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Enviornmental Issues

Environment, Fish Brought to the World's Trading Table

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 19, 2002 (ENS) - Reducing the subsidies that governments pay to their nations' fishing fleets which then strip the oceans bare, is one of the topics on the table when the Committee on Trade and the Environment of the World Trade Organization starts formal negotiations in Geneva on Friday.

The environmental effects of trade are now firmly on the agenda following decisions made at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference that took place in Doha, Qatar last November.

Royal Society Still Ignoring Scientific Evidence

ISIS Report, 11 March 2002

A critique of the new Royal Society Report, Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use and Human Health – An Update, produced for ISIS by Dr. Sean Lawler is available on ISIS Members website. The Executive Summary is reproduced below.

Executive Summary

The Royal Society Report (www.royalsoc.ac.uk/policy/index.html) recommends several changes to current GM food safety regulations:

- characteristics used in substantial equivalence assessments should be specified;

Courts Roll Back Clinton Administration Environmental Rules

By William LaJeunesse

Reported by FOX NEWS
Friday, March 08, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Several Clinton administration rules deemed favorable to environmentalists are being reconsidered under court orders that suggest Clinton's Interior Department went too far in passing regulations to protect endangered species.

"I think the courts are rightly stepping in and moving the pendulum to where there is a reasoned, balanced approach," said Richard Jemison, a land developer and homebuilder.

Poison Pharm Crops Near You

ISIS Report, 7 March 2002

The range of products currently being produced using mammalian genes introduced into crop plants includes vaccines, immune control proteins such as cytokines, growth hormones and enzymes [1, 2]. There have been a number of field trials of pharm crops in North America but it is difficult to determine the full extent of the trials because they are not regulated in the way that genetically modified food crops are.

Age, Poverty Affect Birth Weight More in U.S. Blacks

Age, Poverty Affect Birth Weight More in U.S. Blacks

November 1, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - African-American women are nearly four times as likely as white women to have very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, and this risk is increased as these women age, according to a report.

VLBW infants weigh less than 3.3 pounds at birth. They are less likely to survive, much more likely to be born prematurely, and more likely than infants of normal weight to have developmental problems. Moderately low birth weight (MLBW) infants weigh between 3.3 and 5.5 pounds.