The 3rd International Conference on GMO-free Regions, Biodiversity and Rural Development will bring together representatives from GMO-free regional governments and municipalities, from farmers, consumers, environmental and other organisations active in the field of GMO-free agriculture and the self-determination of regions. It will be helt in Brussels on 19th and 20th of April.
14 new local authorities demand from the government the right to ban GMOs
A group of municipalities in the Cluj County – the so-called Huedin microregion – have declared themselves as a GMO-Free Zone. This makes it Romania’s second GMO-Free Region. The 14 localities followed the example of another GMO-Free Region established in the Bistrita Nasaud County in March 2006 (2 towns and 24 communes).
Call for support from Portugal:
On the 17th of August 2007 the ‘Movimento Verde Eufémia’ went into action of civil disobedience, targeting the first transgenic field in the Algarve GMO Free Zone in South Portugal. 65 mowers entered the field and were able to mow a hectare of GM corn in less than 20 minutes. The action was publicly announced in the media and took place in broad daylight. Watch a video reportage
During an attack of an armed militia with around 40 gunmen to the peasant's camp at the experimental field trial of Syngenta Seeds multinational, at Santa Teresa do Oeste, at 13:30 of today (October 21st), a Via Campesina member, Valmir Motta, 32 years old, father of 3 children, was executed with two shots on his chest. Other six rural workers are severely wounded and a gunmen was possibly killed.
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.
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.