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The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission "to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use". GMWatch
The four Green MEPs who requested access to unpublished industry studies on glyphosate have put in a second request to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) asking for more information. The MEPs say that EFSA is continuing "to withhold sections of the studies that, in our view, are crucial for an independent assessment". GMWatch
New studies published by Nature’s journal Scientific Reports are questioning the basis of how to determine the safety of two products used in agriculture and at home – GM NK603 maize and Roundup herbicide – writes Prof Jack Heinemann. Sciblogs; comment by GMWatch
The First Amendment of the US constitution guarantees the right to free speech. In an astonishing and outrageous move, the State of Iowa wants to remove this fundamental right in its trial against two protesters against Monsanto, the activist known as Reverend Billy, and his co-defendant, Father Frank Cordaro, a peace activist and co-founder of the Des Moines, Iowa Catholic Worker Group. The State of Iowa’s motivation appears to be to protect Monsanto. Forbes; Buzzflash at Truthout; comment by GMWatch