Monday, February 14, 2011

On February 14

On this day in ...
... 2001 (10 years ago today), by a vote of 338 to 52, the Parliament of the European Union approved a measure to regulate genetically modified organisms. Cast amid "intense suspicions" about GMOs, the vote in favor of regulations on testing, planting, and distribution paved the way for an end to "Europe's unofficial moratorium on bioengineered seeds and food."
... 2007 (4 years ago today), this blog was soft-launched by means of the following wee post, entitled IntLawGrrls' Hearfelt Hello:

Our world is a jumble of peoples, a mix of culture and custom, a marketplace of markets as well as ideas. We come together in amazing ways, yet clash in ways that bring destruction and dismay. Women now have a hand in our world’s affairs: think Albright and Arbour, del Ponte and Higgins, Ginsburg and Rice. Yet our voices remain faint, in backrooms and in the blogosphere. IntLawGrrls – women who teach and work in international law, policy and practice – hope to change all that. We embrace foremothers' names to encourage crisp commentary, delivered at times with a dash of sass. We welcome replies, and we look forward to fresh dialogue on the matters of the day.
It's our world, after all.
In gestation beginning February 14, 2007
Due date March 3, 2007 – Grrls’ Day in Japan

(Prior February 14 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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