GMO cultivation could not be stopped, a 
> special GMO -free zone should be established. Once farmers 
> in such a zone are duly registered, the government could 
> set up a laboratory to ensure imported seeds are non- GMO. 
> 
> The government would also guarantee products from the zone 
> are GMO -free, said Mr Newin. The Department of Agriculture 
> is installing equipment to examine GMO products in addition 
> to the laboratory operated by Biotech Centre of the 
> Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Mr Newin 
> said the zone must be created to cater to prospective 
> importers of Thai products. He could not guarantee the 
> whole country as a GMO zone amid signs that BT cotton seeds 
> smuggled into the country have been planted here. Copyright 
> 1999: Bangkok Post. All Rights Reserved. 
> ===================#=================== 
4) BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999 - SEMINAR / GENETICALLY -MODIFIED
ORGANISMS-
Safety- first path towards commercialism BODY: Post 
> Reporters Users, environment prime consideration A seminar 
> on genetically -modified organisms ( GMOs) yesterday 
> resolved to adopt a safety-first approach toward its 
> anticipated commercialisation in the country. The majority 
> of participants agreed the country should accept the 
> technology, provided thorough studies are conducted to 
> appraise its pros and cons on consumers and the environment. 
> But they wanted to see more effective law enforcement and 
> testing to ensure the products were really safe. Organised 
> by the Department of Agriculture, the meeting was aimed at 
> closing a gap in understanding between proponents and 
> opponents. Some 250 persons attended. GM foods have been 
> under attack by environmentalists on safety and 
> environmental concerns since US-based Monsanto Co tried to 
> market them two years ago. Most participants yesterday said 
> Thailand should not stay isolated just because it lacked 
> supporting information, but rather should take a pro-active 
> stand and invest in developing research capability. They 
> believe acceptance of GMOs was inevitable and therefore 
> adopting stringent laws or measures to manage them would be 
> a better option. Thai agriculturalists for years have tried 
> to develop better strains of soybean and cotton to increase 
> yield but to no avail due to the strains' defective genes. 
> 
> Green groups and consumer rights advocates demanded the 
> benefits of GMOs be accrued to the public and not large 
> international corporations if the so-called "Frankenstein 
> foods" were accepted. Participants also demanded strict 
> labelling and monitoring measures to provide consumers a 
> choice whether they wanted GM foods in their lives. Another 
> problem addressed by government officials and grassroot 
> developers was access to information. The meeting agreed 
> the information on GM foods available at present was 
> largely unclear. The participants wanted to see a single 
> agency - with international standard quality - to oversee 
> bio-safety of genetically -altered produce. The importance 
> of public participation in all stages involved in 
> decision-making via public hearings was also emphasised, 
> along with their right to be informed. All agreed a 
> follow-up committee should be set up and that all the 
> proposed measures were in place before importing the foods. 
> Opinions and proposals heard at yesterday's meeting will be 
> presented to the cabinet before deciding on the country's 
> official stance. Deputy Agriculture Minister Newin Chidchob 
> meanwhile confirmed his earlier statement that no 
> commercialisation of GMOs would be allowed until future 
> studies proved it was beneficial. Copyright 1999: Bangkok 
> Post. All Rights Reserved. 
> ===================#=================== 
5)BANGKOK POST September 28, 1999-Activists decry weak bio-safety controls 
> BODY: Post Reporters GM cotton detected in other farmland 
> Environment activists have accused the government of lax 
> bio-safety controls, resulting in the alleged spread of 
> genetically -modified cotton to the open environment. 
> 
> Witoon Lianchamroon, the co-ordinator of Biothai, said his 
> organisation and other five non-governmental organisations 
> are ready to provide evidence that GM cotton have been 
> detected in some farmland. He demanded the government stop 
> all GMO tests until it has revised bio-safety procedures. 
> 
> The government should also set up a national committee to 
> investigate the case, he added. "The government should 
> revise the current bio-safety practices. Rather than 
> jumping on the band wagon, it should come up with a 
> watertight bio-safety law similar to the one in the 
> European Union. Under the current plant quarantine act, 
> violators who release the GMOs into nature are subject to 
> only two-year imprisonment. This is not enough," he 
> stressed. Mr Witoon referred to crops testing the Bollgard 
> cotton strain initiated by the US-based biotechnology giant 
> Monsanto Co in 1995. He said farmer groups had supplied him 
> with seed and boll samples which underwent DNA tests of the 
> DNA Technology Laboratory at the Nakhon Pathom campus of 
> Kasetsart University. The result showed the samples had 
> positive results for the bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) 
> bacterium gene. The built-in toxin kills boll worm which is 
> an arch pest in cotton farming. The premature introduction 
> of Bt cotton could lead to potentially irreversible damage 
> to health and natural ecosystems, he said. Mr Witoon said 
> the Bt cotton killed insects that were natural predators of 
> boll worms and monarch butterflies which facilitated 
> pollination. Newin Chidchob, the deputy agriculture 
> minister, said he would set up a comittee which would 
> include NGO representatives to investigate the case. 
> 
> However, Ananta Dalodom, head of the Agriculture 
> Department, denied the allegations and insisted the trial 
> must continue. "Field trial is transparent and all 
> procedures are strictly controlled." 
> 
> He said it was illogical to carry out the trial on 
> farmland. That would be potentially harmful to the 
> marketing of the Bt- cotton products in the future since 
> farmers could collect seeds for later use. Mr Ananta 
> stressed that in order to ensure transparency, he should 
> not be named to chair the investigative committee promised 
> by Mr Newin. Bio-engineering firms such as Cargill, 
> Novatis, and Pioneer Hybrid are also carrying out GMO tests 
> on corn and cotton in Thailand. Sanya Bhummichitra, 
> Monsanto general manager for agricultural sector, said the 
> company has strictly followed trial procedures suggested by 
> the bio-safety committee and in line with the laws enforced 
> by the Agriculture Department. Copyright 1999: Bangkok 
> Post. All Rights Reserved. 
