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SC refuses to nominate judge to head GMO committee

TNN | Apr 21, 2012, 04.31AM IST   NEW DELHI: Wary of public cynicism, the Supreme Court on Friday spurned repeatedly requests to nominate a retired apex court judge to head the expert committee for recommending rules for bio-safety testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). A bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar said the petitioners, Aruna Rodrigues and Gene Campaign, as well as the Union government must come to a consensus on the name of a retired judge to head the committee. “We do not have a problem with any name agreed to by the parties. But we are not going to name any judge in this kind of […]

On 10th anniversary of Bt Cotton, Farmer Unions, Scientists and Social activists reject the False Hype and Failed Promises

Rytu Swarajya Vedika & Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) Press Release Hyderabad, 26/03/2012  Roundtable meeting demands comprehensive review of Bt Cotton On the 10th anniversary of introduction of Bt cotton in India, the Roundtable meeting and press conference organized by Rytu Swarajya Vedika and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture exposed the false hype and failed promises of Bt cotton. The Roundtable, which was attended by farmer union leaders, scientists and representatives of people’s organizations, came out with a consensus that “the Government, legislators, policy-makers, farmer organizations and media should reject the false hype about Bt cotton, closely examine the crisis in the cotton belt and critically re-assess the 10 years of Bt cotton. […]

Analysis of Jack Heinemann on the Bt Brinjal Biosafety

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY INTERNATIONAL SAFETY TESTING GUIDELINES FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS download the report Heinemann has previously provided evidence concerning the risk assessment and hazard identification of GM crops  and in particular the appraisal of Monsanto’s bio-safety dossier of Bt brinjal (molecular analyses) for the Supreme Court. He was also one of the independent academic scientists who responded to Shri Jairam Ramesh in his review process of Bt brinjal in 2009-2010. Heinemann’s credentials are well known. This document is his further analyses of the molecular characterisation of Bt brinjal and follows from a request that I (AR) made last year (ref. the Preamble).  It seemed appropriate  to undertake a […]

Bt brinjal has no history of safe use

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/bt-brinjal-has-no-history-safe-use 0 Comments Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Mar 19, 2012 Jack A. Heinemann, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, has expertise in genetic engineering, bacterial genetics and biosafety. As director of the University’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI) since 2001, has contributed in no small measure to a better understanding and management of emerging biotechnologies. INBI, says the academic, has special responsibility for developing tools that improve safety assessments of genetically modified organisms. These tools are aimed at helping government regulators and scientists with other specialities to access the best available and latest research and apply it to hazard identification. In an interview […]


Press Release http://indiagminfo.org/?p=360 (RTI document downloadable at this link) New Delhi/Bengaluru, February 6th 2012: Ahead of a regulators’ meeting on February 8th 2012, and reacting to the confirmed reports of Monsanto’s illegal planting of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) maize in its GM maize trial, the Coalition for a GM-Free India demanded that Monsanto be blacklisted immediately. The violation was revealed in a response of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee to an RTI application. “This agri-business corporation has been caught violating the law and norms repeatedly. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has also been caught failing in its duties. GEAC, in spite of violations brought to its notice earlier also, has never taken up […]

Regional Course 2012 – Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms, Tanzania

Organized in collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam – 23rd April 2012 to 28th April 2012 Venue: Dar es Salaam (University of Dar es Salaam) Topics include: Overview of genomes, genes and gene expression GE process: creation and detection of GMO Laboratory practicals Biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological impacts of GMOs Future applications of genetic engineering Cultural, social, political issues related to GE/GMO Risk assessment and management Implementation of the Precautionary Principle Policy issues, including capacity building and participation (scientific, enforcement, educational, legal) Cartagena Protocol, WTO and other international agreements Practical risk assessment under the guidance of the Biosafety Assessment Tool Background The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to […]

Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was adopted on 15 October 2010 by the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol. It is now open for signature, and to date there are 36 signatories. The Supplementary Protocol will enter into force after 40 Parties to the Cartagena Protocol ratify it. Please find attached an introductory briefing by TWN on the Supplementary Protocol, which examines the process, key elements and some key issues for developing countries.

Did you check the neurotoxin in your ‘soft’ drink today?

http://www.moneylife.in/article/did-you-check-the-neurotoxin-in-your-soft-drink-today/15257.html April 01, 2011 06:56 PM | Veeresh Malik Why are we being fed with increasing amounts of neurotoxins in our diet, in the name of processed foods, when the rest of the world is moving away from them? Pepsi and Coke will actually share the World Cup win on Saturday, as India and Sri Lanka fight for the crumbs As we head in for the finals of the World Cup 2011, it is increasingly becoming apparent that the game is not just between India and Sri Lanka, but largely between Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. This in itself would not have been a problem, sports need sponsors, and cricket has […]

Environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants – concepts and controversies

Angelika Hilbeck, Matthias Meier, Jörg Römbke, Stephan Jänsch, Hanka Teichmann, Beatrix Tappeser Abstract Background and purpose: In Europe, the EU Directive 2001/18/EC lays out the main provisions of environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) organisms that are interpreted very differently by different stakeholders. The purpose of this paper is to: (a) describe the current implementation of ERA of GM plants in the EU and its scientific shortcomings, (b) present an improved ERA concept through the integration of a previously developed selection procedure for identification of non-target testing organisms into the ERA framework as laid out in the EU Directive 2001/18/EC and its supplement material (Commission Decision 2002/623/EC), (c) […]

Genetically modified crops safety assessments: present limits and possible improvements

Gilles-Eric Séralini, Robin Mesnage, Emilie Clair, Steeve Gress, Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, Dominique Cellier Download full article PDF http://www.enveurope.com/content/pdf/2190-4715-23-10.pdf Read online: http://www.enveurope.com/content/23/1/10) Abstract Purpose: We reviewed 19 studies of mammals fed with commercialized genetically modified soybean and maize which represent, per trait and plant, more than 80% of all environmental genetically modified organisms (GMOs) cultivated on a large scale, after they were modified to tolerate or produce a pesticide. We have also obtained the raw data of 90-day-long rat tests following court actions or official requests. The data obtained include biochemical blood and urine parameters of mammals eating GMOs with numerous organ weights and histopathology findings. Methods: We have thoroughly […]

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