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
sovereignty is the
peoples’, Countries’ or State Unions’ RIGHT to define their
agricultural and food policy, without any dumping vis-à-vis
third countries. Below you finda text from the small farmers and
peasants network Via Campesina explaning what food sovereignty means
and why it is so crusial a sustainable development.
Cinema Globaal presents, on Thursday 28th August 2008: The future of food – An impressive documentary about genetic engineering in the food chain by Deborah Koons Garcia. Introduction by Herman van Bekkum (Greenpeace) and discussion about what you can do yourself after the screening
The Dutch website gentech.nl has a partition in the agenda with all (known) petitions about genetic modification and related issues. From each petition you can find a short description and a link to the website hosting the petition. The descriptions are in Dutch but most petitions the page is referring … verder lezen
A SEED has published a new booklet. One that gives attention to organic fruit. “Jona and Chikito” tells the story about an apple and a banana and the places they come from.
A Dutch apple and a Mexican banana meet each other very unexpectedly. At first they are frightened, but they quickly discover that they've both just had a very long and tiring journey. Why did they travel so far and what all has happened to them?
This story takes a look at industrialised agriculture and is appropriate for both young and older children.
On the 8th of March 2006, International Womans day, 2,000 women, members
of the ‘Via Campesina’, destroyed more than 1 million seedlings in a
tree nursery belonging to Aracruz Celulose in Brazil. The Nursery is located in
Barra de Ribeiro, in the most southern state Rio Grande do Sul.
One of the national coordinators of the MST, Cristiane Gomes, affirmed
that this protest was aimed against the use of land for eucalyptus
plantations, land that according to Via Campesina should be used for
the needed land reform and food production. According to
Christiane, Aracruz is planting about 50 new hectares each day in Rio
Grande do Sul, and creates only 1 job per 185 hectares.
Support national bans and against approval of 2 maize varieties
Crucial decisions are pending at the European Union’s level regarding the cultivation of genetically modified crops, which will have significant consequences for the future of our food, our health and the environment. The European Commission had proposed to force Austria, Hungary, France and Greece to lift safeguard measures they put in effect against Monsanto maize MON 810, the only GM crop currently allowed for cultivation in the EU. The European Commission also proposes to approve the cultivation of two GM maize crops (Syngenta Bt11 and Pioneer 1507). This would be the first approvals of the cultivation of a genetically modified crop in Europe since 1998.
Tell the Dutch Environment Minister Cramer, Agriculture Minister Verburg, and Health Minister Klink to vote against these proposals of the European Commission. You can also write other EU-ministers or collect signatures. Join in the cyber action!