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Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!

ImageAmsterdam – On the 9th of December (2008) 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.

Sign petition against Toxic Soy
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ImageAn Appeal to Solidarid and the World Wildlife Fund to stop the poisonous genetic modified soy

The nature protection organisation WWF and the Dutch development organisation Solidaridad are still continuing with the Round Table on Responsible Soy. This is not as positive as it sounds.

Actions to stop Straathofs mega pigstables
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Guerrilla Gardening in the Dutch Betuwe: Animal industry equals animal suffering, climate disaster, and deforrestation. Friday April 17, 2009 – 40 activists of the group ‘Stop Straathof’ made a vegetable garden on the terrain where agro-industrialist Straathof plans to expand one of his many pig farms. The action was a … verder lezen

Toxic-soy action at WWF in the Netherlands
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ImageTuesday 19 May, 2009 –  Today, the head office of WWF-Netherlands received some extraordinary visitors, including a weeping panda, a Monsanto circus director, and various people in white overalls spraying "Roundup". The action is a protest on the occasion of the upcoming vote of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), on 28 May in Campinas (Brazil). This forum will allow GM RoundupReady soy to be certified as 'responsible', while in reality, this soy is responsible for massive use of pesticides as well as deforestation and driving small farmers from their lands.

A SEED on tour along mega pig stables
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In june 2009 ASEED Europe and the German organisation Nandu have visited a large number of locations where local residents have organised themselves against the construction of mega pig stalls. Most dates on the tour featured an information meeting and a street event. But also the informal exchange of information, … verder lezen

Pig Tour – reports from the tour-stops
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ImageThis page offers a short report of every stop that we made on the pig tour that A SEED organised in June 2009. A report in German can be found on the website of Nandu, our German partner in this project.
Later, we will publish a more substantial analysis on this website of what we experienced and saw during the many visits we paid to local action groups that are protesting against the pig farms. We can also get cracking with the new video-letters concerning the situation here in Europe: there’s plenty to do! Keep an eye on A SEED’s website for updates on the campaign against huge farms.

Activists closed meat department supermarket
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A group of 40 people from the climate action camp in Antwerpen closed the meat department in the Delhaize supermarket on the Meir. 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 … verder lezen

Stop Dutch support toxic GM soy greenwash
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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. 

Agro-Active in a Changing Climate
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ImageIn 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.

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