43 Days after departure in Berlin the ‘GMO-free Hiking’ tour reached its goal and destinaton on July 30: Brussels. Hannes Lorenzen, spokesperson on argiculture and rural development in the European Parliament, received 35,000 Signatures from Joseph Wilhelm, the initiator of the march, organic entrepreneur and farmer Joseph Wilhelm. These were collected during the 6 weeks of the Genfrei Gehen-march only, to voice a widely supported call for a GMO-free world.
10-11-12 September 2009 – Amsterdam – premiere of dance-film-theater play To bio or not to Bio feat. "Percy" and "Lou" in their struggle with "GMO" and "Monsanto". Show is part of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival.
At De Nieuwe Anita, Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, starts at 8:30 PM, tickets 7.50 euros.
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.
A SEED makes participants GMO Conference 2009 jump through hoop
The Hague, 25 November 2009 – During the GMO Conference 2009 the Dutch Minister of Agriculture Verburg received a petition from the Campaign against Toxic Soy, signed by 10.500 people. They call the Dutch government to stop putting development money into the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).
300 representatives from 37 countries, representing formal and informal GMO-free regions, GMO-free initiatives and activists on related issues from all over Europe. Breeders and seed exchangers, farmers, bee-keepers, gmo-free traders, processors and retailers as well as consumers, critical scientists and environmental activists have met in the conference. The participants critically discussed the new GMO policy of the European Union, which was presented to them by EU Commissioner John Dalli.
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….
On 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.
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.
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