EU governments giving biotech companies final say about national bans

EU governments giving biotech companies final say about national bans

Europe’s environment ministers are working on a new law about the national ban for GM crops. The movement for a GM free Europe has demanded better rights for regional or national bans for many years. But the current proposal discussed amongst national governments would open the floodgates for GM crops.

First, the proposal gives biotech companies the power to decide whether a national ban is permitted or not. If it decides it is not, the member state that wants to ban a crop has to come up with specific arguments. It is not sure whether those arguments will hold in court.

Second, if this proposal on national bans is agreed, it could give a signal to the European Commission to allow more GM crops to be grown. Whilst a number of countries would indeed ban the GM crops, others will not. The area grown with GM crops in Europe would increase. For the first time we would see herbicide-tolerant GM crops on the field.

Without extra measures, this will endanger our ability to maintain GM-free seeds, food and feed as contamination spreads across boundaries. Mandatory anti-contamination measures are therefore essential, backed up with strict and clear liability. This proposal is unacceptable. The option in the proposal that gives biotech companies a role in decision of governments to restrict the cultivation of a GM crops should be deleted. Governments should insist with the Commission that GM crops like Pioneer's 1507 maize are not wanted.

See here for the last draft proposal: http://www.stopthecrop.org/sites/default/files/optout_25_march_version_0.pdf
source: http://www.corporateeurope.org

Feeding the Future - London April 14 2014

ICPPC directors Sir Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata are taking part in a protest at the UK Ministry of Agriculture in London. 'Feeding the Future' is the title of the demonstration by farmers, farm workers and concerned citizens to take place outside the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, London on the 17th April 2014.

The protest is organised by the UK Land Workers Alliance and is part of wider international actions to highlight the importance of small, medium sized and peasant farms throughout Europe and beyond.

Jadwiga Lopata and Julian Rose will be carrying placards calling for an end to discrimination against family farms that supply their local communities with farm-fresh healthy foods.

At present UK, US and most European governmental agricultural policies emphasize the importance of large scale monocultural and agrichemically dependent production systems that deplete the fertility of the land, the quality of crops and the nutritional value of foods purchased throughout the World.

The protest on 17th April will demand a new emphasis: support for traditional and organic family farming enterprises that are the backbone of national and international food security.

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GMO and vaccines

GMO and vaccines – how Monsanto, U.S. ARMY, the founder of Microsoft, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation want to save the world. PAX – VAX , namely a pact with the devil.

GMO and vaccines – how Monsanto, U.S. ARMY, the founder of Microsoft, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation want to save the world. PAX – VAX , namely a pact with the devil.

Australia – do not let it happen … Read more:

Young farmers unite to help Somerset flood struggle

Young farmers have been working flat out to keep flood-devastated farmers in the South West supplied with enough feed for their livestock.

Regional young farmers’ clubs have given tremendous support to a national effort to back the Forage Aid appeal, which aims to supply hay, straw and other fodder crops and cash donations to farmers in Somerset.

http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/18/02/2014/143336/young-farmers-unite-to-help-somerset-flood-struggle.htm

About Us

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ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside - is a leading voice in raising public awareness of the importance of the small family farm in creating an ecologically sensitive, long-term solution to the countryside, which avoids the destructive consequences of CAP policies. ICPPC is non-governmental organization and co-operates with all who want to promote and protect the Polish countryside's natural and cultural biodiversity.

ICPPC was initiated by 41 organisations from 18 countries in 2000. Its founder and Vice President is Jadwiga Lopata and the President is Sir Julian Rose.

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The Right To Farm Organically

Australian Farmer Fights Monsanto in Landmark Seed Contamination Suit

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Across the globe, farmers who choose to plant non-genetically modified seed instead of patented seed varieties from the agro-chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and BASF, are being forced out of business by the burden and costs of fighting seed patent lawsuits.

 Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/01/10/australian-farmer-fights-monsanto/

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