Articles on Genetically Modified Food received from Richard Wolfson, Ph.D. May 12, 2001.




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"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." 
- New York Times, October 25, 1998

"What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it's doing are as different as night and day." - Dr. Herbert Ley, Former FDA Commissioner

"The FDA serves as the pharmaceutical industry's watchdog, which can be called upon to attack and destroy a potential competitor under the guise of protecting the public." - Dr. James P. Carter  


The following information courtesy of Richard Wolfson, PhD, Consumer Right to Know Campaign for Mandatory labeling and long-term testing of genetically engineered food.

BBC online
Wednesday, 9 May, 2001, 07:48 GMT 08:48

UK GM crop trials abandoned

Farmers fear their organic crops could be contaminated

Genetically modified crop trials on a west Wales farm have been postponed indefinitely after a landowner accused the government had been sending out mixed messages about the trials.

Farmer Tony Marlow said that the trial at Mathry in Pembrokeshire, had been called off because of a "a deceitful and distorted campaign of misinformation."

The Welsh Assembly had been battling to keep Wales GM free and this latest development has been welcomed by Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones.

Plans to sow a the GM fodder maize trial crop at Castle Cenlas Farm had also faced significant local opposition.

Organic farmers in the area in particular feared they might lose their hard fought commercial advantage if customers suspected contamination.


Argentina finds and destroys illegal GM seeds
Wednesday May 9, 6:42 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 9 (Reuters) - Argentine agriculture officials destroyed a batch of unapproved genetically-modified seeds and began an investigation to determine who was responsible for distributing them, the Agriculture Department said in a statement Wednesday.

"Having detected unauthorized genetically-modified crops and seeds, the Agriculture Department dedicated itself to locating and destroying the materials," the statement said without giving any more details.


Thanks to Jim McNulty for posting the following

Reuters - Friday, May 11, 2001

Corn, Cereals, Wheat, Flour

StarLink issue fuels Japan opposition to genetically modified wheat

......TOKYO: Controversy over StarLink biotech corn in Japan has not only dampened the nation's appetite for US corn but has helped stoke opposition against genetically modified (GM) wheat, industry sources said on Thursday. The discovery of the corn in food products last October by a consumer group had prompted Japan, where StarLink is not even approved for animal feed, to reduce its purchase of US corn sharply, with importers scrambling to find other supply sources.

......"Japanese consumers will not accept GM wheat because they are highly suspicious of its safety to human health and environment," said a senior official with the Japan Flour Millers Association.

......The Japanese industry is also sceptical about the identity preserved handling system for GM crops after StarLink turned up in food products in the United States and Japan, he said.

......With the introduction last month of stricter rules to guard against imports of unapproved biotech products, Japan may shift to other supply sources for non-GM wheat if the United States cannot ensure that it will not send GM-free wheat, he said.

......STRICTER RULES: The new rules set zero tolerance for imports containing unapproved gene-altered products and require mandatory labelling for approved GM products.

......Monsanto Co, a leading US agricultural biotech firm, plans to introduce the world's first genetically modified wheat between 2003 and 2005 in the form of a "Roundup Ready" spring wheat. The GM wheat will be herbicide tolerant.

......The Missouri-based firm has said it would release the variety in the United States when it receives government approval.

......But US wheat producers are worried that they might lose market share when the GM wheat is introduced because Japan, the European Union, and other key markets have expressed their reluctance to buy GM wheat.

......Japan imports about six million tonnes of wheat each year, of which the United States supplies 50 percent, with the remaining supplied by Canada and Australia. Japan produces only 600,000 tonnes of wheat a year.

......CLOUD OVER US CORN SALES: The discovery of StarLink in US corn has led to a jump in Chinese and South African corn sales to Japan, traders said.

......US corn sales will likely fall further as Argentina and Brazil began shipping their maize from April to Japan, the single biggest buyer of US corn, they said.

......Japan's corn imports totalled 6,532,296 tonnes for the November to March period, down 6.9 percent from 7,017,059 tonnes in the same period a year ago, government data showed.

......One trader attributed the decline to domestic food makers' efforts to find alternatives to corn.

......Japan's corn imports from the United States fell 11.6 percent to 6,144,809 tonnes in the period, the data showed.

......Meanwhile, imports from China jumped to 140,454 tonnes from 49,021 tonnes and those from South Africa soared to 238,159 tonnes from 1,546 tonnes.-Reuters



08 May 2001

by farmgate reporters  (UK)

Tory shadow minister Tim Yeo has written to Nick Brown demanding that the GM trial two miles from the Henry Doubleday organic research centre should be scrapped.

He described the incident as "the latest evidence of the Government's inability to control the crop trial programme".

"Ministers should never have approved a GM crop trial so close to the Henry Doubleday research centre," he said.

"By doing so, they have jeopardised the integrity of the most important organic farming research in Britain."

"This crass blunder exacerbates the problem already caused for the organic farming industry by the Government's refusal to increase the separation distances between GM crop trials and other conventional and organic crops."

Richard Wolfson, PhD
GE News.
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