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Workshop to Introduce Vietnam's Circular for GM Crop Biosafety RegulationChuck Palazzo Salem-News.com
Participants to the workshop include representatives from different ministries, experts and scientists from research institutes, universities, and companies.
(DA NANG Vietnam) - The Department of Biodiversity Conservation of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a seminar to introduce Circular No.08/2013/TT-BTNMT dated May, 2013 on June 21, 2013 in Hanoi.
The Circular came into force on July 1, 2013 and stipulates the order and procedures to grant and revoke the certificate of biological safety for genetically modified crops.
Speaking at the workshop, Mrs. Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan, Deputy Director of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation said that in line with the policy of stimulating biotechnology application, especially in agriculture, the Party and the Government has issued guidelines and policies and many legal documents.
These include the Environment Protection Law (2005), Biodiversity Act (2008), Law on Food Safety (2010), Decree 69/2010/ND-CP and Decree 108/2011/ND-CP, which will ensure the application of biotechnology with safety to the environment, biodiversity and human health. She also said that the Department of Biodiversity Conservation will be working closely with ministries and its branches as well as with scientists and experts in related fields, to implement Circular No. 08/2013/TT-BTNMT to ensure biological safety to the environment and biodiversity, while applying GM technology in Vietnam.
The Circular also stipulates the functions and tasks of the Biosafety Council, the appraisal standing body and the expert panels. Participants to the workshop include representatives from different ministries, experts and scientists from research institutes, universities, and companies.
For details of the workshop, contact Hien Le of Agbiotech Viet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chuck Palazzo is a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, Interim Editor for Agent Orange, and works with Agent Orange Action Group http://aoag.org/ and Hoa Binh Chapter, Veterans For Peace http://vfp-vn.ning.com/ Chuck Palazzo has spent years since the war studying the impacts and effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant chemical sprayed by the U.S. govt. on the jungles of Vietnam. He says Dioxins have been re-discovered to cause all sorts of damage to humans. These include Heart Disease, Parkinsonism, Diabetes et cetera. Dioxins are already known to produce serious birth defects and a variety of cancers. The chemical is still sold in Third World Countries and is causing the same problems.
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