“Stop the seeds of destruction!”
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ImageOn the 15th of June 2005, activists from A SEED Europe, XminY and Respect for Animals protested at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the offices of the Dutch Biotechnology Association (NIABA).

GM Crop expansion limited in 2009,€“ reduction of crops in the EU
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February 23, 2010 – The latest data on GM crops around the world, from the industry-funded group ISAAA, reveals that seven out of 25 countries had reduced GM cultivation areas in 2009 and another remained static. Furthermore, no new countries grew GM crops during this period and GM Cultivation in Europe dropped more than 10%. On the day of the release of annual industry-sponsored figures, a new report from Friends of the Earth International ‘Who Benefits from GM Crops’ reveals that claims made by the biotech industry that genetically modified (GM) crops can combat climate change are both exaggerated and premature.

Film-Theater: To bio or not to Bio
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Image10-11-12 September 2009 – Amsterdam – premiere of dance-film-theater play To bio or not to Bio feat. "Percy" and "Lou" in their struggle with "GMO" and "Monsanto". Show is part of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival.

At De Nieuwe Anita, Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, starts at 8:30 PM, tickets 7.50 euros.

Stop “€˜Monsantosizing€” food, seeds & animals!
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Global alert from the No Patents on Seeds!
– Sign the Petition until July 2010!

ImageFarmers’ organisations from around the world, breeders, UN institutions as well as development and environmental organisations have repeatedly raised major concerns about the increasing monopolisation of seeds and farm animals via patents over the last few years. The loss of independence and rising indebtedness for farmers, a reduction of plant and animal diversity, and ever higher constraints for breeding and research activities represent some of the most worrying impacts of this trend. But despite these alarming experiences so far no legal measures are in sight to stop this trend. Tens of thousands of people have signed the petition against patents on seeds.

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. 

Stop the Crop – cyberaction
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  Protect a GMO-Free Europe!
The European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the new European Health Commissioner in charge of genetically modified crops (GMOs), John Dalli, have started their term with a clear signal: they approved for the first time since 1998 the release of a GMO into the environment, BASF’s potato “Amflora”, against the will of a majority in Europe. Send a letter to a European government of your choice asking them to STOP GMO APRROVALS.

Dutch Minister Verburg receives 10,500 letters against greenwashing toxic soy
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A SEED makes participants GMO Conference 2009 jump through hoop

ImageThe Hague, 25 November 2009 – During the GMO Conference 2009 the Dutch Minister of Agriculture Verburg received a petition from the Campaign against Toxic Soy, signed by 10.500 people. They call the Dutch government to stop putting development money into the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). 

Breeders’ Exemption on patent does not stop monopolization of food
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Gerda Verburg (Dutch minister of Agriculture) and Maria van der Hoeven (minister of Economic Affairs) last week announced their preparation of a bill that would include a restricted breeders exemption to the national law on patents (Rijksoctrooiwet 1995). Plantum NL , representing the Dutch seed branche, responded with optimism to the announcement.  According to A SEED Europe the proposed limited exemption on patenting of living organisms is very far from sufficient. It does not counteract an unwanted concentration of power in the agricultural and food sector.

GM Soy Action Pictures
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"GM Soy issues sidetracked at GMO Conference 2009"
(25 November 2009 – The Hague Kurhaus Hotel)

6th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions
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Image 300 representatives from 37 countries, representing formal and informal GMO-free regions, GMO-free initiatives and activists on related issues from all over Europe. Breeders and seed exchangers, farmers, bee-keepers, gmo-free traders, processors and retailers as well as consumers, critical scientists and environmental activists have met in the conference. The participants critically discussed the new GMO policy of the European Union, which was presented to them by EU Commissioner John Dalli.

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