> ===================#=================== 

6) Daily Record September 28, 1999, -NEW GADGET SPOTS GM FOODS 
> BODY: A SCOTS inventor has developed a gadget which can tell 
> instantly if food has been genetically modified. Richard 
> Lamotte, of Alchemy laboratories in Dundee, created the kit 
> which is similar to a home pregnancy test and simple to use. 
> Lamotte hopes the pounds 5 test will make it easier for 
> farmers, supermarkets and monitoring agencies to know 
> exactly what they are passing on to customers. And now 
> Alchemy have won through to the national finals of the 
> Scottish Innovation John Logie Baird Awards with the design. 
> The Alchemy Cry 1 Rapid Test takes seconds to determine 
> whether flour and corn contain two of the most common GM 
> toxins. A tiny sample of plant tissue is placed on the 
> pounds 5 kit and a result is given in seconds. The test can 
> detect as little as one part per billion of GM toxin. 
> 
> Lamotte said: "It will help growers, farmers and seed 
> manufacturers know exactly what they have and it will allow 
> supermarkets to monitor their suppliers." 
> 
> ===================#=================== 
7)The Guardian (London) September 28, 1999 -Prince's aide revives row over GM
food; Environment BYLINE: Nicholas Watt and David Hencke 
BODY: Nicholas Watt and David Hencke 
> An adviser to the Prince of Wales will re-ignite the row 
> between St James's Palace and Tony Blair over genetically 
> modified foods today when he condemns the government's 
> handling of the issue. Hours before the prime minister's 
> set piece conference speech, Patrick Holden will tell a 
> fringe meeting in Bournemouth that Downing Street has 
> completely misjudged public opinion on GM foods. His attack 
> on the government will anger the prime minister, who 
> demonstrated his irritation with the anti-GM food campaign 
> at the weekend when he pleaded with the Labour conference to 
> give scientific trials a chance. Mr Holden will formally 
> appear at the fringe meeting today as director of the Soil 
> Association. However, his views are line with the Prince of 
> Wales who publicly voiced his doubts in June when he raised 
> 10 'unanswered questions" about the safety of GM foods in a 
> newspaper article. Mr Holden, who recently held talks with 
> Monsanto, the GM food giant, will reiterate the prince's 
> scepticism in blunter language at the meeting which has 
> been organised by the GMB union. 'I am amazed at how out of 
> touch the government is with public opinion," Mr Holden 
> said. 'They see the reaction of ordinary people as 
> hysterical, saying that they are being led by groups which 
> have hyped up the dangers. But I have appeared at 80 public 
> meetings in the past 18 months where people have real 
> concerns." 
> 
> Mr Holden said that people had gone from nothing about GM 
> foods last year to having an increasingly sophisticated 
> grasp of biotechnology, a process which was helped by the 
> Prince of Wales's intervention over the summer. 
> 
> The prince caused embarrassment to the prime minister, who 
> insists that research into GM foods should be allowed to 
> proceed, when he he raised questions about the safety, 
> ethics and efficacy of GM technology. In a direct challenge 
> to one of the government's main defences of GM foods, the 
> prince said he was doubtful that GM foods would be 
> important in helping to feed the world's growing 
> population. He said that sounded 'suspiciously like 
> emotional blackmail". Mr Holden last night defended the 
> prince's views which had placed him at odds with Downing 
> Street. 'It is right for someone who feels strongly to act 
> as a catalyst for questions to be asked more strongly," Mr 
> Holden said. 'That was an appropriate use of his influence. 
> He did not get up and say this is wrong - he said there 
> were questions that needed to be answered." 
> 
> Mr Holden admitted that the prince had to tread carefully. 
> 'It is a sensitive area because it is seen as a political 
> issue," he said. 'But this is the greatest environmental 
> issue." 
> 
> Senior ministers at the Labour conference have expressed 
> exasperation with the highly successful campaign against GM 
> foods by groups such as the Soil Association. The prime 
> minister, who was initially enthusiastic about GM foods, 
> recently qualified his position when he called on people to 
> keep an open mind on the issue. However, he is determined to 
> ensure that GM trials are allowed to continue. The rift 
> between the government and St James's Palace over GM foods 
> -Downing Street reacted with barely disguised irritation to 
> the prince's intervention - briefly threatened to sour 
> relations between the prime minister and the prince. 
> 
> Downing Street defused the row by describing the prince's 
> intervention as 'an important contribution to an important 
> public debate", although a spokesman pointedly made clear 
> that the 'government is responsible for government policy'. 
> Mr Holden's intervention follows the revelations in the 
> Observer at the weekend that Prince Charles had been 
> providing 'gifts in kind' to the pro -hunting Countryside 
> Alliance by allowing his royal residence at Highgrove to be 
> used for a fund raising event. The Prince's name was on a 
> list of prominent supporters believed to been handed out by 
> the organisation to encourage other prominent people to 
> support them. The list reads like a Who's Who of Tory 
> hereditary peers. As well as the Duke of Marlborough, it 
> includes the Duke of Westminster, the Duke of 
> Northumberland, the Marquess of Hartington, the Earl of 
> Leicester, the Duke of Roxburghe, Lord Vestey, Lord 
> Puttenham, Lord Faringdon and Lord Keith as well as the 
> author Frederick Forsyth and the actor Jeremy Irons. 
