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Smithfield Cracks Europe by establishing CAFOS that we know are covertly destined for cloned and GMO hogs in the very two countries that virtually ban GMO planting to zero.

According to a Rollingstones Magazine story
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Pork's dirty secret - the nations top hog producer is also one of Americas worst polluters expose on Smithfield's North Carolina CAFOs, Smithfield is opening up CAFOS in two countries in Europe, namely Romania and Poland. Interesting that Smithfield is establishing itself in Romania and Poland who are committed to ZERO GMO planting.   Smithfield, having established Confined Animal Feeding Operations in their respective countries with what currently appears to be for the purpose of housing "natural" breeds will ultimately be converting to cloned and GMO breeds as soon as Monsanto gets approval for its International GMO hog patents.
            ~Eileen Dannemann
 
 
Romania reduces GM planting to zero and eight other EU countries have imposed bans
Meanwhile in Europe, Romania has announced a ban of GM soya as of 1 January 2007, that is, a drop to zero planting, and is therefore unlikely to plant the 100 000 hectares listed by the ISAAA.

Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini at Caen University, France, explained on Radio Romania International that, "The soybeans grown in Romania are treated with a very powerful pesticide named Roundup Ready, which has a very toxic effect on human placentas and embryos. Roundup Ready genetically engineered soya is not approved for growing in the EU" (Glyphosate Toxic & Roundup Worse, SiS 26; Roundup Ready Sudden Death, Superweeds, Allergens..., SiS 28). The ban on GM soya coincides with Romania's inclusion in the European Union. So far, all GM crops grown in Romania have been unregulated, untraceable and unlabelled. The lack of regulation is also a serious threat to farmers who may find their produce restricted from entering into the EU market. Furthermore it also hinders the potential for organic agriculture. The proposed decontamination of GM crops in Romania is a process likely to take many years, and may also become a test case of whether such decontamination is possible.

The ISAAA has also glossed over the ban of GM maize in Austria, and in a further seven European countries, including Germany, that have banned one or more GM crop.

Poland pushes for rejection of GM
Poland's National Seeds Catalogue has already banned genetically engineered seeds from its collection in 2006. In the European Parliament in January 2007, a resolution towards the use of more GM technology was supported by 22 MEPs, but rejected by 15 MEPs with 6 abstentions. However, the Polish vice-Chairman of the Agricultural Committee in the European Parliament, Janusz Wojciechowski, announced recently that he fully rejects the resolution and supports a completely GM-free Europe. The ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside -is therefore hopeful that there is time for more MEPs to be informed of the facts before the resolutions' final plenary session on 14 March 2007. (For more information and for a letter to send to your MEP to reject the motion, see
http://www.icppc.pl/).
 


                                  

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Eileen Dannemann, former director, National Coalition of Organized Women
 

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