>France is torn between environmentalists concerned about the risks and
>foreign firms eager to import genetically manipulated seeds. France is
>also resisting pressure for the European Commission, which is beginning
>legal proceedings against France for delaying authorization of several
>genetically altered crops.
>Brazil to Halts Biotech Soy
>Japan has refused genetically engineered soy from Brazil, forcing Brazilian
>authorities to halt approval for cultivation of biotech soybeans. Soy
>exports from Brazil to Japan total $1.5 billion US, which is about 30% of
>Japan's soy imports. Consumer action in Brazil, including a lawsuit filed
>by the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense (IDEC), has also been
>instrumental in halting the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture's approval of
>Monsanto's glyphosate-tolerant soybeans.
>The Basmati Action Group (based in British Columbia) has launched a boycott
>against Texmati rice, and other products of Rice Tec Corporation (USA).
>Rice Tec claims to have invented the basmati rice they sell under the trade
>The corporation insists it has "invented" a "novel" variety of basmati by
>cross-breeding natural basmati rice varieties. These natural varieties
>have been cultivated in India and Pakistan for centuries. The purpose of
>the boycott is to heighten awareness of the patenting of life-forms for
>corporate profit, which has also been termed "biopiracy." Rice Tec
>products also include "Jasmati" and "Kasmati" rice. (See
>News Bulletin, By Dr. Joe Cummins
>Professor Emeritus of Genetics, University of Western Ontario:
>Experiments on Pig to Human transplantation are scheduled to begin this
>March at University Hospital, London, Ontario according to the London,
>Ontario news media.
>The local press have refused to publish information about the international
>moratorium on Pig to Human transplantation. The media report the $millions
>provided by Novartis and the suffering of those awaiting transplantation.
>The only concern expressed are the ethical concerns of animal rights and a
>few religious fanatics.
>The British exports to Canada clearly signal multinational corporations
>efforts to get around the legitimate concerns over spread of ERV viruses in
>virulent form from pigs to people. Sadly the bureaucrats of the Canadian
>government are providing the people of southern Ontario as white mice in a
>dangerous experiments, while cowardly newpersons cheer them on and report
>public relations for large corporations.
>According to UK government documents forwarded by Paul Davis
>UK supplied 19 transgenic pigs to Canada for breeding and 12 for research
>in April 1998.
>UK supplied 19 transgenic pigs to Canada for breeding and 8 for research in
>Richard Wolfson, PhD
>Consumer Right to Know Campaign,
>for Mandatory Labelling and Long-term
>Testing of all Genetically Engineered Foods,
>500 Wilbrod Street
>Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N2
>tel. 613-565-8517 fax. 613-565-1596
>Our website, http://www.natural-law.ca/genetic/geindex.html
>contains more information on genetic engineering as well as
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