The EU plans that methods of new genetic engineering such as CRISPR/Cas should no longer be subject to labelling requirements in the EU in the future. With CRISPR/Cas, genes are also cut out or inserted from the genetic material, as in traditional genetic engineering. Although CRISPR/Cas is more targeted, the off-target rate of unwanted mutations is still around 50%, according to Wikipedia. Furthermore, we do not yet know nearly enough about gene loci and the interactions between genes to reliably and precisely apply changes with predictable effects.
For example, the signatories of a consultation questionnaire on the part of the EU were not even given the opportunity to opt for mandatory labelling of the so-called NGT. Furthermore, the questionnaire was full of misleading sustainability promises that the NGT would produce pest- and climate-resistant varieties. This promise has already not been fulfilled by previous genetic engineering, not at all. Global 2000 writes in the Global News 2/2022 that 6 out of 16 varieties in the NGT pipeline are trimmed for pesticide resistance and only two of them against pest or fungal infestation (like these experiments already existed in traditional genetic engineering). Not a single one of the new varieties will be resistant to drought or frost. Where pesticide resistance leads is already known from glyphosate: to resistance and increasing use of spraying agents. The fact that the new genetic engineering (NGT) would therefore be useful for climate protection or at least for arming against climate change is therefore just a plain lie. In contrast to further industrialization of agriculture, just a more environmentally friendly farming would help against climate change.
Global 2000 has launched a petition against the elimination of risk assessment and for the maintenance of traceability and labelling of genetically modified plants: on the petition of Global 2000
Steven´s home detention has ended on April 25. However he can still not continue to do his legal advocacy work of protecting the Ecuadorian people from the harm of Chevron´s propositional large scale toxic oil spill in the Amazon having poisoned local people dying of cancer. His passport got confiscated during his home detention and now the court is refusing to return it. Steven has only done his duty as an advocate and he needs a 100% restoration of his rights – including his right to erase his conviction, the right to travel outside of the US to meet clients, and the right to practice law. As far as now he remains degraded to a second class citizen, not being able to to travel freely and neither to practice his profession. It can not be true that he would depend on donations for his life. The first private law prosecution in history exercised by private law personnel from oil giant Chevron is corporate self-justice and thus unbearable and utmost illegitimate.
Good news from Australia: The climate denying cabinet of Scott Morrison has been deselected by the latest elections mainly because of its disastrous climate policy. The new government under lead of prime minister Anthony Albanese has strengthened the countries climate target by 40% reduction until 2030. However climate neutrality until 2050 was already promised before at the COP26 in Glasgow, that time certainly without any effort to keep the promise. Hopefully expecting the new government will also do better in saving the human rights of climate and environmental protesters. Under Scott Morrison Victorian police officers had struck peacful protestors with batons in the neck and head which can cause life threatening injuries. This was in 2019 at a mining conference, although Amnesty International did not tell us whether it was about the huge Adani Coal mine (We reported earlier).
On June 6th the 8th Circut Court of Appeals affirmed Jessica’s 8 year sentence but did not affirm the terrorism enhancement calling it a “harlmess error” leaving the question of its legality open. In deed the terrorism enhancement raises the range of punishment by more than the five-fold. The three Trump-appointed appeal judges disregarded this argument, saying Reznicek would have been sentenced to 96 months either way. In order for the terrorism enhancement to be triggered, the actions must be “calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct.”
“Sentencing Jess under a federal terrorism enhancement for acts of civil disobedience targeting private property sets an alarming precedent for climate justice movements and endangers Indigenous and front-line defenders most impacted by worsening climate conditions. These communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change. The ability to call for substantial measures to slow or halt climate change is literally a matter of life or death for us.” said the Water Protector Legal Collective in a statement following the decision.
Federal prosecutors only pursued terrorism enhancements against Reznicek after 84 Congressional representatives wrote a letter in 2017 to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that Reznicek and other protestors who tamper with tar sand oil pipelines be prosecuted as domestic terrorists. The authors of this letter received a combined $36 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. If the decision stands, the judicial branch will continue applying terrorism enhancements to activists, while claiming that a drastically increased sentence from being labled a terrorists by the U.S. govenment is “harmless”.