Gene Seeks Farmer: film- & debate tour

This Saturday A SEEDs new documentary "Gene Seeks Farmer" was presented in the Balie, Amsterdam. After there was a good debate, with panel members Michel Haring, Krista van Velzen, Maaike Raaijmakers en … verder lezen

3th meeting for the free use of seeds

For the conservation of diversity of food crops and common property
May 19 and 20, 2007 in Halle/Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

text taken from the Longo Mai newsletter, edition March 2007. Not likely that you can find this report in English.

Het idee voor een bijeenkomst in Halle over de betekenis van soortenrijkdom en het gevaar dat zaad, een belangrijke bron van leven, wordt geprivatiseerd, is ontstaan door de ontmoetingen van mensen uit de Longo Maï-coöperaties Hof Ulenkrug in Duitsland, Hof Stopar in Oostenrijk en de Mas de Granier, Treynas en Grange neuve in Frankrijk met het netwerk "Reseau semences paysannes", de vereniging Kokopelli en meerdere initiatiefnemers in Oost-Europa.… verder lezen

Agro-Active in a Changing Climate

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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Locations Dutch Field Trials 2008

This year there have been a lot of applications and approvals for potato and maize field trial permissions. On the website of VROM , the Dutch Ministry of Environment, you can see in which municipalities those field trials are. (Click on “Locaties Veldproeven”)

An overview of the locations of the field trial applications in 2008 with maize you can see on the website of Greenpeace.
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Debate on genetic manipulation in agriculture: Blessing or Nightmare?

Image Debate in Assen, 2nd of June, 19h30, Assen (de Schalm). (info in dutch:)
In Assen organiseren SP Drenthe, D66 in Drenthe, Natuur en milieugroep Midden Drenthe en L.T.O. noord een debat over genetische manipulatie in de landbouw op maandag 2 juni . Sprekers zijn: Jan Mulder (VVD Europarlementariër), Krista van Velzen (SP Tweede kamerlid), Michel Haring (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Peter Bruinenberg (AVEBE), Maaike Raaijmakers (Biologica) en Jan Storms. De avond begint om 19u30 (deuren open vanaf 19h) in de Schalm. De documentaire "Gen Zoekt Boer" wordt vertoond, en er is een gastoptreden van Wieteke van Dort met harpmuziek van Mona Moog. … verder lezen

Eternal Mash, 29 mei

ode to the crop

At the 29th of May at 22.50 p.m. the documentary Eternal Mash (Catherine van Campen) will be broadcasted on Dutch public television (Ned2). At the same time the movie is broadcasted there will be an international convention on biological diversity in Bonn (Germany). More than 5,000 delegates from all over the world will visit Bonn to discuss the protection and the preservation of species and habitats, a sustainable use of biological diversity as well as a fair distribution of access and exploitation.
The importance of preservation of species is Ruurd his message as well.
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Direct resistance against GMO-fields in Germany

So far, 7 GMO fields have been squatted and the cultivation of at least 3 other fields have been prevented by destruction, sabotage and public protests this year. It looks like the German anti-GMO-movement is on the upswing.
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Debate on genetic manipulation in agriculture: Blessing or Nightmare?

Image Debate in Assen, 2nd of June, 19h30, Assen (de Schalm). (info in dutch:)
In Assen organiseren SP Drenthe, D66 in Drenthe, Natuur en milieugroep Midden Drenthe en L.T.O. noord een debat over genetische manipulatie in de landbouw op maandag 2 juni . Sprekers zijn: Jan Mulder (VVD Europarlementariër), Krista van Velzen (SP Tweede kamerlid), Michel Haring (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Peter Bruinenberg (AVEBE), Maaike Raaijmakers (Biologica) en Jan Storms. De avond begint om 19u30 (deuren open vanaf 19h) in de Schalm. De documentaire "Gen Zoekt Boer" wordt vertoond, en er is een gastoptreden van Wieteke van Dort met harpmuziek van Mona Moog. … verder lezen

Eternal Mash, 29 mei

ode to the crop

At the 29th of May at 22.50 p.m. the documentary Eternal Mash (Catherine van Campen) will be broadcasted on Dutch public television (Ned2). At the same time the movie is broadcasted there will be an international convention on biological diversity in Bonn (Germany). More than 5,000 delegates from all over the world will visit Bonn to discuss the protection and the preservation of species and habitats, a sustainable use of biological diversity as well as a fair distribution of access and exploitation.
The importance of preservation of species is Ruurd his message as well.
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Common Ground in Bulgaria

In July 2004 an international meeting on food and farming took place in
Bulgaria. The aim of this event was to network,
inspire, share experiences, be challenged and find a ‘common ground’
amongst environmentalists, farmers and activists from across Europe.
And we succeded in this quite well. Read more in the report on this
site about the meeting and the action we did in Plovdiv to get
attention for the dangers with the new Bulgarian law on GMOs.
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