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SEEDmail # 26 – February 2013

februari 27, 2013
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Content overview

1. Reclaim the Seed : coming weekend : practical help needed
2. Join ASEED: VACANCIES
3. Gentechfriet eet ik niet – infonights
4. Gentech.nl needs your financial support!
5. Petition: Sign for GM free Amsterdam & make space for sustainable agriculture!
6. GMO trial verdict: Crimilisation of Struggle for a sustainable agricultural system
7. Amsterdam should become a GMO free zone
8. Feeding the world – conference in Amsterdam Hilton ‘missing the boat’
9. Biotech’s 10 biggest PR disasters of 2012

1. Reclaim the Seed : coming weekend : practical help needed
2-3 March 2013 @ Reparatiestraat& Graafse Hof in Den Bosch (NL) – www.reclaimtheseeds.nl

The goal of the Reclaim the Seeds weekend is to support biodiversity of foodcrops, as well as organizations, individuals and farmers that are involved in protecting this. Saturday 2 March there is a seed fair where you can swap and buy seeds, and an extensive workshop programma: http://www.reclaimtheseeds.nl/index.php/program. Sunday 3rd of March we focus on local inititives and active participation in cityguardening.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Apart from visiting the festival, you can also take part in the organization. We are still looking for helping hands!! What to do: Barshifts, build up/cleaning/arranging spaces, dishes, reception desk.

If you want to help out, please send an email to jori@aseed.net in which you mention what you prefer to do, for how long, and at what time (approximately). Travel costs can be reimbursed if needed.

facebook page of the festival:  https://www.facebook.com/events/308295075937646

2. Join ASEED: VACANCIES
Volunteer vacancy: Merchandise Co-ordinator
We have t-shirts, buttons, sometimes other stuff, but we need more to be designed, produced and distributed. You will be taking care of that, with the help of other volunteers.

Volunteer vacancy: Fundraising Activities Coordinator
You would organise benefit events like dinners or partys, as well as donor recruitement, often combined with an info stall at an event. Of course you will get support from the fundraising coordinator and volunteer coordinator to find people to help you with this.

Find out more details here: http://www.aseed.net/new/en/joinaproject

Volunteer vacancy: an EVS-project (someone from The Netherlands, but not necessarily Dutch, aged 18-30) in a permaculture vegetable garden hosted by a rural living community in Switserland. Deadline: 8 March. Start 1 May, for 7 months. Want to know more? Mail linda@aseed.net

3. Gentechfriet eet ik niet – infonights
Genetically Modified potatoes are currently being field tested in the Netherlands by Wageninger University. The potatoes are being used a pro-GMO publicity stunt in an attempt to increase public approval of GMOs and reduce EU safety regulations. If successful, this could open the market to many kinds for GMO crops into our environment and onto our dinner tables. Come to one of our info nights to learn about the issue, our action plan and to find out how you can get involved.

Den Bosch, 2nd March
11-18hr @ Reclaim the seeds weekend: Series of workshops on GMOs (taal: NL), Gentechfriet eet ik niet campaign (taal: ENG), GM free zones (taal: NL). For details – http://reclaimtheseeds.nl/index.php/programma/2-programma

Eindhoven, 15th March
20:00-22:00 @ Omslag (taal: NL), Hoogstraat 301A. For details – http://www.omslag.nl/nieuws/00635.html

Den Haag, 19th March – GMO lecture by Dr. Diederick Sprangers
20-22hr @ Panderbar (taal: NL), Binnendoor 32. Organised by: Haagse Mug – For details: http://harriak7.home.xs4all.nl/haagsemug/

Utrecht, 7th April
14-17hr Groenfront Daycafe @ ACU, Voorstraat 71

Wormerveer, 12th April
20.30hr @ De Groote Weiver, Industrieweg 1a

More coming up….keep an eye on our website.
Want to host an infonight? We are happy to come to a venue in your home town. Contact us: info@aseed.net

4. Gentech.nl needs your financial support!
Honest and indepent Dutch news & information website on genetic engineering is urgently looking for donors. Help keep gentech.nl online and register or make a donation online: http://www.gentech.nl/steun_ons. Or transfer directly into the Triodos Bank account of stg. A SEED Europe IBAN: NL47 TRIO 0254 7289 52; SWIFT or BIC: TRIONL2U. Reference: donation gentech.nl. THANKS!

5. Petition: Sign for GM free Amsterdam & make space for sustainable agriculture!
Europe is considering to approve over 20 genetically manipulated crops to be grown on the our fields. Cultivation of these crops has a negative impact on the environment and biodiversity. Little is known about health effects. Sign here: https://petities.nl/petitie/teken-voor-een-gentechvrij-amsterdam-geef-duurzame-landbouw-de-ruimte

6. GMO trial verdict: Crimilisation of Struggle for a sustainable agricultural system
Tuesday, 12 February 2013, the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists from the Field Liberation Movement of consipiracy. In doing so, the judge has criminalised their participation in the debate and the non violent direct action on 29th May 2011, which brought attention to the need for a sustainable agriculture system. The defendants are appealling against the ridiculous verdict and demanding a retrial which respects their legal right to a defence in court.
http://www.aseed.net/new/en/gmo-mainmenu-174/1131-gmo-trial-verdict-crimilisation-of-struggle-for-a-sustainable-agricultural-system

7. Amsterdam should become a GMO free zone
On January 28, 2013, the local Party for the Animals presented a proposal to make Amsterdam a GMO-free zone. The party states that growing GMOs causes too many risks for humans, animals, the environment and nature. The proposal will be discussed by the city council on April 10th. The meeting will be open for public and ASEED calls people to attend it to express their support for the proposal to turn Amsterdam into a GMO free zone. http://www.aseed.net/new/en/gmo-mainmenu-174/1129-party-for-the-animals-proposal-amsterdam-gmo-free-zone

8. Feeding the world – conference in Amsterdam Hilton ‘missing the boat’

On January 30 the conference ‘Feeding the World’ took place in the Amsterdam Hilton hotel. At this controversial event organised by magazine The Economist, Dutch princess Máxima took the stage together with pesticide multinational Monsanto. Critics label the event as misleading because it promotes industrial agriculture as the solution to solve world hunger. Fifteen organisations including ASEED expressed their criticism in an open letter. Read it here: http://www.aseed.net/new/en/foodsovereignty/in-the-news/1126-feeding-the-world-conference-missing-the-boat

9. Biotech’s 10 biggest PR disasters of 2012
2012 was the year the lights came up on the biotech industry. Its claims, its tactics and its products all came under scrutiny and some of its biggest PR fairytales bit the dust. Here are some prime examples listed by GM watch: http://www.aseed.net/new/en/gmos/background/1133-biotechs-10-biggest-pr-disasters-of-2012