Note: Here is some good news to the round out the week. While we aren’t too hopeful that this Brazilian court ruling will set the stage for more of its kind across the world, it could at least provide hurdles to companies like ArborGen and FuturaGene, who want to plant hundreds of millions of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees throughout Brazil. And who knows, maybe the ripples will reach the courtrooms and regulatory agencies in North America.
Whatever the long-term implications, this is certainly a victory for small farmers in Brazil.
-The GJEP Team
March 14, 2014. Source: Sustainable Pulse
In an historic ruling on Thursday Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court has unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer’s Liberty Link GM Maize.
The ruling is another legal disaster for the biotech industry as it follows the decision taken earlier this week by a court in the Campeche region of Mexico toban GM Soybean cultivation, to protect the traditions of the Mayan people, namely beekeeping.
The Brazilian Court annulled the decision by Brazil’s Biosecurity Commission (CTNBio), who had allowed the release for cultivation of Liberty Link GM Maize. The civil action against CTNBio was started by Land Rights, the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense – IDEC and the National Association of Small Farmers.
The decision is reported to have created new legal paradigm and may force Brazilian authorities to reconsider all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil. Never before has a Judge stated that there is a need for studies on the negative impacts of GMOs in all major biomes in the country.
By Stephanie Whiteside, November 28 2012. Source: Current
Genetically modified foods are foods made from genetically modified organisms. A few weeks ago, California voters turned down Proposition 37, which would have required that GMO foods be labeled as such. Chemical companies and processed-food manufacturers heavily — and successfully — backed a campaign opposing the proposition. Nationwide, GMO crops are prevalent and efforts to label GMO foods have yet to get off the ground.
But outside the U.S., you can find a different approach.
Peru has said “no” to genetically modified foods — a 10-year ban on GMO foods takes effect this week. Peru’s ban on GMO foods prohibits the import, production and use of genetically modified foods. The law is aimed at safeguarding the country’s agricultural diversity and preventing cross-pollination with non-GMO crops. It will also help protect Peruvian exports of organic products. Continue reading
By Marion Douet, Sat Sep 15, 2012. Source: Reuters
* Ban, introduced in March, concerns Monsanto MON810 maize
* Government also to ban crop dusting, reduce chemicals
PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - France is to maintain a temporary ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Saturday, dealing a blow to farmers and seed companies who say the move is unjustified and economically harmful.
The ban, which targets Monsanto’s MON810 maize, the only genetically modified organisim (GMO) currently allowed in Europe, was introduced in March after a previous moratorium was annulled by France’s top court last November.
“The government is keeping its moratorium on the cultivation of GMO seeds currently authorised in the European Union,” Ayrault told an environmental conference in Paris.
As Europe’s largest crop-grower, France is under pressure to soften its stance on GMO crops, particularly after experts found this year there was no evidence justifying a ban.