European Commission Looks to Loosen Hold on GMO Regulations

Volume
14,
Number
26
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14 July 2010
14 July 2010
The European Commission recommended sweeping new changes to the European Union's policy on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on Tuesday, unveiling a proposal to grant individual member states the right to decide for themselves whether to allow their domestic farmers to grow...
14 July 2010
The world's rich countries boosted government support for agriculture in 2009, according to a report that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released last week. The report, "Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: At a Glance 2010," is part of the OECD's annual...
14 July 2010
Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are meeting in Montreal, Canada this week to resume talks on establishing an international regime on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and to push to clinch a deal later this year. The meeting -the continuation of the ninth meeting of the Ad-...
14 July 2010
Belarus has - at least temporarily - put aside its differences with Russia, joining it and Kazakhstan in a new customs union that aims to serve as a framework for a future common market. The trilateral agreement, which came into force on 6 July, follows an earlier bilateral agreement between Russia...
14 July 2010
Developments in US climate change legislation have been slow in the past month, as Senate Democrats continue to debate how they should try to push through new rules to cut the country's emissions of greenhouse gases. Two left-leaning Senate heavyweights - John Kerry, a Democrat and Joe Lieberman,...
14 July 2010
Innovation and coherence in policy interventions can spur economic recovery and address global challenges such as climate change, according to the recently released "OECD Innovation Strategy" report. The main findings of the report were presented in Geneva on Tuesday by Andrew Wyckoff, the...
14 July 2010
Despite reaching a deadlock during their seventh round of talks last week, Afghanistan and Pakistan are still pushing ahead on a transit trade deal. The pact would give landlocked Afghanistan sea access and provide Pakistan with a direct link to other Central Asian economies. Another beneficiary of...
14 July 2010
Dennis Francis, WTO Ambassador from Trinidad and Tobago, is the new chair of the Doha Round's Negotiating Group on Rules. He follows Uruguayan Ambassador Guillermo Valles Galmés, who left the position earlier this year. Francis was elected during yesterday's informal committee meeting in Geneva...
14 July 2010
Coming up this week 15 July, London, UK. ILLEGAL LOGGING AND RELATED TRADE: INDICATORS OF THE GLOBAL RESPONSE. The Chatham House will be using this event to launch a report on how tackling illegal logging and improving forest governance will affect the development of poor countries, as well as...
14 July 2010
BALANCING TRADE GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE ASEAN: CASE STUDIES FROM THE MEKONG SUBREGION. By Jörn Dosch, International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2010. The subregion surrounding the Mekong River - Southeast Asia's longest waterway - has mainly been subject to centrally...