> >
> >1. Portugal Cans Corn
> >2. First S.African retailer bans GM foods
> >4. Monsanto's caterers ban GM foods: Off the Monsanto menu
> >
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> >
> >Portugal Cans Corn
> >
> >On the 27 of December 1999 the Portuguese Agriculture Ministry signed
> >into law a suspension that effectively stops all GE-corn from being
> >commercially grown in Portugal next season. There had been two
> >approvals (Novartis and Monsanto varieties) and 15 more were
> >expected. There was a single year of GE corn production in Portugal
> >(1999), with a total area of about 1300 hectares (about 0.5% of all
> >cultivated corn). This U-turn follows strong NGO pressure and rising
> >consumer awareness in the last few weeks. Reasons appointed for the
> >decision include the precautionary principle and the present
> >inability to accurately and independently monitor the impacts of the
> >releases. Corn growers had previously voiced some concern about the
> >decreased market value of GE or mixed corn production.
> >
> >For further info use the contact below:
> >Margarida Silva
> >Quercus
> >Portugal
> >T +351 (22) 558 0048
> >F +351 (22) 509 0351
> >msilva@esb.ucp.pt
> >
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> >
> >First S.African retailer bans GM foods
> >
> >S.Africa's Woolworths bans GM foods CAPE TOWN, Dec 21 (Reuters)
> >
> >South African retail chain Woolworths said on Tuesday it had decided to
> >remove all known genetically  modified (GM) foods from its shelves until
> >they were proven safe. The decision, taken after a meeting between
> company
> >management and members of the South African Federation Against Genetic
> >Engineering (SAFEAGE), makes Woolworths the first South African retailer
> to
> >take that stance. "The
> >current situation with regard to GE (genetically engineered) food in
> South
> >Africa is unsatisfactory," Woolworths said in a statement. "Woolworths
> have
> >stated their intention to remove genetically engineered food from their
> >shelves."
> >
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> >
> >Fri, 24 Dec 1999
> >
> >The Express (UK)
> >
> >
> >THE biotech revolution is in danger of failure in the face of consumer
> >power, one of the world's top investment banks has warned.
> >
> >In a new body blow to the beleaguered industry, Credit Suisse First
> Boston
> >says the commercial development of genetically modified organisms is
> >suffering from "negative momentum". It says food manufacturers are
> running
> >scared of GM crops, and that key questions about the technology may not
> be
> >answered for several years.
> >
> >Analysts warn in a series of briefings that the issue is out of control
> for
> >big business and government. "If anyone is in control it appears to be
> >environment and consumer groups."
> >
> >The Express has been leading the campaign for public choice over GM foods
> >and tighter controls on GM crops since summer 1998.
> >
> >We have called for all food to be clearly labelled and for delays on
> >commercial planting until independent research has proved they are safe
> for
> >the environment.
> >
> >Credit Suisse compares GM technology with nuclear power. It says both are
> >scientifically sound but warns: "No one is building new nuclear plants
> >today."
> >
> >After surveying consumer reaction, it says: "The march of progress with
> GM
> >crops no longer appears inevitable to us."
> >
> >The bank's analysis will cause fresh alarm among investors who have
> already
> >seen the share values of some biotech firms fall.
> >
> >In the past year shoppers in Britain and Europe have overwhelmingly
> >rejected  GM food. Even US consumers are now beginning to rebel amid
> fears
> >about the  long-term consequences.
> >
> >The reports are all the more damaging because Credit Suisse's clients
> have
> >included some of the world's top biotech firms. They follow similar
> >warnings  by the influential Deutsche Bank earlier this year.
> >
> >Friends of the Earth claimed last night that the City was turning its
> back
> >on  biotech firms.
> >
> >Spokesman Adrian Bebb said: "Time is running out for the biotech
> industry.
> >"One of the world's biggest financial advisers appears to have little
> faith
> >in it."
> >
> >The newly announced merger between biotech giant Monsanto and a Swedish
> >firm  is seen as further evidence that the GM revolution is running out
> of
> >steam.  In the past 14 months Monsanto shares have nearly halved in
> value.
> >
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> >
> >BBC Online  Wednesday, 22 December, 1999, 00:10 GMT
> >http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_574000/574245.stm
> >
> >Monsanto's caterers ban GM foods
> >GM Foods: Off the Monsanto menu
> >
> >By Environment correspondent Alex Kirby
> >
> >A company responsible for providing catering services for the
> biotechnology
> >company Monsanto has banned some genetically-modified ingredients.
> >
> >We have taken the decision to remove, as far as is practicable, GM soya
> and
> >maize from all food products served in our restaurant
> >
> >The company, Sutcliffe Catering, is owned by Granada Food Services and is
> >responsible for catering at some of Monsanto's UK premises.
> >
> >Environmental campaigners said the measure showed Monsanto's caterers had
> no
> >confidence in the company's GM products.
> >
> >Friends of the Earth spokesman Adrian Bebb said: "The public has made its
> >concerns about GM ingredients very clear.
> >
> >"Now it appears that even Monsanto's own catering firm has no confidence
> in
> >this new technology."
> >
> >Friends of the Earth has obtained a statement made by Granada's quality
> >systems director, Mike Batchelor, and dated 15 September 1999.
> >
> >It says: "In response to concern raised by our customers over the use of
> >GMFs [genetically-modified foods], and to comply with government
> >legislation, we have taken the decision to remove, as far as is practicable,
GM soya and maize from all food products served in our restaurant".