> 
> Analysis, page 19 Hugo Young, page 20 Leader comment and 
> letters, page 21 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH LOAD-DATE: September 28, 
> 1999 [Entered September 28, 1999] 
> ===================#=================== 

8) The Guardian (London) September 28, 1999 - Bournemouth diary 
BODY: New Labour's hitherto awesome stage management 
> skills are suddenly looking a touch rusty. Even as 
> apparatchiks yesterday worked tirelessly to keep 
> controversy off the conference floor - air traffic control 
> privatisation has been knocked off the agenda and party 
> veterans picking up merit awards gagged in case they say 
> something awkward - unexploded political grenades kept 
> appearing under the hall door. Last night there was a row 
> when delegates were blocked from voting against the private 
> finance initiative. Today, there will be an attempt by the 
> Calder Valley constituency to reintroduce public ownership 
> into Tony Blair's clause four. And tomorrow, for the first 
> time since Labour returned to office, the platform faces a 
> possible double defeat over union motions on working time 
> and the Post Office. Jon Cruddas, Downing Street's link man 
> with the unions, was in a frenzy of activity yesterday and 
> appeared to have struck up an extraordinarily close 
> relationship with communication workers' leader Derek 
> Hodgson, following him wherever he went, remonstrating and 
> cajoling. He seemed particularly concerned there should be 
> no mention of a one-time Blair statement against Post 
> Office privatisation. Delegates were meanwhile surprised to 
> see how fresh Gordon Brown looked during his keynote 
> speech, after a gruelling overnight flight from the IMF in 
> Washington. Gordon's little secret was a lavish application 
> of his girlfriend Sarah Macaulay's Boots Number 7 make-up 
> to cover up his exhaustion. Normally the Iron Chancellor 
> prefers his own Body Shop foundation colouring - but he had 
> run out. Behind the scenes, there was uproar in the 
> exhibition stands over a New Labour joke book on sale in 
> the officially-endorsed Politico's bookshop. One joke in 
> particular had animal rights activists preparing for direct 
> action and ready to demand a ban. The offending item - 
> described as 'utterly tasteless" by the RSPCA - reads: 'Q: 
> How do you make David Blunkett's dog go woof? A: Douse it 
> in petrol and throw a match at it." After talks with 
> Millbank officials, Iain Dale of Politico's stuck up a 
> picture of his own Battersea rescue dog Gio to pacify the 
> critics. Tony Blair will be unable to satisfy his passion 
> for genetically modified food this week as his conference 
> hotel is going GM-free. To add insult to injury, his 
> favourite Islington restaurant, Granita (where he and 
> Gordon famously decided who would lead the Labour party) is 
> also turning its back on GM food. The news comes only days 
> after the Palace of Westerminster caterers announced that 
> they too were going GM free. Gio was not the only animal at 
> the centre of political controversy. Centrepiece of the 
> farmers' protest outside the conference centre yesterday 
> was the South Devonshire bull called Baby. Faced with Baby 
> and the serried ranks of angry countrymen, the Blairite MP 
> Stephen Twigg remarked how 'nice it is to find the police 
> protecting you". Seumas Milne 
> ===================#=================== 

9) Japan Economic Newswire September 28, 1999, - Japan to propose GMO study
group at WTO talks DATELINE: TOKYO, Sept. 28 Kyodo 

> Japan plans to propose that a study group be set up to 
> discuss genetically modified organisms ( GMOs) under an 
> agriculture trade negotiating group in the new round of 
> global trade talks set to begin late this year under the 
> World Trade Organization (WTO), government sources said 
> Tuesday. The Japanese proposal calls for the study group to 
> look into how the safety of genetically altered farm 
> products should be assessed, and how such products should 
> be labeled, in different countries, and to scrutinize the 
> ongoing debate on GMO agricultural products at 
> international organizations, according to a copy of a draft 
> of the proposal obtained by Kyodo News. It stresses the 
> need for appropriate ways to assess the potential of 
> genetic engineering and the impact of such technology on 
> human health and the environment, underlining the 
> importance of answering consumers' concerns about 
> genetically altered farm products. Tokyo will detail the 
> proposal at a two-day meeting of agriculture ministers from 
> Japan, Australia, Canada, the European Union and the United 
> States opening in Canada on Thursday and then present it to 
> the WTO secretariat, the sources said. The latest proposal 
> follows one presented by Japan to the WTO in June, in which 
> Tokyo appealed for creating a forum to deal with 
> genetically altered food on a multilateral basis. 
> 
> Genetically altered food is expected to be a bone of 
> contention in the trade talks, pitting Japan and the EU 
> against the U.S. and Canada over whether such food should 
> be specially labeled. Japan and the EU are in favor of 
> special labeling but the U.S., the world's biggest producer 
> of genetically altered food, and Canada oppose it. In line 
> with a proposal by a government advisory panel, Japan's 
> Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to 
> require some foods made from genetically altered crops to 
> be labeled starting in April 2001. 
> ===================#=================== 

10) M2 PRESSWIRE September 28, 1999 - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Public
lecture to provide biotechnology perspectives 
BODY: Date: Thursday, 
> Sept. 30 Time: 7: 30 p.m. Place: Fletcher Challenge 
> Theatre, Room 1005, Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall 
> Parking: Available at the Health Sciences Parkade. Enter at 
> Gate 1 and turn left off University Boulevard onto East 
> Mall. UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences will present a 
> free public lecture Sept. 30 to inform the growing public 
> debate about biotechnology. "Perspectives on Biotechnology" 
> features author and publisher Brewster Kneen and Doug 
> Powell, director of the Agri-Food Risk Management and 
> Communication Project at the University of Guelph. "I 
> intend to address the question of whether or not the 
> manipulation of life forms for corporate control and profit 
> is a reasonable exercise for society," says Kneen, author 
> of the book Farmaggedon: Food and the Culture of 
> Biotechnology. He is also publisher of The Ram's Horn, a 
> monthly newsletter of food systems analysis. Powell, an 
> assistant professor of Plant Agriculture, is author of Mad 
> Cows and Mother's Milk and Reclaiming Dinner. A journalist 
> and well-known speaker on public issues of science and 
> society, he will talk about the challenge of extracting 
> technology's benefits while actively minimizing potential 
> risks through rigorous food safety risk management. The 
> lecture, co-sponsored by the UBC Biotechnology Lab, takes 
> place at 7: 30 p.m. in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre in 
> UBC's Forest Sciences Centre. It is the first of three 
> community lectures organized by UBC's Faculty of 
> Agricultural Sciences. "Through this lecture series, the 
> faculty hopes to provide information that will help members 
> of the public make their own choices and form their own 
> opinions," says Agricultural Sciences Dean Moura Quayle. 
