Month: July 1999
Russia and CIS focus on toxics management
Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are recognising that they face major hurdles in overcoming the legacy of inadequate management of toxic substances and instituting environmentally sound practices, and they are working with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals to deal with the situation.
Meacher criticised for voting against GM crops suspension
UK environmental groups have expressed disappointment that the Environment Minister voted against a temporary EU-wide suspension in the authorisation of GM crops at the Council of Europe meeting on 24 June. The suspension passed despite votes against it. (see last week's story).
Antibiotics in agriculture continue without safety limits
A voluntary set of guidelines promoting the "responsible use of antibiotic" in agriculture has been criticised for failing to limit antibiotic use. Fears continue to grow that overuse of antibiotics in animal rearing will render useless other antibiotics aimed at human diseases.
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