Quote:By Rady Ananda
On Sept. 6, the European Unionâ€™s top court paved the way for farmers and beekeepers to recoup losses when their crops or honey become genetically contaminated from neighboring GM fields.
The European Court of Justice ruled that all food products containing GMOs â€“ whether intentional or not â€“ must undergo an approval process.
This marks a much stricter view than that being pushed by European Union Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli,
(Here is the EU Tard)
Quote:who wants no regulation of foods genetically contaminated â€œby accident,â€ a ludicrous idea given that coexistence ensures genetic contamination.
At the center of the dispute is Bavarian beekeeper Karl Heinz Bablok who joined with several others in suing the state when its research plots of Monsantoâ€™s GM corn, MON 810, contaminated his honey.
In 2008, an administrative court banned Bablok from selling or giving away that honey. But in a bizarre turn, the Augsburg court also ruled that beekeepers have no claim to protection against the growing of GM crops. They immediately filed a new lawsuit. 
Discussing todayâ€™s ruling, attorneys for the beekeepers noted that they may now have â€œa claim for damages against a farmer if MON 810 pollen from his cultivation gets into their honey.â€ 
Attorneys Dr Achim Willand and Dr Georg Buchholz explained:
â€œIf the beekeeper can no longer sell his honey, this is considered a major impairment causing a claim for damage. If the beekeeper moves his bees in order to prevent this impairment, it is also possible that the cultivator is liable for the additional work and expense of the beekeeper.â€
They added that the â€œdecision is important not only for beekeeping, but in general for the production of food and feed, as well as for trade.â€
The new ruling will also apply to â€œimports containing traces of material from genetically modified crops that donâ€™t have sufficient approval within the EU,â€ they said.........http://coto2.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/eu...liability/