> 
> The D.B. Quayle Memorial Lecture, "Threats to Global Marine 
> Ecosystems," features Tundi Agardy, senior director for 
> marine conservation, Conservation International, 
> Washington, D.C. It takes place Oct. 28 in the Fletcher 
> Challenge Theatre. The final lecture is "Food Power: The 
> Tussle between Pressure Groups and the Food Barons over the 
> Direction of the Market" with Tim Lang, professor, Food 
> Policy, Thames Valley University, London. It takes place 
> Nov. 25 at 7: 30 p.m. at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. It 
> is co-sponsored by UBC's School of Social Work and Family 
> Studies and Farm Folk/City Folk. For more information on 
> the lectures call (604) 822-1219. CONTACT: Bruce Mason, 
> Public Affairs Office Tel: +1 604 822-2048
> ===================#=================== 

11)  The Times (London) September 28, 1999,-GM foods threat [AgrEvo]
BODY: 
> A dramatic escalation in the campaign against GM crops was 
> unveiled by activists, who have drawn up a "battle plan" 
> against the biotechnology giant, AgrEvo. The activists said 
> they would be widening their targets to include not only GM 
> test sites but offices and investors in the company, which 
> include the Bank of Ireland and the Kuwait Petroleum 
> Company. A list of key personnel in AgrEvo is also being 
> circulated among anti-GM groups. 
> ===================#=================== 

12)  The Vancouver Sun September 28, 1999, -Grocery chain asked to label all
genetically modified foods: Two lobby groups say 
> Loblaws should eventually remove all such products. 
> 
> DATELINE: TORONTO BODY: TORONTO -- Canada's largest 
> grocery chain was the target of a national campaign Monday 
> to make consumers aware of what public interest groups say 
> is the potential risk of genetically modified food. 
> 
> Greenpeace and the Council of Canadians are calling on 
> consumers to pressure Loblaws and affiliated companies to 
> label all genetically modified products and eventually 
> remove them from shelves because of unknown threats to 
> humans and the environment. The two groups say Canadians 
> are being denied the same rights as consumers in Europe, 
> where 10 international food companies have removed such 
> modified ingredients from products ''but refuse to do the 
> same in Canada.'' ''We're here today to call on Loblaws, 
> SuperStores and the rest ... to offer shoppers the basic 
> right to buy food free of genetic engineering,'' Jennifer 
> Story of the Council of Canadians said at a press 
> conference outside a Toronto Loblaws Monday. Loblaws says 
> it has confidence in the regulatory system and will respond 
> to any growing consumer concern over modified food. The 
> federal agency that approves the products for consumption 
> in Canada says this country has a long history of food 
> safety and consumers face no significant threat from the 
> corn, canola, soya, potatoes and other genetically 
> engineered foods that end up on their dinner table. ''Our 
> first priority is for the safety of the environment and 
> health of consumers,'' said Bart Bilmer of the Canadian Food 
> Health Inspection Agency, adding that new standards for a 
> voluntary labeling system are now being developed. 
> 
> ===================#=================== 

13)South Wales Evening Post September 27, 1999 - Plaid pledges Labour freeze
Welsh party promises stormy winter of discontent BYLINE: By Brian Walters,
Political 
> Editor Reports From The Plaid Cymru Conference In Llandudno 
> BODY: THE National Assembly for Wales is on course for a 
> turbulent second term and winter of discontent. Plaid Cymru 
> president Dafydd Wigley threatened at his party's 
> conference in Llandudno to propose a censure motion which 
> could topple the minority Labour administration. As 
> reported on Saturday, in his presidential address to the 
> conference, Mr Wigley demanded that the Westminster 
> government should come up with match funding for Objective 
> One grants from Europe for West Wales and the South Wales 
> Valleys. "Cough up or get out," was his message to Assembly 
> First Secretary Alun Michael.Even if the motion of no 
> confidence fails - it would need the support of both the 
> Tories and the Liberal Democrats - the spirit of 
> cooperation between Plaid and Labour looks certain to wane. 
> The Conference atmosphere was tinted by revelations that the 
> party had appealed for cash from US supporters despite 
> chairman Marc Phillips's insistence it was an irrelevant 
> issue. Mr Wigley then claimed to have evidence of a smear 
> campaign by Labour. He referred to a dirty tricks briefing 
> document and called on Alun Michael to disassociate himself 
> from it. Mr Wigley and other party leaders are furious that 
> the leaked Labour Party document, Plaid Cymru Conference 
> Briefing Special, encouraged its members to spread 
> malicious reports about Plaid. Ieuan Wyn Jones, an Assembly 
> Member and Plaid Cymru's campaigns manager, said: "This 
> latest evidence of dirty tricks is the final proof of 
> Labour's panic at seeing Plaid Cymru set the political 
> agenda in Wales. "We are, however, saddened at the sheer 
> disregard they have shown towards the need for cooperation 
> between the parties for the Assembly to succeed. "Indeed, 
> their irresponsible panicking is putting the future 
> creditability of the National Assembly in jeopardy." 
