19-27 June: Bike Caravan against GMOs

The Bike Caravan against GMOs and for an autonomous, local and ecological agriculture will travel in Switzerland between 19th and 27th of June 2010 from Pully to Reckenholz. Check out their website Www.caravane-anti-ogm.ch and click to continue to their call….

Burning patent issues – protest at the European Patent Office in München

ImageOn Tuesday the 20th of July patents and patent applications on sunflowers, melons, broccoli, cows and pigs went up in smoke as demonstrators outside the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich used their truly innovative Patent Burner. Several hundred individuals and representatives of farmers organisations and NGO’s from around the world gathered to protest against the EPO and against the patents the EPO are issuing on plants and animals. That day was the start of the hearing by the highest EPO Board of Appeal. Subject of the hearing are controversial patents on conventionally bred broccoli and wrinkled tomatoes.

Dutch debate on patenting and breeders’ rights not finished

(By organic chain organisation Bionext ,formerly Biologica)

On June 30, 2010, the Dutch parliament discussed the report “Veredelde zaken”. This report focuses on two protection methods for intellectual property used in the plant breeding sector, patenting and breeders’ rights (see below). The report shows that patent law not only limits access to genetic resources but also to the market and hence increase power concentrations in the breeding sector. This restricts innovations in plant breeding and supply of (new) varieties and thus constitutes a direct threat to food security.

Succesful Brussels workshop GMO Field Liberators

On September 16, 2010, coinciding with the conference on European GMO free regions at the EU parliament, a workshop by the Faucheurs Volontairs (Voluntary Field Liberators) took place outside, on the Place du Luxembourg, under the watchful eye of the police.

Update from the food front

ImageProtest against Patents on Life in Munich, GM activist goes to jail, field liberations in Germany and Spain, GM free zones on the move in Europe, dangerous GMO policy changes in Brussels and A SEED is making some plans in the meantime.

French ‘Voluntary Reapers’ remove 70 GM vines

In the night of Saturday, August 14 to Sunday, August 15, sixty Faucheur Volontaires 'neutralized' about 70 GM-vines, that is they stopped these plants from growing by pulling them out. The GM-vines were grown in test plots in the open near Colmar in France.

Petition to support the French 'Faucheur Volontaires' in their fight against GM crops: http://lapetition.be/en-ligne/petition-7980.html

dag 9 en 10: tot slot de polders

donderdag 11 en vrijdag 12 augustus

Ook de Noord-Oostpolder werd aangedaan door de toer. Dezelfde
constatering bleek steeds opnieuw onder boeren. De naderende dreiging
is onbekend, net als de gevolgen die daarmee samenhangen.

Via Enkhuizen aan de andere kant van het IJselmeer werd de tocht
afgesloten in Lelystad waar een petitie werd overhandigd aan de
Commissaris van de Koningin van Flevoland. Deze provincie speelt een
belangrijke rol in de Nederlandse voedselvoorziening. De
Noord-Oostpolder bijvoorbeeld ontstond om een zelfvoorzienende landbouw
te kunnen ontwikkelen. De regio bestaat daarom ook voornamelijk uit
landbouwareaal. Genoeg reden dus om voorzichtig te zijn met het
toelaten van een nieuwe technologie die voor grote problemen zorgt in
andere delen van de wereld op zowel economisch, ecologisch en

GMO Catastrophe in the USA. A Lesson for the World?

Image Recently the unelected potentates of the EU Commission in Brussels have sought to override what has repeatedly been shown to be the overwhelming opposition of the European Union population to the spread of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in EU agriculture. As well, the Chinese government has indicated it may approve a variety of GMO rice. Before things get too far along, they would do well to take a closer look at the world GMO test lab, the USA. There GMO crops are anything but beneficial. Just the opposite, writes William Engdahl on Globalresearch.ca 

dag 8: Nijpels geeft niet thuis in Friesland

woensdag 10 augustus

Net als in Harlingen stond de groep in Leeuwarden in eerste instantie
ook voor een dichte deur omdat de Commisaris van de Koningin, Nijpels,
om ‘agenda-technische redenen’ de petitie niet aan kon nemen. De
activisten lieten zich hier niet door uit het veld slaan en gingen na
het informeren van het publiek door straattheater naar het
Provinciehuis waar zij hun petitie aan de voordeur spijkerden. Net
zoals gentech niet te stoppen is, kan ook het verzet ertegen niet
zomaar tegengehouden worden.

More than 1 million for GM facts not crops

The AVAAZ petition for an EU moratorium on GM crops reached the goal of one million signatures on September 29, 2010. Now it will be delivered to the European Commission and the call for a moratorium will be lodged. More information about the delivery will be posted soon on the AVAAZ website. To increase the pressure on the EC AVAAZ continues collecting signatures and has set a new target: 1.5 million.

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