19-27 June: Bike Caravan against GMOs
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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….… verder lezen

SEEDmail #12 – summer 2010
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June 2010: Hello, welcome to a shining new summer season surfing the oily waves, here is the one and only SEEDMAIL, spilling the ASEED beans.

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Growing Opposition to Round Table on Responsible Soy
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ImageHere you find an open letter signed by over 240 organisations. The article is also useful as a summary or update about the problems related to the massive soy production for the European meat industry

June 7 2010 – The undersigned organisations reject the “responsible” label for soy developed by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). The attempts by the Round Table on Responsible Soy to greenwash large scale genetically modified (GM) soy production by labelling it as “responsible” will aggravate the problems caused by industrial soy production, instead of providing solutions. [1]verder lezen

European Food Declaration launched
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 – Call for a healthy, sustainable, fair and mutually supportive Common Agriculture and Food policy –

Brussels, March 16 – On the eve of a European Parliament hearing which will debate the future of Europe’s agriculture policy a broad alliance of European, national and local civil society organisations concerned with the future of food and agriculture in Europe, are today launching a ‘European food declaration’ to mobilise European citizens and authorities to reshape the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). See www.europeanfooddeclaration.org for the full declaration and the list of 187 initial signatories from European countries, including A SEED Europe.
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Growing degrowth
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Agriculture and the degrowth movement

Bad labour conditions, unsustainable production processes, overconsumption and the conflict between need and greed are world wide seen as serious problems. One of the aspects of the degrowth movement is that it tries to work on alternative economic models and ways to organise society to solve some of those problems. Downscaling of production and consumption are presented as one of the solutions. This principle also applies to production and consumption of food and other agricultural products.
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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.… verder lezen

Cyber action: write the EU-ministers about crucial GMO issues
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Support national bans and against approval of 2 maize varieties
Crucial decisions are pending at the European Union’s level regarding the cultivation of genetically modified crops, which will have significant consequences for the future of our food, our health and the environment. The European Commission had proposed to force Austria, Hungary, France and Greece to lift safeguard measures they put in effect against Monsanto maize MON 810, the only GM crop currently allowed for cultivation in the EU. The European Commission also proposes to approve the cultivation of two GM maize crops (Syngenta Bt11 and Pioneer 1507). This would be the first approvals of the cultivation of a genetically modified crop in Europe since 1998.

Tell the Dutch Environment Minister Cramer, Agriculture Minister Verburg, and Health Minister Klink to vote against these proposals of the European Commission. You can also write other EU-ministers or collect signatures. Join in the cyber action!… verder lezen

Banner Action at GM Soy Conference
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Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!

Amsterdam – Today, Image 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.… verder lezen

Banner Action at GM Soy Conference
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Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!

Amsterdam – Today, Image 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.… verder lezen

Banner Action at GM Soy Conference
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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.
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