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.

‘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.

 

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’.

info night about GMO resistance
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Potato revolt in the 21st century: support the GMO resistance!

Sunday April 22 – Plantage Doklaan 8, Amsterdam

Information evening with videos on the Big Potato Swap action in Wetteren (Belgium) last year, the upcoming trial of 11 participants and upcoming new actions. Defendants will tell you about the action Wetteren, their trial strategy. ASEED will give a brief overview of the situation on Genetic Manipulation in Flanders and the Netherlands, as well as explain a citizen inspection of Biotech Valley in Ghent on May 9.

Upcoming GMO Info & film events
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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.

 

Eindhoven, 15th March
At the Omslag there will be an information evening on the campaign and recent developments. The event will take place from 20:00-22:00 at the Omslag on Hoogstraat 301A,  5654 NB, Eindhoven. See the venue´s website here for details – http://www.omslag.nl/nieuws/00635.html

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.

Gentech overboord! – alle verslagen van de actiezeiltocht over de Waddenzee
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Van 3 t/m 15 augustus 2005 heeft een groep activisten een tocht gemaakt langs de noordelijke provincies om gemeenten en boeren op te roepen hun regio gentechvrij te verklaren. De tocht bracht hen langs Den Helder, Texel, Terschelling, Harlingen, Leeuwarden, Emmeloord, Enkhuizen en Lelystad. Lees alle verslagen en bekijk de … verder lezen

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