> 
> He warned that Labour's dirty tricks campaign had put all 
> future cooperation in the Assembly at risk. Trains stay on 
> private tracks ANY prospect of the railways being brought 
> back into public ownership in the foreseeable future has 
> been ruled out by Plaid Cymru. But there was some sympathy 
> among Conference delegates with a move towards state 
> ownership, suggested by the Gower branch. Gower's Darren 
> Thomas told the conference that privatisation had proved a 
> disaster in places like Swansea which had seen rail 
> services slashed by 40 per cent. Priority Referring to the 
> lack of investment in the railway she said: "The 
> shareholders are Railtrack's number one priority." 
> 
> Railtrack should be brought to book for its lamentable 
> performance in Wales, he added. Ian Titherington, of 
> Swansea West, said the Assembly could not buy back the 
> railways, but he called for Railtrack to be squeezed under 
> existing regulations to provide a better passenger service 
> in Wales. Speaking for the party's executive, Assembly 
> Member Janet Ryder said she had some sympathy with Gower's 
> case. She said: "We cannot achieve an integrated transport 
> policy unless we have control over our own railways." 
> 
> Match cash call so Wales wins grants SOUTH West Wales 
> could lose out on millions of pound of European grants 
> because of the government's failure to match the cash pound 
> for pound. That was the warning from Plaid Cymru at the 
> weekend. Plaid Cymru leaders claim much of the GBP 1.5 
> billion of EU job creating grants for West Wales and the 
> South Wales valleys, available through Objective One, could 
> be lost because of the UK government's lack of commitment 
> to match funding. Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath and Port 
> Talbot are included in the Objective One area.The 
> opportunity to tap into the Euro nest egg starts next April 
> but Labour has said it could be at least a year before 
> match funding is made available. Phil Williams, Plaid 
> Cymru's economic spokesman, told the conference that the EU 
> was looking to the UK government to spread the money 
> equally over the period. 
> 
> "Labour is looking to create 40,000 new jobs in the first 
> two years but how can it if it is not prepared to put its 
> money where its mouth is," he said."Any European money 
> committed in the year 2000 which is not spent by the end of 
> 2001 will be lost." 
> 
> In an interview with the Post, Plaid Cymru Euro-MP Jill 
> Evans said it was imperative that match funding be made 
> available from day one. "From the experience in Ireland, 
> where match funding from the government was ring-fenced, we 
> know the importance of the money being there from the 
> start," she said."It is so short- sighted of our government 
> to skimp on this when it is a life- line to West Wales." 
> 
> On Saturday the Conference passed a motion demanding that 
> the UK government make an emergency allocation of GBP 
> 340million to the Assembly to spearhead Objective One. Dig 
> deep for farmers GRANTS of up to GBP 20,000 could soon be 
> on offer to budding young farmers. Plaid Cymru is concerned 
> that the beleaguered state of the agriculture industry is 
> deterring many young people from going into farming. Rhodri 
> Glyn Thomas, the Carmarthen East and Dynefwr Assembly 
> Member, who is his party's agriculture spokesman, told the 
> Conference that financial incentives had to be made 
> available to attract new blood into farming. "It is our 
> priority in agriculture to provide GBP 3.3 million to help 
> young people go into the industry," he said."Young people 
> are finding it very difficult to go into farming full time. 
> "Grants of GBP 20,000 could be used to help set themselves 
> up all against a large loan so instead of paying, say, 10 
> per cent interest, they might be paying five per cent." 
> 
> Another Plaid Cymru priority in agriculture is to provide 
> more generous subsidies to farmers who are willing to begin 
> producing organically. But the big obstacle will be to 
> persuade the Assembly's finance committee to allocate the 
> necessary funds. Pitching to stop arms PLAID Cymru is 
> cashing in on its popularity which saw election victories 
> in May secure it as the main opposition to Labour in the 
> Welsh Assembly. Only a few years ago only a handful of 
> organisations took stalls at the Nationalist's conference. 
> 
> But for this weekend's Conference in Llandudno they were 
> falling over themselves to get a pitch. One of the busiest 
> stalls was manned by Swansea's Bob Cotterill. Bob, 
> Greenpeace's spokesman in Swansea mustered scores of 
> signatures for Caat, the Campaign Against Arms Trade. 
> 
> GRAPHIC: ON TRACK: Darren Thomas 
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14) De Telegraaf September 25, 1999 -'FAMILIEBEDRIJF' STRUIK WEERT
AANDELENMANNETJES PERSONEEL BELANGRIJKER DAN HOOGSTE RENDEMENT 
DATELINE: 
> MARIJN JONGSMANIJKERK BODY: Familiebedrijf Struik doet met 
> de overname van California voor het eerst zaken met een 
> beursgenoteerd bedrijf. Directeur/eigenaar Hans Struik 
> heeft al heel wat financiele whizzkids langs gehad die hem 
> adviseren zelf de sprong naar het Damrak te wagen. 
