The last few months GENTECH.NL, the Dutch critical news and info site on GMOs in agriculture and consumer goods, published news items on topics like fields trials in the Netherlands, the certification proecess of 'responsible' soy, criticism from concerned scientists in Europe, and more. Also the agenda and the petitions sections have been updated. If you have suggestions for items or relevant press releases, you are welcome to e-mail to gentech.nl AT aseed.net. New items since May 2009:
Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!
Amsterdam – Today, A SEED Europe held a picket-line at a conference on genetically modified soy. The objective of the meeting was to discuss sustainability risks and benefits of GM soy and to formulate management options for companies. A SEED reminded participants upon arrival that not only is GM still controversial, but so is large-scale soy production in general. A SEED did not participate in the conference itself because the announcement made clear that in our eyes crucial poignant issues in the (GM) soy debate were not open for discussion. The organisors want to have a dialogue with the soy industry and that is impossible if the use of GM crops or production reduction are on the table. Read more in below press release on the conference and the criticism of the peasant movements in the south and critical organisatons in the north.
On Friday May 4 the Gr8chaoskaravaan – one of six bicycle caravans against the G8 summit in Germany – together with A SEED carried out a protest action against a planned test field with genetically manipulated maize by Pioneer in the dutch town of Werkendam. The caravan finds it outrageous that the municipality has not been properly informed about the test field in advance.
Leaving a message on the sidewalk
In the Dutch town Nijmegen a new initiative against GE in our food has been launched: Citizens for GMO-free food. This Platform for critical consumers (and companies) wants to make a powerful statement towards to municipal council: “We want a GMO free Nijmegen!!” Therefore the group set up a petition, … verder lezen
From the 3rd until the 15th of August 2005, a group of activists toured around the northern provinces of the Netherlands calling upon municipalities and farmers to declare their regions gm-free. The tour stopped at Den Helder, Texel, Terschelling, Harlingen, Leeuwarden, Emmeloord, Enkhuizen and Lelystad.
Since the last update GENTECH.NL, the Dutch critical news and info site on GMOs in agriculture and consumer goods, published news items on the Benbrook study which showed an increase in pesticide use related to GE crops, contamination troubles for rice, soy and flex, the carefully pro-GMO orchestrated GMO Conference 2009 in The Hague, and last but not least, the new GMO free labels showing up in Europe. All to gentech.nl AT aseed.net. New items since May 2009:
About 60 persons attended the Dutch conference about gmo-free zones that took place in the venue Boerderij Mereveld in Utrecht on February 4. The event, organised by Greenpeace Netherlands, organic chain representative Biologica, and A SEED, informed about the opportunities and limitations for creating gmo-free zones in the Netherlands. Participants formed a varied group consisting of farmers, provincial politicans, policy makers, activists, and concerned citizens.