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Science in the risk assessment

Risk is attached to any human activity. There is no zero risk in biotechnology neither of any new crop. As zero risk does not exist only relative risk can be estimated. This is possible only by comparing data of at least two comparable situations with and without the object under study... Entire Article ...

Risk assessment of new crops

Any new crop introduced in the environment represents certain risk. The task of science consists in assessing the risk of a new crop before it is introduced in the praxis. Long term observations then tune the assessment. In order to compare new crops from the point of risk they bring to the environment and to human and animal health identical testing is indispensable.... Entire Article ...

Non-Food Agriculture

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Press Release

Biotechnology and agriculture in Czech Republic were the topics of a workshop at November 22nd. The aim of the meeting that was organised by the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Liaison Office for the R&D in Brussels and Czech Biotechnology Association Biotrin at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU was the exposure of general level and public atmosphere in these modern technologies and the potential Czech contribution to EU targets... Entire Article ...


The Pesticide Programme aims to harmonise the testing and assessment of agricultural pesticides, to promote work sharing and risk reduction. It achieves this by helping OECD countries to co-operate in the review of both chemical and biological pesticides used in Agriculture... Entire Article ...

 Advances in Yeast Biotechnology

The international symposium will be held from 17 to 19 May 2005 at the UAS Wädenswil, Switzerland. The further potential of Pichia pastoris processes is, of course, the burning issue of this event, in which several participants (mainly from the Swiss and Czech biotechnological industries) have already agreed to take part [e.g. Berna, Fluka, Lonza, Roche, DSM, Polymun (A)]. Entire Article ...


All of you who are involved in the research in biotechnology are often disappointed that the information and perception of this field in public is far from being adequate. Unfortunately, legal regulations of biotechnology are in certain cases based on scientifically not quite credible grounds.

Thus, we are convinced that you will find two initiatives interesting. Entire Article ...

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Information on Workshop „How to Present Science in Media“

Association Biotrin organised jointly with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR) a workshop "How to Present Science in Media.

The workshop took place in the main building of AS CR on December 7, 2004 and gathered 16 representatives of media (press, radio), 15 scientists and 12 other participants interested in communication of science (representatives of ministries, NGO´s and companies). Entire Article ...

How To Present Science In Media

Findings and Conclusions from the Workshop on 7 December, 2004

Controversial issues of sciences were discussed at a meeting of scientists and journalists. Entire Article ...

On future of GM wheat

Monsanto discontinued development of transgenic wheat. Pseudo-religious opponents of GMO rejoice that their religion has succeeded. But it seems they do so too early. In economy and ecology, there is a rule that free space is soon occupied. Syngenta enters the scene. It became famous when it broke through seven-year European moratorium on GMO with cans of sweet corn. Syngenta is a European company located in Basel. It is a merger of agrarian parts of companies Novartis and Zeneca. Entire Article ...


In the Czech Republic (and probably not only here) the pressure groups like Greenpeace are fighting against Bt corn using the flag of organic farmers. They are telling the story that one grain of pollen transferred by wind many miles may bring disaster to organic farmer. As usually with the pseudo-religious dogmas of these groups the reality is different.

Let us read the facts collected in Spain:. Entire Article ...


Richard Black, BBC, Jan. 5, 2004,

The Indian Government has announced details of a six-year plan to develop new genetically engineered crops which will provide better nutrition. Government scientists say this kind of research is urgently needed to improve the health of the developing world. Entire Article ...

 Farm Scale Evaluation


Phil.Trans.R.Soc.Lond.B (2003) 358, 1775-1776 1775 ?2003
The Royal Society, DOI 10.1098/rstb.2003.1412 (From Introduction)

By October 1998, four genetically modified crops had cleared most of the regulatory hurdles before commercial growing could be allowed in the UK. While these crops had been assessed as safe in terms of human health and direct impacts upon the environment, there had been insufficient research to determine whether there might be any significant effects on farmland wildlife resulting from the way that the crops would be managed (Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment - ACRE -2000). The Farm Scale Evaluations (FSEs) of these genetically modified herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) crops were established to bridge this important gap in our knowledge, so illuminating the debate about their possible commercialization in the UK. Entire Article ...

Crop Biotech Update Special Edition January 16, 2003


The Annual Global Review of Commercialised Transgenic (GM) Crops, conducted by Dr Clive James, Chairman of the ISAAA Board of Directors, features comprehensive information on transgenic crops grown globally in 2002; the following are the highlights: Entire Article ...

The position of the EU parliament to biotechnology

Certain pressure groups in the Czech Republic pushes Czech administration to follow the "moratorium on GMO" recently applied in EU. From the text bellow it follows that they - for their particular struggle of influence -drive Czech administration against the recent move in EU. Entire Article ...

Risk versus benefit

Dear Friends,

Going through the media, we read or listen again and again about the "health risk" of food derived from genetically modified organisms. Pressure groups forced EU institutions and national governments to construct a machine for pumping millions of euros out of taxpayers pockets for monitoring micrograms of "foreign modified proteins" in food products. Media are fuelling this machine demanding to make it more efficient and more costly under the flag "consumer has the right to know".

In reality consumer knows nothing else than slogans, but pays more and more for useless analysis of "GMO presence" when important analyses such as herbicides in organic food or beef proteins in chickens are detected too late.

