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法新社:巴斯夫停止欧洲转基因土豆的审批程序(附英文原文)  

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巴斯夫停止欧洲转基因土豆的审批程序

    来源:法新社、expaticacom     时间:2013129 

    世界上最大的化工品公司巴斯夫公司周二表示,面对不屈不挠的抵抗,已经决定不再寻求欧盟批准它们的三种转基因马铃薯产品。 

    巴斯夫在一份声明中表示,“由于监管环境的不确定性和田间毁坏的威胁,继续投资已经毫无意义”,所以将“停止请求欧洲监管机构批准Fortuna(幸运神), Amadea(挚爱者) Modena(深紫王) 土豆项目。” 

    一年前,这个巨头宣布,鉴于一些国家对转基因技术的担忧,将停止开发和销售针对欧洲市场的转基因新产品。 

    而且它还把植物科学总部搬到了美国。 

    设在布鲁塞尔的欧盟委员会宣布,在与欧盟成员国磋商达成协议期间,直到明年(译者注2014)指令结束,将冻结转基因粮食作物的审批程序;没过几天,巴斯夫就宣布了这一最新决定。

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Good news: EBRD drops controversial Monsanto project
Pippa Gallop
Research coordinator
*A potential cooperation between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the agro-corporation Monsanto has thankfully not come to fruition. The case highlights the difficulties for a large development bank to reach farmers on the ground.

You may remember that in November 2012 Bankwatch reported on the EBRD's plans to undertake a USD 40 million 'risk-sharing facility' with none other than the notorious Monsanto. The EBRD was exploring a project to provide financing so that medium-large farmers and distributors in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey could buy Monsanto's seeds and agro-chemicals in installments, without Monsanto losing money if they got into debt.

Well, after a lively reaction from groups around the world, including a letter signed by 158 organisations, other individual letters, meetings with the bank, a protest in Serbia, and questions in the German and Slovene parliaments, we're glad to be able to report that the EBRD has confirmed that the project is not going ahead. So has the EBRD admitted that Monsanto is an unsuitable recipient of European public development support? Not exactly.

Here's an extract from the EBRD's response to an enquiry on the status of the project:
    "Please be advised that, in this particular transaction, the EBRD and Monsanto were unable to find a satisfactory project structure for financing. Each institution will continue to explore other opportunities in order to provide farmers and distributors with adequate and time-appropriate financing, which we recognize to be one of the key challenges to increase agricultural productivity in the Bank’s region of operations." (Source: Email communication with the EBRD)

This highlights one of the problems for such a large institution as the EBRD, that it is difficult to reach individual farmers without intermediaries, because the bank does not have the on-the-ground infrastructure or local knowledge to provide thousands of loans for a few hundred or thousand euros. This is a problem that needs to be addressed by the region's governments and farmers' unions if the EBRD is not to pick such unsavoury business partners again in the future.
So, a great outcome for now, but we'll be keeping our eyes and ears open in case the EBRD makes such ill-advised moves again.

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 BASF halts EU approval process for GM potatoes
AFP, 29 January 2013

BASF, the world's biggest chemicals company, said Tuesday it has decided to no longer seek European approval of its genetically modified potato products in the face of stiff resistance.
BASF said in a statement it will "discontinue the pursuit of regulatory approvals for the Fortuna, Amadea, and Modena potato projects in Europe because continued investment cannot be justified due to uncertainty in the regulatory environment and threats of field destructions."
A year ago, the giant had announced it would halt the development and marketing of new genetically-modified products destined for the European market over concerns in some countries over the technology.
And it also moved its plant science headquarters to the United States.
BASF's latest decision comes only days after the European Commission in Brussels announced it will freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.



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