In the last 15 years only two GM crops have been authorized for cultivation in Europe. This was a result of public rejection and successful opposition by the environmental, social and farmers movements. However, we are still faced with around 25 GM crops in the pipeline that are close to getting approved, many of them resistant to (multiple) herbicides, and Bt-crops. There is also a GMO-supporting European Commission, less encouraged national governments and intransparent ways how these decisions are taken.
Join ASEED on a solidarity trip to Belgium: Monday 27th -Tuesday 28th May.
We are organising transport to Dendermonde, to support the 11 activists that are resisting the unjust sentences in the ‘GM potato trial’.
And you are invited to participate actively. At the first hearing the defense team did not have the chance to present their evidence, their witnesses or to explain their action. Now their will be a Public Hearing, organised independently from the courthouse, in which we can all exchange our arguments and form our opinion together. Citizens, farmers, researchers, and anybody else interested in the issue: bring your knowledge, experience and ideas.
We will be leaving on the evening of Monday 27th May, and returning after the trial finishes on Tuesday 28th.
(Dendermonde, 12th February 2013) – Today the court of Dendermonde convicted 11 activists 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.
www.gentech.nl is dè Nederlandstalige website met (kritisch) nieuws & informatie over genetische manipulatie in landbouw en voedselvoorziening. We bereiken 5.000 tot 9.000 bezoekers per maand. De website is een belangrijke bron van achtergrondinformatie voor journalisten, activisten, boeren en beleidsmakers.
Debate on GMOs refused by court
Dendermonde/Brussels, 15/01/2013 – In the presence of a huge crowd of supporters from a range of organisations, the court of Dendermonde (Belgium) has denied 11 anti-GMO activists the legal right to a defence in court. The court refused to allow defence witnesses to give their statements, and also refused to allow video footage to be shown. This is in violation of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees defendants the right to a fair trial. In response, the 11 field liberators and their lawyers decided unanimously to leave the court room.
[this press release only exists in Dutch]
PERSBERICHT 14 januari 2013
Nederlanders voor Belgische rechtbank bij gentech-aardappel-proces
Dinsdag 15 januari start in het Vlaamse Dendermonde het grote gentech-aardappel-proces. Twee Nederlanders, acht Belgen en een Fransman staan terecht voor het rooien van een veldje gentech aardappelen in het Vlaamse Wetteren op 29 mei 2011. De meest vergaande aanklacht tegen de 11 luidt bendevorming, het vormen van een criminele organisatie.
Nijmegen first Dutch municipality with officiel GM-free zone
by Diederick Sprangers, Genethics Foundation – After declaring itself GM-free in 2011, the Dutch city of Nijmegen has moved on and incorporated the GM-free status in the zoning plan of one of its quarters with farmland. This means that GM crops are now legally forbidden in the quarter Ooyse Schependom of the city. Other Dutch cities and provinces are getting interested: local and regional politicians are considering taking the same steps as Nijmegen.
Genetically-modified RoundupReady maize has been linked to tumours in rats. A team of French researchers found that rats fed for a year on the GMO maize NK 603 (of which Monsanto owns the patent) were two or three times more likely to develop tumours than ones fed ordinary maize. This is the first time such shocking and hard scientific proof is available of the health threat related to the consumption of a GMO fed to animals on a massive scale.
[This text exists so far only in Dutch] Op 4 augustus 2012 werd bekend dat het Amerikaanse supermarkt-concern genetisch gemanipuleerde (gg) suikermaïs van Monsanto gaat verkopen. Tegelijkertijd kwam er echter ook goed nieuws uit de VS over die maïs; de insecten (maïs-stengelboorder) waartegen deze plant resistent gemaakt zou moeten zijn, blijken toch lekker door te blijven eten.