SEEDmail #32 – July 2014, about our campaign developments and more!

argentinie-maisHi! Here is another irregular ASEED newsletter, including a summary of what has been going on with our campaigns lately as well as what our future plans are. And, as it is summer, we also include an overview of bike tours and camps that you can join. Lastly, we are looking for people who want to do a European Voluntary Service at ASEED! Have a great summer! The ASEED team

Contents:
Stop TTIP campaign
Seeds
GMO news
Upcoming summer camps and bike tours
Looking for new seedlings
Looking for donors
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Action camps and biketours in 2014

earthjfirst2014Also this summer it will be possible again to cycle and camp for a good cause. Often this is a more interesting way to spend your time than going to the beach or a commercial music festival, isn’t it? Continue reading

New GM soy from Bayer is resistant against more herbicides

bayerhazardBayer CropScience has launched a new soy product range. The corporation has started selling glyphosate and glufosinate resistant GMO soy seed under the brand name Credenz. Other varieties which have added resistance against so called HPPD herbicides are to follow at a later date.

Dirk Zimmermann of Greenpeace criticised the launch, saying after the failure of glyphosate tolerant plants, Bayer is now ramping up pesticide production. Having joined the arms race of global GM soy cultivation, the corporation has outed itself as an irresponsible war profiteer.

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TTIP DIY action evening in the Vrankrijk

stop-ttip-handThursday July 31st – Amsterdam

With a presentation, discussion, action brainstorm and materials making.

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We are looking for new seedlings! (EVS position)

Do you have affinity with the work of ASEED, some experience with activism, grass roots organising or campaigning on agriculture/food? We are looking for two persons joining the ASEED team in 2015 for a period of one year, as an EVS-er (European Voluntary Service). If you are not older than 30 years, not of Dutch nationality, speak English, and would like to join us, then maybe this is something for you. Read more about it below….and get in touch! Continue reading

Portraits of Seed People #2 : Sophia van Ruth

A holistic approach to seeds, food and communities.

Sophia van Ruth has been keen on growing food ever since she first had her own home. Plot, balcony, indoor pots, any little space can do the trick, as she never intended to do it at a professional level. Curiously enough though, she cannot remember when this passion exactly started and where it came from;  influenced by her, her parents have only recently started a veggie garden.

Sophia van Ruth Sophia was working on various projects at the collaborative work space the Hub in Rotterdam when fellow Hub members Eefje Ernst and Marten Witkamp invited her to join an urban farming project they were developing. She happily stepped in, and Urban Edibles was born.

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Wetsvoorstel Europese Commissie: meer GMOs toelaten

gmo-say_no_to_gmom_shields_photography(overgenomen van Supermacht.nl, geschreven door Rob Bleijerveld) 1 juni 2014 - De Permanente Vertegenwoordigers van de Europese Lidstaten (COREPER) keurden op 28 mei een wetsvoorstel van de Commissie goed dat de deuren wagenwijd opent voor teelt en doorvoer van gentechgewassen (GMOs) in de EU. Op 12 juni krijgen de milieuministers van de lidstaten de kans het voorstel te torpederen, en anders kan alleen nog het nieuwe Europarlement ervoor zorgen dat we niet nòg meer gentech op ons bord krijgen dan nu al het geval is…. Continue reading

Acties in Den Haag tegen vrijhandelsverdrag TTIP

2014-19mei-denhaag-ttip-overzicht-1000In Den Haag kwamen vandaag (19 mei) zo’n 80 mensen bijeen om te protesteren tegen het TTIP, het vrijhandelsverdrag waarover de EU en de VS op dit moment onderhandelen. De aanleiding was een hearing in de Tweede Kamer over dit onderwerp. Zowel afgevaardigden van het bedrijfsleven als van milieuorganisaties en ontwikkelingsorganisaties mochten de Kamerleden laten weten wat ze van het TTIP vinden en wat hun wensen en bezwaren zijn. Continue reading

Groeiend verzet tegen het TTIP

megaverdrag_transatlantic_trade_investment_partnership2Het Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is een vrijhandelsverdrag tussen de EU en de VS waar sinds juni 2013 over wordt onderhandeld. Hoewel wordt gedweept met dubieuze cijfers over economische groei en extra banen, is TTIP vooral in het belang van transnationale ondernemingen. Het gaat ten koste van de bescherming van milieu, gezondheidszorg en de rechten van arbeiders en consumenten. Gelukkig komt het verzet tegen dit verdrag op gang, ook in Nederland.

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Why we should stop TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the USA. Hiding behind widely contested arguments about boosting employment, TTIP would in fact favour corporate interests and weaken health, consumer, worker and environmental protections. We listed some arguments against this treaty Continue reading