Workshop at 2.Dh5 on GMO resistance in the Netherlands
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2dh5-2012During the political festival 2.Dh5 ASEED will give a short update on the cultivation of GM crops in The Netherlands, with a specific focus on potatoes, the universities and chemical companies with their GM potato field trials, aaaaand the resistance side of the story,… the history still to be written..!
We would like to get feedback about our concrete action plans, and on building up a GMO resistance movement in the Netherlands.

Inspectiegroep onthult Monsanto’s verborgen agenda
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ImageNovember 2nd 2010, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands – Today around thirty climate conscious citizens paid a visit to the main premises of international agri-chemical giant Monsanto in the Netherlands. The aim was to find clues about the company's hidden agenda. Their suspicions were aroused by the company's new claims to feed and fuel the world, which somehow do not match Monsanto’s current atrocious human rights and environmental record.

Picture report action “GMOs off the field!”
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In addition to the report you can find here more pictures of the action 'GMOs off the field!' at the field with GM-mais near Drimmelen and Hooge Zwaluwe in the western part of the Dutch province Noord Brabant.
The caption with the pictures is in Dutch.

Succesfull sticker action ‘GM chips won’t touch my lips’ continues
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Hundreds of stickers with the message “I don’t eat GM chips” have been spread throughout The Netherlands between September 29 and October 7. The sticker action week against GM potatoes took place parallel to the annual Week of Taste, which’ central theme this year was the potato. Concerned citizens and activists put the protest stickers on landposts and such in the vicinities of snackbars, supermarkets, trial fields with genetically modified potatoes. Even the WUR agriculture university in Wageningen was not spared. Apparently the GE projects of BASF and WUR leave not only us with sour taste and many do not hide their resentment. But unfortunately the message has not came across well yet, as the most recent permit for even more BASF field trials for 2013 illustrate. So GM protests go on and we call everybody to join our sticker and protest card action “GM chips won’t touch my lips”. Continue reading to find out how, and where.

Support GMO activists at their court case
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 On May 29, 2011, hundreds of activists partly neutralized a field with genetically engineered potatoes in Wetteren, Flanders. On May 8, the trial starts against the “11 of Wetteren”, suspects selected by the Belgian public prosecutor from the nearly 500 participants in the action. Besides weeding potato plants, they are also accused of ‘forming a gang’ (criminal association). The Belgian Field Liberation Movement (FLM) expresses the view that it actually concerns a “good deed union”, and invites all supporters to declare being a member of the’ benevolent gang’.

‘Sowing the future’ for a GMO free agriculture
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In October 8 biodynamic (BD) farmers spread over the Netherlands invite people to come to their farm during the weekend to sow winter wheat. With these seed sowing activities the Netherlands is the 12th country to join the international project ‘Sowing the future’, subtitled ‘Keep agriculture GMO free’.

GMO aardappelrechtszaak en burgerinspectie Biotech Valley Gent
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[article so far only available in Dutch]
Op dinsdag 8 mei jongstleden begon in de rechtbank van Dendermonde (Belgie) het proces tegen elf aardappelactivisten die deelnamen aan de ‘aardappelruilactie’ van de FLM (Field Liberation Movement) in mei vorig jaar. Bij die actie trokken 400 demonstranten uit verschillende landen op naar een proefveld met genetisch gemanipuleerde aardappelen om ze te verwisselen met een biologisch alternatief. Op 9 mei zette de FLM haar acties weer voort. Ze organiseerde een burgerinspectie van de Biotechvalley in Zwijnaarde (Gent). Al wandelend door het industriepark inspecteerde de FLM met ongeveer 100 deelnemers onder meer de veldproef met genetisch gewijzigde populieren van het Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB), de serres van Bayer Crop Science en de samenwerking van het VIB en de UGent met BASF Plant Science.

 

Succesvolle blokkade van Monsanto bij Bergschenhoek
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ImageOn May 17 2010 about 40 persons of the action group 'Roundup Monsanto' blocked both gates of the Monsanto seed company in Bergschenhoek (near Rotterdam). 'Roundup Monsanto' wants Monsanto to back out of the seed market, and demand an end to patents on seeds and living organisms. Monsanto and other agro-chemical multinationals are lobbying the Dutch government and the EU for legislative changes that would make it easier for large companies to take control of the seed market and food production.[1] The blockade took place at the former De Ruiter Seeds, acquired by Monsanto in 2008, where research laboratories, offices, greenhouses, and a central storage for seeds and seedlings are to be found.

Good Food March for sustainable, fair, GM- and patent-free food and agriculture
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As the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2014-2020 is being debated in Brussels, people GFMlogoin Europe are taking action for a complete overhaul of the current CAP, which favours trade-orientated, large-scale industrial farming and stimulates surpluses dumped in the Global South. The Good Food March is an initiative supported by over 100 European organisations who demand a fair and sustainable food system and agriculture in Europe and in the South. The initiative included actions in countries throughout Europe and bike tours from meeting points in The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Belgium and France to Brussels that continued for several weeks.

 

Film and presentation on gentech hazards 9 september (CBL Lelystad)
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In cooperation with ASEED the Centre for Biological Agriculture in Lelystad will show a movie about the problems Americans farmers encounter becuase of their GM crops, and will host a presentation on the dangers of GM for the ecological sector and for food security. This all will take place during CBL’s Public Day on 9 September.

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