Commission of EU cares about consumer - and David Byrne is the Commissioner responsible for health and consumer protection. Maybe those who like to talk or write about "health risk" from food derived from genetically modified organisms might be interested in his view: Entire Article ...

Czech and Swiss Biotechnology Societies,
Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague,
Czech and Swiss industrial partners
and Institutes of Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic

cordially invite you to attend the

2nd Czech-Swiss Symposium

Advanced Biotechnology

Prague, Czech Republic

November 7- 9, 2002

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European Commission reinforces its support of training workshops to help scientists launch biotech start-ups.

Brussels, 21 December 2001
Draft Press Release

Growth in new sectors, such as biotechnology, is driven essentially through the creation and development of new companies. As researchers are seldom acquainted with management and finance, the European Commission is once again supporting the Biobiz™ initiative to help entrepreneurs launch their start-ups by preparing viable business plans. Based on the success of previous series, the EC has reinforced its support this year with a new round of 15 workshops across Europe. This additional support will allow even scientists with limited revenue to participate. Entire Article ...
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China, People’s Republic of Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Ag GMO Implementation Measures

This is an UNOFFICIAL translation of the People’s Republic of China Ag GMO Implementation Measures and should be used as a guide only. Exporters should carefully discuss regulations and their application with Chinese importers to ensure that their interpretation of the regulation is accurate. (Refer to CH1056 for the GMO Administration Regulation).  Entire Article ... in PDF
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Royal Society issued an important document this February. It is called

Genetically modified plants for food use and human health - an update

and can be found at

We are presenting here the SUMMARY formulated in 9 points. Entire Article ...

Annual Report of the Association BIOTRIN (BIOTREND)
on main activities in 2001
On behalf of the executive board of the Association Biotrin
Helena Stepankova

The name Association BIOTREND proved unsuitable for the name BIOTREND was already reserved by another legal body here in the Czech Republic, and also abroad. Therefore, the association decided to use a different name when its web site was established - the name BIOTRIN. In March 2001, the Board of the Association BIOTREND decided to change also the name of the legal body, and since May 2001 the Association BIOTRIN exists as the succession organisation. It means it adopted all the tasks of the Association BIOTREND consequent to its articles.

In accordance with the articles, the activities of BIOTRIN went on in 2001. The main ones are listed below: Entire Article ...

OECD Biotechnology Update
Overview of some topics from the issue No. 10, November 2001

A Brief Guide to OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has 30 Member countries. Its principal aim is to promote policies for sustainable economic growth and employment, a rising standard of living, and trade liberalisation. By sustainable economic growth the OECD means growth that balances economic, social and environmental considerations.

The OECD is an institution that enables its Member countries to discuss and develop both domestic and international policies. It analyses issues, recommends actions, and provides a forum in which countries can compare their experiences, seek answers to common problems, and work to co-ordinate policies. Entire Article ...

EU passes laws to set up new food safety body

European Union farm ministers officially passed laws setting up a new European Food Safety Authority, designed to boost public confidence in the wake of alerts such as mad cow disease and dioxin poisoning.

Under a deal brokered at a summit of EU leaders in December last year, the new authority will be temporarily located in Brussels, and the Commission said the search was now on for a management board and executive director. The main tasks of the body, which will employ up to 250 people with budget of 40 million euros, will be to provide scientific advice to policy makers and give the public information on potential risks in the food chain.It will also operate the rapid alert system, collecting information on possible food risks from national authorities.

The system will be extended from food to cover animal feed . A permanent seat for the new agency has yet to be decided. Finland, Italy, Spain and France have all offered to host the EFSA but EU leaders have so far failed to resolve the issue, which has become politically very sensitive.

Database “BioTrack Online

Database Biotrack Online is produced by OECD Directorate for Environment, Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology. Their task is outreach and information dissemination. On the Web page we can find information related to major legislative developments in OECD Member countries, incl. relevant regulatory authorities, field trials of transgenic organisms, products approved by regulatory agencies and commercialized, etc. Due to the higher interest in safety of food information on genetically modified food and feed will be included.


OECD Biotechnology Update

OECD Biotechnology Update is a newsletter that comes out approximately every six months. Its purpose is to provide an update on OECD´s biotechnology events, activities (incl. dates and venues of meetings) and new publications.

These newsletters are products of activities of the Internal Co-operation Group for Biotechnology (ICGB).

Thornvald Moe (SGE)
OECD Deputy Secretary-General
Chairman of the ICGB

Peter Kearns
Secretary to the ICGB

OECD Forum on Biotechnology and Food Safety

The OECD Forum on Biotechnology and Food Safety is an electronic venue for knowledge-sharing among users from the scientific community and civil society. It offers the opportunity both to keep us abreast of information and expertise, and to share this information with others.

OECD welcomes contributions, which could be sent to them by e-mail and join the ongoing discussion between the visitors to this site.

There are guidelines and rules for contributions to the Forum.


OECD´s Web Sites

Biotechnology at OECD:
BioTrack Online:
Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds:
Biotechnology Unit Homepage:
Biotechnology Publications:


The failure of the WTO summit in Seattle was many times discussed in connection with GMO in all media. Unfortunately very often such reports and comments showed poor understanding of their authors to problems that caused the conflicts of participants and to the powers that were behind the ”public” protests. They reflected rather a personal view of authors. Nevertheless, such understanding is necessary for all who are interested in biotechnology as these problems and powers will play important role in the future of the field. Entire article ...
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