> 
> Tevergeefs. Ik ben niet zo'n aandelenmannetje. Gevoel voor 
> traditie kan Struik niet worden ontzegd. Op het 
> bedrijfsterrein in Nijkerk staat tegenover de hoofdkantoren 
> een oud huis dat onder geen beding mag wijken voor 
> parkeerplaatsen of een fraaie lichtbak. Want dat is het 
> huis waar opa Struik begon met een kippenfarm. Ik heb 
> verschillende adviseurs langs gehad die zeiden: je bent uit 
> de tijd daar op de Veluwe, memoreert Struik. Je kunt een 
> smak geld binnenhalen als je naar de beurs gaat! Maar ik 
> vrees dat je de bezieling voor het echte bedrijf dan 
> verliest. Het lijkt me vreselijk om de hele dag te moeten 
> lullen over de beurskoers. Aandeelhouders worden dan de 
> heilige koe. Wij zijn een zelfstandig familiebedrijf, maar 
> dan zonder ooms en tantes die slechts op dividend zitten te 
> azen. Want ik ben voor honderd procent eigenaar. Volgens 
> Struik zijn er bij zijn eigen bedrijf ingrijpende 
> maatregelen denkbaar die het rendement belangrijk zouden 
> opvoeren. Maar die neem ik niet omdat bij ons het personeel 
> belangrijker is. Beursfondsen moeten zo nu en dan wel iets 
> ondernemen om de beurskoers op te krikken. Juist door de 
> voortdurende zucht naar efficiencyverbetering had Struik 
> bij de aankoop van California weinig last van concurrentie, 
> erkent de directeur/eigenaar. Multinationals als Unilever 
> en Nestle zien steeds minder brood in productiebedrijven. 
> 
> Ze zien het als zaak hun merken uit te buiten en 
> investeren veel in onderzoek. Zeker een bedrijf als Nestle 
> besteedt de productie zoveel mogelijk uit. Niet dat de 
> trends geheel aan Struik voorbij gaan. Wij hebben ook hele 
> sterke merken, zoals onze eigen naam en Ye Olde Oak, waar 
> we in Engeland marktleider mee zijn. Zouden we niet meer 
> producten onder die naam op de markt kunnen brengen? Ik 
> denk het wel. En moeten we die dan allemaal zelf maken? 
> Zeker niet. Voor alle voedingsmiddelenproducenten gold 1999 
> tot dusver als een spannend jaar, met de dioxinecrisis en 
> steeds heftiger discussies rond het gebruik van genetisch 
> gemodificeerde organismen (ggo's) in voedsel. We hebben het 
> achteraf goed aangevoeld, stelt Struik tevreden vast. In 
> Groot-Brittannie produceren wij zowel voor Sainsbury als 
> voor Tesco en Safeway. De eerstgenoemde supermarktketen 
> liep zich enorm warm om de ggo's bij de consument 
> acceptabel te maken. Zo kunnen we het voedselprobleem in de 
> wereld oplossen, stelde David Sainsbury. In het begin kreeg 
> hij de steun van de Britse premier Blair! Totdat de acties 
> van Greenpeace tot een groeiende afkeer bij de klanten 
> zorgden. De term Frankenstein Foods was snel geboren. Wij 
> durfden het risico van kopersstakingen meteen al niet aan, 
> en besloten onze leveranciers te verplichten ggo-vrije 
> grondstoffen aan te leveren. Geen sinecure, gezien het feit 
> dat bijvoorbeeld soja uit de Verenigde Staten al voor 40% 
> genetisch gemodificeerd is. Dus hebben we soja vervangen 
> door andere bindmiddelen, aldus Struik. Je wordt al met al 
> iets duurder, vooral door de controlesystemen. Maar het is 
> overkomelijk. Inmiddels heeft ook Sainsbury het roer 
> drastisch omgegooid, en loopt het samen met Tesco voorop in 
> het aanbieden aan ggo- vrije producten. Ik denk dat de 
> discussie heel hot wordt, meer nog dan nu. Nederland moet 
> als exporterend land verduveld goed uitkijken, en geen 
> voorloper worden op het gebied van ggo's onder het motto: 
> 'er is toch wel wat voor te zeggen'. Het zou me namelijk 
> niks verbazen als het hele modificatieproject alsnog in de 
> ijskast belandt. 
> ===================#=================== 

15) Chicago Sun-Times - Biotech food companies plan defense 
> BYLINE: BY BRETT CHASE 
BODY: Monsanto Inc., Du Pont Co., 
> Novartis AG and other companies that produce genetically 
> modified foods are gearing up to defend their products as 
> safety concerns gain momentum in the United States. For 
> these companies, which have staked their future on 
> biotechnology, U.S. acceptance is crucial. Health concerns 
> have led Europeans and the Japanese to spurn the 
> technology, which inserts new genes into crops to make them 
> more resistant to pests and weed killers. The companies 
> hope to stave off similar sentiments in the United States, 
> where much of the food supply already contains genetically 
> modified ingredients. Half of the U.S. soybean acres and 38 
> percent of corn acres were planted with genetically altered 
> seeds this year. About 60 percent of packaged foods contain 
> soy, a source of oil and protein, while corn, a source of 
> starch, oil and sweeteners, is found in about 13 percent of 
> foods. "With all the static in the air, we need to make our 
> own statement," said Ed Shonsey, president and CEO of 
> Novartis Seeds Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss drug 
> and agriculture giant. "We have to reassure (the public) 
> and be activists somewhat ourselves." 
> 
> About 40 religious, farm owner, environmental and other 
> activist groups in the United States are participating in 
> Genetic Engineering Action Network USA, which held a two-day 
> retreat outside San Francisco in August. The groups plan a 
> campaign questioning the environmental and health effects of 
> gene-altered foods. They also intend to lobby Congress and 
> state legislatures for stricter regulations on testing and 
> labeling. Separately, Greenpeace, which has crusaded 
> against genetically engineered food in Europe, started a 
> U.S. campaign this year, asking 50 food companies whether 
> ingredients in their products had been genetically 
> modified. Novartis' Gerber unit and H.J. Heinz Co. said 
> this year that they will not use the ingredients in their 
> baby-food products. Du Pont spokeswoman Kathy Forte 
> acknowledged that U.S. environmental groups are becoming 
> more vocal in their opposition. "The intensity has 
> increased in the United States," she said. "It's not at the 
> level of Europe, but we can't assume it won't be." 
