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GM WATCH MONTHLY REVIEW No. 42 (1/3/2007)

FROM REVIEW EDITOR, CLAIRE ROBINSON
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No Weekly Watch this week because we're seriously short of dosh - funding appeal to follow! - but here's a great Monthly Review for you to get your teeth into.

Claire claire@gmwatch.org
www.gmwatch.org / www.lobbywatch.org

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MONTHLY REVIEW CONTENTS
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HEALTH EFFECTS OF GMOs
COURT CASES
GM BANS / RESTRICTIONS
CATHOLICS AGAINST GMOs
NEW RESEARCH
CONTAMINATION
GM FAILURES
CORPORATE TAKEOVER
CORPORATE CRIMES
GM POTATOES IN UK
GM HYPE
CLONED ANIMALS
GM HUMANS
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
ONLINE RESOURCES

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HEALTH EFFECTS OF GMOs
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+ DAMAGING REPORT SUPPRESSED FOR 8 YEARS
Monsanto, in collaboration with Russia's Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Science, has been accused of suppressing a study of GM potatoes that showed they damaged the internal organs of rats. The research only emerged after a lengthy legal battle. Nutritional expert Dr Irina Ermakova says it shows that the GM potatoes damaged the kidneys, liver, large gut, blood serum, testes and prostate.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7539
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7544
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7576
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7542

+ MONSANTO DOUBLE-SPEAK ON RESEARCH
Monsanto's response to the revelations about the study has been to claim that it is not peer reviewed. But a version of this study was used by Monsanto to gain approval from the Russian authorities for its GM potatoes to go into the food chain!
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7576

+ INDIA: BT LEAVES BAD FOR ANIMALS
More than 2,500 animals have died in recent months after eating Bt cotton leaves.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7538
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7507

+ BT COTTON INVESTIGATED FOR TOXICITY
India's National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has decided to investigate whether the cause of death of over 1,500 sheep in Andhra Pradesh was the consumption of Bt cotton plant material.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7569

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COURT CASES
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+ FRANCE: MONSANTO FINED FOR FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING
A French court levied US $19,000 fines on Monsanto and Scotts France for misleading the public about the safety of the herbicide Roundup.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7536

+ ILLEGAL GM RICE IN THE UK - JUDGE LISTS FSA's MISTAKES
A High Court judge in the UK has identified a series of mistakes in the way the Food Standards Agency dealt with GM rice contamination.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7567

+ U.S. FEDERAL COURT ORDERS HALT TO NEW GM FIELD TRIALS
A US federal district judge has ruled that the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) must halt approval of all new GM field trials until more rigorous environmental reviews are conducted. Citing potential threats to the environment, Judge Harold Kennedy found USDA's past approvals of field trials of herbicide tolerant GM bentgrass were illegal.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7509

+ LANDMARK U.S. FEDERAL RULING
In a separate ruling, another US federal judge has ruled that the USDA violated the law by failing to adequately assess possible environmental impacts before approving Monsanto's GM alfalfa. Judge Charles R. Breyer of Federal District Court in San Francisco said the agency had been "cavalier" in deciding that a full environmental impact statement was not needed. The decision could block commercial sales of GM alfalfa seeds.
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7530
http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=7568

+ GM WATCH COMMENT ON U.S. COURT DECISIONS
The US promotes itself around the world as the model for GM crop regulation, but the judgments of its own judiciary - see above - tell a different story. And late last year yet another federal district judge ruled that the USDA the law by not conducting preliminary environmental reviews before permitting the cultivation of drug-producing GM pharma crops throughout Hawaii. US District Judge Michael Seabright also called USDA's regulatory heedlessness "arbitrary and capricious" and "an unequivocal violation of a clear congressional mandate." From these judgements and the USDA Inspector General's damning report last year, it is all too clear that USDA is simply not doing its job of protecting the public.
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