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FRANCE: Activist Gets Jail for Ransacking McDonald's
February 6th, 2002
France's highest court upheld on Wednesday a three-month jail sentence for anti-globalization activist Jose Bove over his ransacking of a McDonald's restaurant to protest U.S. trade barriers.

France: National Cartoon Character Promoting McBurgers
by Murray CampbellToronto Globe & Mail
January 24th, 2002
The McDonald's hamburger chain that occupies villages throughout modern-day France has commandeered a Asterix, a national cartoon character, to promote its food as part of a marketing campaign launched yesterday that pushes aside the venerable clown, Ronald McDonald.

USA: Washington Pressures EU to Drop GMO Labeling
Environment News Service
January 16th, 2002
Confidential documents obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe underline American opposition to European Union plans for compulsory tracing and labeling rules for all food and animal feed containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) above a certain threshold.

US: Lobbyists Try to Insert Special Interests in Bioterrorism Bill
by Robert PearThe New York Times
December 11th, 2001
In the final hectic days before Congress adjourns for the year, lobbyists are swarming around the Capitol, trying to adorn a bill on bioterrorism with all sorts of special-interest provisions.

Mexico: Study Raises GMO Concerns
by Ivan NobleBBC
November 28th, 2001
Scientists have found DNA from genetically modified crops in wild maize growing on remote mountains in Mexico.

USA: Biotech Terrorism?
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (UK)
September 27th, 2001
For the first 10 days we worried about commercial airplanes being hijacked and used as missiles. Now, the American people are worried about a new, even more deadly threat: bacteria and viruses raining from the sky over populated areas, infecting and killing millions of people.

Phillipines: Lawmakers Vote to Label GMOs
by Michael BengwayanEnvironment News Service
August 15th, 2001
If you are selling a product that contains genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the Phillippines you may soon have to label it ''genetically engineered'' or go to prison.

MEXICO: Farmers March Against Free Trade
Associated Press
August 8th, 2001
Thousands of farmers marched through the Mexican capital Wednesday demanding subsidies and a halt to free trade -- posing the most direct challenge yet to President Vicente Fox's 8-month-old administration.

Colombia: Chemical Spraying of Coca Poisoning Villages
by Hugh O'ShaughnessyThe Observer (London)
June 17th, 2001
The tiny indigenous Kofan community of Santa Rosa de Guamuez in Colombia had it hard enough with pressures from settlers on their reservation, without Roundup Ultra containing Cosmoflux 411F, a weedkiller that is being sprayed on their villages in a concentration 100 times more powerful than is permitted in the United States.

UN: Aventis Accused of Breaking Global Compact
by Elizabeth NeufferBoston Globe
June 15th, 2001
Consumer and agricultural watchdog groups yesterday accused a multinational corporation that produces genetically modified foods of failing to uphold a UN code of business conduct to which it had agreed.

USA: World Health Threatened by Toxic Pesticide Stocks
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 9th, 2001
More than 500,000 tons of banned or expired pesticides are seriously threatening the health of millions of people and the environment in nearly all developing countries and countries in transition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned in a new report issued today.

BRAZIL: Farmers Demand Agrarian Reform
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
April 17th, 2001
Demonstrators in dozens of cities throughout Brazil and around the world marked International Day of Farmers' Struggle on Tuesday, protesting police massacres of rural workers, genetically modified seeds, and agricultural trade that jeopardises food security.

Italy: Monsanto Seed Depot Set on Fire
by Alesssandra RizzoAssociated Press
April 3rd, 2001
Arsonists on Tuesday set fire to a Monsanto depot a week after the Italian government said tests showed genetically modified material in one of the company's seed shipments.

USA: The Dioxin Deception
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
April 3rd, 2001
Behind Closed Doors reveals that year after year the publication of the EPA's report on dioxin has been stalled due to pressure from the chemical industry.

FRANCE: Activist Jose Bov Gets Suspended Sentence
Agence France Presse
March 15th, 2001
French anti-globalization activist Jose Bove on Thursday was sentenced to a 10-month suspended prison term for the destruction in 1999 of genetically altered rice plants.

FRANCE: McDonald's Foe Jose Bové Back in Court
Agence France Presse
February 15th, 2001
Jose Bové, French peasants' champion and hero of the international anti-globalism movement, was due back in court Thursday on trial for his part in the dismantling of a McDonald's restaurant.

USA: Going Bananas
by Michael JessenAlterNet
February 6th, 2001
With a history tied to colonial exploitation, union busting, presidential influence peddling, and environmental degradation, it's obvious the banana is much more than a topping for breakfast cereal or a nutritious snack food. The banana has been at the center of a controversial World Trade Organization ruling and just last month the world's top banana producer (Chiquita Brands International) appeared to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy even as it filed a half-billion dollar lawsuit against the European Union.

CHINA: Government Refusal to Cut Aid to Farmers Blocks Bid to Join WTO
Bloomberg News
January 16th, 2001
China won't sacrifice income support for farmers in talks this week to join the World Trade Organization, officials and analysts said yesterday.

USA: Ten Worst Corporations of 2000
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 3rd, 2001
Here is the annual Top 10 Worst Corporations of 2000 list compiled by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman. This year, rushing to the head of the pack of irresponsible biotech companies was the French corporation Aventis, the maker of Cry9C corn, sold under the name StarLink.

USA: Combination of Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Disease
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
January 3rd, 2001
A combination of two widely used agricultural pesticides - but neither one alone - creates in mice the exact pattern of brain damage that doctors see in patients with Parkinson's disease. The research offers the most compelling evidence yet that everyday environmental factors may play a role in the development of the disease.

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