> 
> GRAPHIC: BLOOMBERG NEWS 
> ===================#=================== 

16) The St. Petersburg Times, Online, Tuesday, September 28,  1999, Officials
Deny Modified Maize Imports Illegal By Jen  Tracy 
> STAFF WRITER When Russian authorities accepted an 
> August shipment of genetically engineered maize intended 
> for animal feed, Greenpeace environmental organization 
> cried foul - saying the corn carried lethal toxins and a 
> dangerous antibiotic-resistant gene. Russian agricultural 
> and health officials, as well as U.S. agricultural 
> specialists, however, claim the altered animal feed has 
> absolutely no adverse effects on either animals or humans. 
> 
> Although Greenpeace alleges the United States illegally 
> dumped the 42,000 tons of transgenic maize on Russia, both 
> Russian and U.S. authorities say the shipment was well 
> within the bounds of Russian law. According to Lidia 
> Tereshkova, head of the food division of the federal 
> Sanitary Control Department, permits are needed for 
> shipments of food meant for human consumption but not for 
> animal feed, contrary to Greenpeace's allegations. 
> 
> Vyacheslav Avilov, head of the veterinary department at 
> the Food and Agriculture Ministry told Reuters on Tuesday 
> that "we are importing feed grains that are commonly used 
> in America and Canada." He continued, "and we don't raise 
> any questions as to whether the cargoes contain genetically 
> modified products or not." According to Yelena Sorokina of 
> the Federal Food Institute in Moscow, as far as she can 
> tell, "Russians aren't particularly worried about 
> genetically engineered food. I've never heard of any such 
> problems and I don't understand where the concern is coming 
> from regarding this animal feed." A U.S. Embassy official 
> Thursday complemented the Russian authority's statement 
> saying, "Food shipments from the U.S. to Russia meet the 
> legal and regulatory requirements of both the United States 
> and the Russian Federation, whether intended for animal or 
> human consumption, and pose no danger whatsoever to public 
> health." At a March news conference in St. Petersburg, the 
> U.S. Ambassador to Russia, James Collins, told The St. 
> 
> Petersburg Times that none of the 3.2 million ton 
> humanitarian aid package to Russia would contain 
> genetically altered products. Despite U.S. claims to the 
> contrary, Greenpeace representatives say the animal feed 
> contained a dangerously altered grain, engineered by 
> U.S.-based Novartis Seed Co., and this grain could harm 
> both human health and the agricultural biodiversity of 
> different countries. And laboratory tests conducted by the 
> Austrian federal environmental organization at the behest 
> of Greenpeace, showed the grain did indeed contain Novartis 
> seed. Greenpeace routinely monitors all such aid shipments 
> and receives a sample upon docking, which is then sent to 
> Austria for testing. According to a Greenpeace report filed 
> in early September, the Novartis maize contains an 
> antibiotic-resistant gene which, after it has been passed 
> along the food chain, could render useful antibiotics like 
> ampicillin, penicillin, amoxycillan and others completely 
> useless to humans. In addition, the environmental 
> organization alleges that the grain contains a harmful Bt 
> toxin which could kill off insects useful to certain crops, 
> while helping other dangerous insects build up resistance 
> to insecticides. The maize has been manipulated to be 
> tolerant to the herbicide Basta. Greenpeace says its 
> scientists have proof that this Bt toxin can be passed on 
> in the food chain, and warns that eating meat from 
> livestock that has consumed this genetically altered food 
> could result in secondary digestion of poisonous 
> insecticides. France, Norway, Luxembourg and Austria have 
> all banned imports of Novartis maize, and France recently 
> announced it will no longer authorize the cultivation and 
> marketing of plants containing antibiotic-resistant genes. 
> 
> But despite the bans on its product, Greenpeace alleges 
> that the U.S. refuses to segregate its crops, meaning the 
> Novartis seed is inevitably mixed in with other seeds. The 
> accusation, rather than being one of intentional dumping of 
> genetically engineered seed on Russia, was presented by 
> Greenpeace as a simple matter rendered inactive. And, 
> according to Johnston, there is no chance of it being 
> passed along in the food chain. But Johnston admits that 
> people become concerned, with good reason, when governments 
> and industries start messing around with Mother Nature. He 
> admitted that there are probably some very dangerous 
> genetic engineering experiments being conducted - but 
> Novartis maize isn't one of them. Avilov agreed with this 
> assessment, saying the ministry did not object to accepting 
> animal feed containing transgenic materials if there was no 
> proof that this could be harmful to humans, he told 
> Reuters. The 42,000 tons of maize intended for animal feed, 
> which arrived and was unloaded in Estonia on Aug. 16 and 
> then sent by rail to St. Petersburg, was part of a 3.2 
> million ton humanitarian aid package from the U.S. 
> 
> government. Another shipment of 139,000 tons of maize has 
> left the United States and is expected to arrive in St. 
> 
> Petersburg soon, though neither the U.S. Embassy or 
> Russian authorities could confirm when. Despite Russia's 
> acceptance of the genetically altered maize and U.S. 
> 
> agricultural experts claims that the shipment is in no way 
> harmful to humans, Greenpeace says it still intends to 
> further delve into the matter, though Mika Railo, press 
> secretary for Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, could 
> provide no details as to the organization's course of 
> action. 
> 
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17)  INTERVIEW-Brazil GM soy ban cultivates seed smuggling By Robert S.
