The Dutch critical news and info site on GMOs in agriculture and consumer goods has restarted publishing news items after a few months break due to funding problems of the site. The problems have not been solved, but there is some moeny to continue for a few months new. The gentech.nl team did not want to continue their news pauze because there is practically no Dutch alternative.
And released again!!
The bee-keeper Michael Grolm is the first ‘liberator’ of a gmo-field who went to jail in Germany because of his action. When he gave himself in on Thursday August 27 2009 he was accompanied by 200 anti-gm-activists, many bee-keepers and 10 tractors. After his release after 27 days in jail he Michael reponded: “Politicians can capture GM-opposants, but they can’t capture the gm pollen. By taking hostage activists the anti-gmo movement is only made stronger.” In the meanwhile another gm-activist has been send to jail because of a field liberation: Christian Pratz. On the website from Gendreck-Weg! you can find out how you can support him.
The last few months GENTECH.NL, the Dutch critical news and info site on GMOs in agriculture and consumer goods, published news items on topics like fields trials in the Netherlands, the certification proecess of 'responsible' soy, criticism from concerned scientists in Europe, and more. Also the agenda and the petitions sections have been updated. If you have suggestions for items or relevant press releases, you are welcome to e-mail to gentech.nl AT aseed.net. New items since May 2009:
Land reforms! NO Steakholder Conferences!
Amsterdam – Today, 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.
In the Dutch town Nijmegen a new initiative against GE in our food has been launched: Citizens for GMO-free food. This Platform for critical consumers (and companies) wants to make a powerful statement towards to municipal council: “We want a GMO free Nijmegen!!” Therefore the group set up a petition, … verder lezen
Since the last update GENTECH.NL, the Dutch critical news and info site on GMOs in agriculture and consumer goods, published news items on the Benbrook study which showed an increase in pesticide use related to GE crops, contamination troubles for rice, soy and flex, the carefully pro-GMO orchestrated GMO Conference 2009 in The Hague, and last but not least, the new GMO free labels showing up in Europe. All to gentech.nl AT aseed.net. New items since May 2009:
About 60 persons attended the Dutch conference about gmo-free zones that took place in the venue Boerderij Mereveld in Utrecht on February 4. The event, organised by Greenpeace Netherlands, organic chain representative Biologica, and A SEED, informed about the opportunities and limitations for creating gmo-free zones in the Netherlands. Participants formed a varied group consisting of farmers, provincial politicans, policy makers, activists, and concerned citizens.
December 15, 2009 – The winner of the Angry Mermaid Award 2009 for worst corporate climate lobbyist in Copenhagen is biotech giant Monsanto with 37 per cent of the total vote. Award-winning writer and journalist Naomi Klein announced the news at the UN climate talks in the Danish capital . Agriculture giant Monsanto was nominated for promoting its genetically modified (GM) crops as a solution to climate change and pushing for its crops to be used as biofuels. The expansion of GM soy in Latin America is contributing to major deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.