NOTE: The two papers referred to in item 1 are available here: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/events/view/-/id/1065/
--- 1.Modified opinion
The Guuardian (Eco Soundings), 18 Feb 2009
Chatham House, aka the Royal Institute of International Affairs, today publishes two papers on UK food security and global hunger.
The choices seem pretty stark: one, from the Center on International Cooperation, Oxfam and Young's Seafood, proposes major investment in small farmers and organic farming. The other proposes a huge expansion of GM crops.
And who might that one be sponsored by? Monsanto and the National Farmers' Union.
And guess what Chatham House is advocating? Yes, a reopening of the public debate on GM.
--- 2.Georgia bans GMOs
Source: RIA Novosti, 15 Feb 2009
Georgia will be declared to be a GM-free country, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has recently announced on local television. Mikhail Saakashvili has participated in the live broadcast "The Georgian president talks to the people", in which the people of Georgia were able to ask the President some questions, reports RIA Novosti.
"Georgia does not have a major agricultural production. We hope that our production is ecologically pure and healthy. I will instruct the Government to ensure that genetically modified products are prohibited in Georgia as in some countries in Eastern Europe and within the CIS, "Mr. Saakashvili has said.