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[SANET-MG] one in three papaya orchards have GM pollution
The heavy gene pollution of papaya has happened even though only "field
trials" had been permitted. The pollution seems to be a strategy of
USDA(holds the patent on the papaya) and Monsanto to force approval of
GM crops by pollution.
AFX News Limited
More genetically-modified papaya contamination found - Thai rights
09.06.2005, 06:09 AM
BANGKOK (AFX) - Genetically-modified (GM) seeds had contaminated a third
of 31 papaya orchards studied in July, Thailand's Human Rights
Commission said, calling for tough public safeguards against the technology.
Commissioner Vasant Panich said 11 of 31 samples tested on July 14 and
17 were contaminated with GM seeds in the eastern province of Rayong and
the northeastern provinces of Mahasarakham, Chaiyaphum and Kalasin.
The first contamination was found last year in the northeastern province
of Khon Kaen, after the environmentalist group Greenpeace accused the
government of illegally selling genetically-modified papaya seeds from a
research station there.
Farmers in the four provinces surveyed in July said they had received
the papaya seeds from the same research station.
Greenpeace filed a complaint with the rights commission, alleging the
contamination violated the rights of farmers and consumers, damaged the
environment and breached a 2001 law that banned field trials of
genetically-modified organisms, known as GMOs.
Vasant urged the government to destroy the contaminated fields, to
compensate farmers for their losses and tighten laws banning GMO field
'We need a biosafety or consumer protection law before we start open
field trials,' he said.
The Human Rights Commission only has advisory powers.
The cabinet banned GMO field trials in 2001. The current law forbids the
public sale of GMO seeds and requires products containing more than 5
pct of a genetically-modified ingredient to be clearly labelled.
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