Activists inspect GM maize in Blitterswijck

Last saturday 22nd of July, 15 activists of XminY and Aseed held a public action at the field with genetically modified maize in Blitterswijck in the south of The Netherlands. The purpose of the inspection was to investigate the correctness of the information regarding the field trial given by the authorities and the research institute. The civil inspectors also took soil samples and provided information to the local villagers.

measuring the distance between gm- and receptor field
Gentech overboord! – alle verslagen van de actiezeiltocht over de Waddenzee

Van 3 t/m 15 augustus 2005 heeft een groep activisten een tocht gemaakt langs de noordelijke provincies om gemeenten en boeren op te roepen hun regio gentechvrij te verklaren. De tocht bracht hen langs Den Helder, Texel, Terschelling, Harlingen, Leeuwarden, Emmeloord, Enkhuizen en Lelystad. Lees alle verslagen en bekijk de … verder lezen

Workshop at 2.Dh5 on GMO resistance in the Netherlands

2dh5-2012During the political festival 2.Dh5 ASEED will give a short update on the cultivation of GM crops in The Netherlands, with a specific focus on potatoes, the universities and chemical companies with their GM potato field trials, aaaaand the resistance side of the story,… the history still to be written..!
We would like to get feedback about our concrete action plans, and on building up a GMO resistance movement in the Netherlands.

Inspection Group reveals Monsanto’s agenda

ImageNovember 2nd 2010, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands – Today around thirty climate conscious citizens paid a visit to the main premises of international agri-chemical giant Monsanto in the Netherlands. The aim was to find clues about the company's hidden agenda. Their suspicions were aroused by the company's new claims to feed and fuel the world, which somehow do not match Monsanto’s current atrocious human rights and environmental record.

Picture report action “GMOs off the field!”

In addition to the report you can find here more pictures of the action 'GMOs off the field!' at the field with GM-mais near Drimmelen and Hooge Zwaluwe in the western part of the Dutch province Noord Brabant.
The caption with the pictures is in Dutch.

Succesfull sticker action ‘GM chips won’t touch my lips’ continues

Hundreds of stickers with the message “I don’t eat GM chips” have been spread throughout The Netherlands between September 29 and October 7. The sticker action week against GM potatoes took place parallel to the annual Week of Taste, which’ central theme this year was the potato. Concerned citizens and activists put the protest stickers on landposts and such in the vicinities of snackbars, supermarkets, trial fields with genetically modified potatoes. Even the WUR agriculture university in Wageningen was not spared. Apparently the GE projects of BASF and WUR leave not only us with sour taste and many do not hide their resentment. But unfortunately the message has not came across well yet, as the most recent permit for even more BASF field trials for 2013 illustrate. So GM protests go on and we call everybody to join our sticker and protest card action “GM chips won’t touch my lips”. Continue reading to find out how, and where.

Support GMO activists at their court case

 On May 29, 2011, hundreds of activists partly neutralized a field with genetically engineered potatoes in Wetteren, Flanders. On May 8, the trial starts against the “11 of Wetteren”, suspects selected by the Belgian public prosecutor from the nearly 500 participants in the action. Besides weeding potato plants, they are also accused of ‘forming a gang’ (criminal association). The Belgian Field Liberation Movement (FLM) expresses the view that it actually concerns a “good deed union”, and invites all supporters to declare being a member of the’ benevolent gang’.

‘Sowing the future’ for a GMO free agriculture

In October 8 biodynamic (BD) farmers spread over the Netherlands invite people to come to their farm during the weekend to sow winter wheat. With these seed sowing activities the Netherlands is the 12th country to join the international project ‘Sowing the future’, subtitled ‘Keep agriculture GMO free’.

GMO aardappelrechtszaak en burgerinspectie Biotech Valley Gent


[article so far only available in Dutch]
Op dinsdag 8 mei jongstleden begon in de rechtbank van Dendermonde (Belgie) het proces tegen elf aardappelactivisten die deelnamen aan de ‘aardappelruilactie’ van de FLM (Field Liberation Movement) in mei vorig jaar. Bij die actie trokken 400 demonstranten uit verschillende landen op naar een proefveld met genetisch gemanipuleerde aardappelen om ze te verwisselen met een biologisch alternatief. Op 9 mei zette de FLM haar acties weer voort. Ze organiseerde een burgerinspectie van de Biotechvalley in Zwijnaarde (Gent). Al wandelend door het industriepark inspecteerde de FLM met ongeveer 100 deelnemers onder meer de veldproef met genetisch gewijzigde populieren van het Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB), de serres van Bayer Crop Science en de samenwerking van het VIB en de UGent met BASF Plant Science.


Successful blockade of Monsanto in The Netherlands

ImageOn May 17 2010 about 40 persons of the action group 'Roundup Monsanto' blocked both gates of the Monsanto seed company in Bergschenhoek (near Rotterdam). 'Roundup Monsanto' wants Monsanto to back out of the seed market, and demand an end to patents on seeds and living organisms. Monsanto and other agro-chemical multinationals are lobbying the Dutch government and the EU for legislative changes that would make it easier for large companies to take control of the seed market and food production.[1] The blockade took place at the former De Ruiter Seeds, acquired by Monsanto in 2008, where research laboratories, offices, greenhouses, and a central storage for seeds and seedlings are to be found.

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