GMO Act: Polish parliament debate

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your superb support, which, in combination with Polish efforts, led to more than 40 parliamentarians raising critical questions about the planned new GMO Act during the parliamentary reading and debate on 16th December. This was enough to force the debate to be prolonged into February 2010. At that point it will have to go through both the agricultural and environment committees, both of which will have to ratify the act for it to become law.

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‘Best Anti GMO Poster’ competition

Dear Friends, Here’s the winner of ICPPC’s ‘ Best Anti GMO Poster’ competition launched in Poland around 2 months ago. It surely IS a winner!

So congratulations to Grupa Artystyczna Zawleczka www.zawleczka.com.pl for coming up with a design which will be instantly recognisable anywhere in the world.

!!!!Why not spread it around as far and wide as possible, over the internet, as a poster, flyer or however you feel inclined to use it. But please add a note: "The winner of ICPPC's 'Best Anti GMO Poster' competition launched in Poland www.gmo.icppc.pl ; The author: Grupa Artystyczna Zawleczka www.zawleczka.com.pl"

We urgently need to make others aware that by using or accepting GMO we are putting our heads - and the heads of future generations - in a noose.

Genetically modified Seeds - Global Threat to Farmer Independence

Julian Rose -
Krakow GM conference, October 16th 2008

Seeds are the first expression of life - and the first link in the food chain. Whoever controls seeds controls the food chain and therefore controls the eating habits of entire nations right across the globe. Controlling eating habits, by extension, also means manipulating the physical, mental and spiritual health of mankind as a whole.

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International Resistance to the the Modification and Control of Life

Resistance comes in three shades: passive, occasionally active and active.
The corporate and political powers who aim to take a controlling influence over the food chain count on the majority of civil resistance being of a passive ‘dumbed down’ nature. They can tolerate a certain amount of ‘occasionally active’ interference in their master plan, but they do not tolerate genuinely active resistance. So those of us who hammer continuously on genetically modified corporate doors are monitored, harassed and generally marginalised by the prevailing ’status quo’ and its media poodles.

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Saving the seeds of hoper - banning the seeds of despair

I thank you for the opportunity of speaking on this special occasion.

There could hardly be a more important issue confronting not just farmers, but the whole of society, than the subject of this meeting: how to grow adequate food and produce adequate energy without the aid of rapidly diminishing and highly polluting fossil fuels. And the reason why it is so important is because: this is not a concern for the future -it is the reality at this very moment. The transition from a 250 year old fossil fuel powered society to a genuinely sustainable renewable energy fuelled society is to be achieved in less than 25 years -if we are to avoid an ultimate meltdown of most of what sustains our present planetary ecology. That is not my prognosis but the increasingly broadcast view of the majority of professional climatologists from all around the world.

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World Farmers Congress 2008

An international bi-annual event entitled "World Farmers Congress" is being held in Warsaw and surrounds 30 May to 7 June 2008. Neither ICPPC nor the Coalition for a GMO Free Poland have been invited.

Who is behind this event?

Two organisations have their names prominently featured: The International Federation of Agricultural Producers (FIPA) and The National Union of Farmers, Circles and Agricultural Organisations (KR). Both these organisations support mainstream, agrichemical/GMO farming practices and trading commodities on the global "free" market. The programme, which can be accessed on Google (type in world farmers congress) includes a presentation from Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank; Crawford Falconer, chairman of the Agricultural Negotiations Committee of the World Trade Association and Donald Tusk.

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