Stop Dutch support toxic GM soy greenwash
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Sign the second petition of Toxicsoy.org calling the Dutch government, WWF and Solidaridad to stop their support to the Round Table greenwash of toxic GM soy.

On May 28th 2009 the international ‘Round Table on Responsible Soy’ (RTRS) has agreed on criteria for ‘responsible’ soy. These are very weak and do not offer an effective solution for the grave impacts of soy production. Even worse, they legitimise genetically modified (GM) soy, designed to be produced with large quantities of pesticides at the cost of people and the environment. We question the important role World Wildlife Fund, Solidaridad, and the Dutch government play in this Round Table process, either by funding it or by being actively involved in it. WWF is claims to be against GMOs. 

Farmer and the Gene in Mondiaal Centrum Haarlem
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(information in dutch)
Woensdag 4 juni 2008 vindt de laatste Café Globaal plaats voor de zomervakantie.  Om vol ideeën en inspiratie de zomer in te gaan nodigen we extra veel gasten uit. De avond wordt afgesloten met de 24 minuten durende film ‘Gen zoekt boer’. Met de verwachtingen en twijfels van boeren als vertrekpunt, onderzoekt de documentaire verschillende aspecten van gentechnologie in de landbouw zoals het samengaan van gemanipuleerde, biologische en gangbare gewassen en de milieuveiligheid en gezondheidsrisico's van GGO's. Kunnen de verschillende benaderingen van voedselproductie vredig naast elkaar bestaan of zijn ze onverenigbaar in een klein land als Nederland?

Activists occupy GM corn field in Germany
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Oberboihingen – About 20 activists are occupying a trial field with GM maize in Oberboihingen in the south of Germany since last Friday April 4th. They want to prevent contamination of conventional corn. They installed a 10-meter high tower in the field. Thanks to the support of the local population the occupants managed to defy heavy rainfall during the weekend.

Gene Seeks Farmer: film- & debate tour
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This Saturday A SEEDs new documentary "Gene Seeks Farmer" was presented in the Balie, Amsterdam. After there was a good debate, with panel members Michel Haring, Krista van Velzen, Maaike Raaijmakers en Lidy Demunter. Illustrating the controversy around the introduction of GMO crops, the film challenges farmers, representatives and a … verder lezen

3th meeting for the free use of seeds
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For the conservation of diversity of food crops and common property
May 19 and 20, 2007 in Halle/Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

text taken from the Longo Mai newsletter, edition March 2007. Not likely that you can find this report in English.

Het idee voor een bijeenkomst in Halle over de betekenis van soortenrijkdom en het gevaar dat zaad, een belangrijke bron van leven, wordt geprivatiseerd, is ontstaan door de ontmoetingen van mensen uit de Longo Maï-coöperaties Hof Ulenkrug in Duitsland, Hof Stopar in Oostenrijk en de Mas de Granier, Treynas en Grange neuve in Frankrijk met het netwerk "Reseau semences paysannes", de vereniging Kokopelli en meerdere initiatiefnemers in Oost-Europa.

Agro-Active in a Changing Climate
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ImageIn the past months A SEED has been active within the climate action movement. We saw this as a side step of our agriculture and soy campaign. Agriculture, and particularly meat production and live stock farming has huge impact on climate change. On the other side are small farmers in many Southern countries among the first groups that are negatively affected by the effects of climate change. In the months before and during the UN Climate Summit (COP15) in Copenhagen there has been a lot of attention for the issue. It was A SEEDs goals to get make agriculture part of the radical climate discourse. We have done this by publishing texts, organising actions and by being actively involved in the international mobilisation for the summit.

Locations Dutch Field Trials 2008
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This year there have been a lot of applications and approvals for potato and maize field trial permissions. On the website of VROM , the Dutch Ministry of Environment, you can see in which municipalities those field trials are. (Click on “Locaties Veldproeven”)

An overview of the locations of the field trial applications in 2008 with maize you can see on the website of Greenpeace.

Debate on genetic manipulation in agriculture: Blessing or Nightmare?
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Image Debate in Assen, 2nd of June, 19h30, Assen (de Schalm). (info in dutch:)
In Assen organiseren SP Drenthe, D66 in Drenthe, Natuur en milieugroep Midden Drenthe en L.T.O. noord een debat over genetische manipulatie in de landbouw op maandag 2 juni . Sprekers zijn: Jan Mulder (VVD Europarlementariër), Krista van Velzen (SP Tweede kamerlid), Michel Haring (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Peter Bruinenberg (AVEBE), Maaike Raaijmakers (Biologica) en Jan Storms. De avond begint om 19u30 (deuren open vanaf 19h) in de Schalm. De documentaire "Gen Zoekt Boer" wordt vertoond, en er is een gastoptreden van Wieteke van Dort met harpmuziek van Mona Moog.

Eternal Mash, 29 mei
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ode to the crop

At the 29th of May at 22.50 p.m. the documentary Eternal Mash (Catherine van Campen) will be broadcasted on Dutch public television (Ned2). At the same time the movie is broadcasted there will be an international convention on biological diversity in Bonn (Germany). More than 5,000 delegates from all over the world will visit Bonn to discuss the protection and the preservation of species and habitats, a sustainable use of biological diversity as well as a fair distribution of access and exploitation.
The importance of preservation of species is Ruurd his message as well.

Direct resistance against GMO-fields in Germany
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So far, 7 GMO fields have been squatted and the cultivation of at least 3 other fields have been prevented by destruction, sabotage and public protests this year. It looks like the German anti-GMO-movement is on the upswing.

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