In June 2009, A SEED visited many of the places in Eastern Germany where Dutch agro-industrialists where building new mega pig stables. [flyer and report]. Since then, the so-called investors continued their expansion. As the resistance did. The two most prominent planned pig factories give good examples about the proceedings during the last year: Alt Tellin and Haßleben.
Climate Camp Action in Antwerpen
August 6, 2009 – A group of 40 people closed the meat department in the Delhaize supermarket on the Meir in Antwerpen. The production and selling of meat and dairy contributes world wide more to the emission of the greenhouse gasses than all the traffic and transport together. According to the activists it is about time do do something against this activity that is causing world wide so much misery.
New study shows Roundup link with birth defects,
GM soy damages health and the environment
CEO Wednesday 22 September, 2010 – A coalition of international scientists has released a report warning of the health and environmental impacts of cultivating genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready soy and the associated spraying of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide .
Sign the second petition of Toxicsoy.org calling the Dutch government, WWF and Solidaridad to stop their support to the Round Table greenwash of toxic GM soy.
On May 28th 2009 the international ‘Round Table on Responsible Soy’ (RTRS) has agreed on criteria for ‘responsible’ soy. These are very weak and do not offer an effective solution for the grave impacts of soy production. Even worse, they legitimise genetically modified (GM) soy, designed to be produced with large quantities of pesticides at the cost of people and the environment. We question the important role World Wildlife Fund, Solidaridad, and the Dutch government play in this Round Table process, either by funding it or by being actively involved in it. WWF is claims to be against GMOs.
In the past months A SEED has been active within the climate action movement. We saw this as a side step of our agriculture and soy campaign. Agriculture, and particularly meat production and live stock farming has huge impact on climate change. On the other side are small farmers in many Southern countries among the first groups that are negatively affected by the effects of climate change. In the months before and during the UN Climate Summit (COP15) in Copenhagen there has been a lot of attention for the issue. It was A SEEDs goals to get make agriculture part of the radical climate discourse. We have done this by publishing texts, organising actions and by being actively involved in the international mobilisation for the summit.