"We will continue to work with our suppliers to replace GM soya and maize
with non-GM ingredients without impairing quality or performance.

"To maintain customer choice we will sell retail products, such as
confectionery, that are packaged and labelled by the manufacturer as
containing GM soya and maize, where it is appropriate.

"We have taken the above steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel
confident in the food we serve."

Belief in choice

Monsanto's spokesman, Tony Coombes, said that Sutcliffe Catering ran the
canteens at the company's High Wycombe headquarters.

Protest reached the gates of Downing Street

"We believe in choice. At our Cambridge restaurant there is a notice which
says that some products may contain GM ingredients, because our staff are
happy to eat products sprayed with fewer chemicals."

Friends of the Earth called the news "a tremendous victory for consumers".

A survey by the group last May found that 24 out of 30 leading food
manufacturers operating in the UK said they had removed GM ingredients and derivatives, or were doing so.

Unhappy legislators

Caterers at the House of Commons serve food that avoids GM ingredients "in
response to the general unease about such foods expressed by significant
numbers of our customers".

At the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies, caterers also have a policy of
avoiding GM ingredients, and the European Parliament has banned them too.

Friends of the Earth say that by the end of the year all the UK's leading
supermarkets will have removed GM ingredients from their own label food, and
are phasing out GM derivatives as well. Many restaurant chains are following suit


Firm's own canteen bans GM products

Date: 23/12/99

London: It must be the final insult. Having led the way in promoting
genetically modified (GM) food, the food technology
giant Monsanto has suffered the indignity of having GM products banned in its own
staff canteen by the caterers, who say the move is "in response to concern
raised by our customers".

Friends of the Earth gleefully welcomed the "vote of no confidence" in the
new technology, while Monsanto, already
reeling from worldwide financial fears for its GM future, complained that
the decision removed choice for its employees.

The canteen at Monsanto's main UK offices, in Buckinghamshire, is run by an
outside contractor. Its parent company,
Granada Food Services, said in a statement it was working "to remove, as
far as is practicable, GM soya and maize
from all food products served in our restaurant".

It would continue to sell products such as confectionery that were packaged
and labelled by manufacturers as having
GM ingredients, "where it is appropriate".

Friends of the Earth said: "The public has made its concerns about GM
ingredients very clear. Now it appears that even
Monsanto's own catering firm has no confidence in this new technology."

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"Genetic engineering bypasses conventional breeding by using artificially
constructed parasitic genetic elements, including viruses, as vectors to
carry and smuggle genes into cells. Once inside cells, these vectors slot
themselves into the host genome. The insertion of foreign genes into the host
genome has long been known to have many harmful and fatal effects including
cancer of the organism." - Dr Mae Wan-Ho,  geneticist, and scientific adviser
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