Elliott
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 28 (Reuters) - 
> Genetically-modified (GM) soybeans illegally sown in Brazil 
> are being smuggled from Argentina and the United States as 
> farmers crave their cost- cutting advantages, a leading 
> official said Tuesday. "In Brazil there are transgenetic 
> soybeans sown, so the seed had to come as contraband from 
> Argentina or the United States," Victor Castro, general 
> manager of the Argentine Seed Producers Association (ASA), 
> told Reuters. "Brazilian technicians are saying there are 
> some 800,000 hectares planted (with illegal seed), though 
> it is impossible to measure it," Castro added. The 
> Brazilian Association of Seed Producers says all of the 
> contraband seed is of the "Roundup Ready" variety produced 
> by U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. <MTC.N>. Castro 
> estimates farmers save 20 percent on their fertilizer costs 
> using the genetically-modified crop, which also taxes their 
> land less. "Evidently there is a great effort by producers 
> to not lose competitivity and maintain the best technology 
> to save on costs," he said. "If they are saving $25 to $30 
> per hectare...producers make an imperious decision," Castro 
> said. Gene-soy has been planted in Argentina since 1996 and 
> is expected to dominate 80 percent of the crop in 1999 
> according to ASA. The percentage is expected to increase in 
> 2000 and there is no ceiling on how much land can be 
> dedicated to gene-soy, despite what ASA identified as 
> public aversion to "science- fiction agriculture." 
> 
> But in Brazil there is a ban on the seed after 
> environmental group Greenpeace won an August court decision 
> that forced Monsanto to launch a one-year study over the 
> impact of the genes on the local eco-system. Brazil and 
> Argentina are the second and third largest soybean 
> producers on the planet, pumping out roughly 50 million 
> tonnes combined per year. Castro said illegal seed is being 
> carried into Brazil in suitcases or via shipments earmarked 
> for one use -- such as manufacturing oils -- and diverted 
> to another. "It's difficult to manage. The 
> Argentine-Brazilian border, for example, is very wide," he 
> said. Seed smuggled from Argentina would be planted in 
> Brazil's southern soy areas centering on Rio Grande do Sul 
> state -- the country's third largest grower which borders 
> Argentina -- as it would benefit from similar growing 
> conditions, Castro said. 
> 
> REUTERS Executive News Svc.
> ===================#=================== 

18) 09/28 =DJ Archer-Daniels CEO: Opportunity In Gene-Altered Food ADM NEW
YORK
(Dow Jones)--Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.'s 
> (ADM) chief executive believes genetically engineered food 
> provides unforeseen health benefits for the world and his 
> company. In a CNBC appearance Tuesday, G. Allen Andreas 
> said, "new foods are on the horizon that have better 
> nutritional value, that can bring new properties that are 
> needed to feed the world at a rate without invading the 
> environment, and without cutting down so many of the 
> forests and other parts of the world that should be 
> preserved." 
> 
> Andreas said the new foods offer his company a business 
> opportunity, when and if foods of different nutritional 
> quality demand different premiums. "(There are) possibly 
> some good opportunities for our company to improve its 
> profitability by being involved in all those basic food 
> materials," he said. - Laura Elizabeth Pohl; 201-938-5392 
> (END) DOW JONES NEWS 09-28-99 02:02 PM Copyright 1999 Dow 
> Jones & Co., Inc. All rights reserved. 
> 
> ===================#=================== 

19) Frankfurter Rundschau, Online, 09/24/99, Gen-Mais,  Greenpeace färbt
Pflanzen rot RIEDSTADT. Der Streit um den 
> Anbau von gentechnisch verändertem Mais in Südhessen ist 
> eskaliert. Unmittelbar vor Erntebeginn besprühten 
> Greenpeace-Aktivisten am Donnerstag ein acht Hektar großes 
> Gen-Mais-Feld bei Riedstadt-Leeheim (Kreis Groß-Gerau) mit 
> einem Gemisch aus Rote-Beete-Saft, Wasser und Mehl. Rund 20 
> Greenpeace-Aktivisten trugen die klebrige Flüssigkeit mit 
> Quasten, mehreren Garten- und einer Feuerwehrspritze auf 
> die Maiskolben auf. "Dieser Gen-Mais kann jetzt den 
> Verbrauchern nicht mehr heimlich untergejubelt werden", 
> sagte Greenpeace-Sprecher Jan van Aken. Der Gen-Mais war 
> nach Angaben von Greenpeace für die Tiermast bestimmt. Er 
> enthalte ein Resistenzgen gegen Antibiotika. Dieses Gen 
> könne über den Nahrungsmittelkreislauf in den 
> Magen-DarmTrakt von Menschen gelangen und dazu führen, dass 
> Antibiotika unwirksam würden. Greenpeace beruft sich bei 
> seiner Kritik auf eine Studie der britischen 
> Ärztevereinigung "British Medical Association", die ein 
> Verbot von Pflanzen mit solchen Resistenzgenen gefordert 
> hatte. Greenpeace-Sprecher Jan van Aken wertet es als 
> Skandal, dass im Gegensatz zu Lebensmitteln gentechnisch 
> veränderte Futtermittel nicht kennzeichnungspflichtig 
> seien. Durch die rote Farbe sei der Mais nicht ungenießbar, 
> aber unverkäuflich geworden. Greenpeace geht davon aus, 
> dass die gefärbten Kolben nicht in den Handel gebracht 
> werden können. Der von der Aktion betroffene Landwirt 
> erstattete Strafanzeige wegen Sachbeschädigung. Beamte der 
> Polizeidirektion Groß-Gerau beendeten die Aktion, stellten 
> die Personalien von 29 Greenpeace-Aktivisten fest und 
> erteilten diesen Platzverweis. Das Ausmaß des Schadens 
> stand gestern noch nicht fest. cas/lhe [ dokument info ] 
> Copyright (c) Frankfurter Rundschau 1999 Dokument erstellt 
> am 23.09.1999 um 20.45 Uhr Erscheinungsdatum 24.09.1999 
> [Entered September 28, 1999] 
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