GMO Free Poland. Ethical Aspects of Attempts to Introduce GMOs into Polish Agriculture.
The Coalition for a GMO Free Poland, which is represented by 186 organisations and key individuals (and initiated by ICPPC Dec 2007), is cordially inviting you to Jasna Gora, Czestochowa, Poland on April 24, 2008 (Thursday) for a prayer meeting followed by the conference "GMO Free Poland. Ethical Aspects of Attempts to Introduce GMOs into Polish Agriculture."
Chair: Father Stanisław Jaromi, Ph. D. in Philosophy, order of Saint Francis,
President of the Ecological Movement in Honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (REFA)
11:00-12:00 Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Miraculous Painting of Our Lady. The Mass will be held for "A GMO Free Poland"; we will be asking the Mother Mary for her support in all the actions of the GMO Free Poland Coalition, which is concerned for the well-being of humans and the environment.
After the Mass will move to the Papal Room to have a conference there.
12:15-12:25 - Opening of the conference/ welcoming remarks- Marek Kubara, Ph. D. on behalf of the GMO Free Poland Coalition
12:25-12:45 - " Ethical ways to manage our planet Earth." - Father Jerzy Kielech, Ph. D., Jasna Gora Convent
12:45-13:00 - "Why NO to GMO in agricultural circles" - Professor Magdalena Jaworska, Chair of the Department of Agri-Environmental Protection, Agricultural University of Kraków
13:00-13:15 - "Genetically Modified Organisms: The Threat to Human Life and Health." - Zbigniew Hałat, Ph. D., medical doctor, epidemiologist Medical Consumer Center
13:15-13:30 - "Local governments and GMOs" - Maria Malinowska - representative of the local parliament of the Malopolska region.
13:30-14:15 lunch break; traditional, ecological cuisine supplied by farmers
14:15-14:30 - "Genetic Manipulation as a New Sin?" - father Stanisław Jaromi, Ph. D., President of the Ecological Movement in Honor of Saint Francis of Assisi
14:30-14:45 - "GMO - A Serious Ethical Problem in the History of Science" - Prof. Stanisław Wiackowski
14:45-15:00 - "GMO as Threat to Traditional Farmer and Family" - Edyta Jaroszewska, farmer, EKOLAND association and Danuta Pilarska president of the National Union of Ecological Farmers in Honor of Saint Francis.
15.00-15:10 - Prayer for God's Mercy - facilitated by Waldemar Caboń, Vice-President of the National Union of Ecological Farmers in Honor of Saint Francis.
15:10-15:40 - "Genetically Modified Seeds: Global Threat to Farmers' Independence" - Sir Julian Rose, farmer, president of the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside - ICPPC (translation will be provided)
15:40-15:55 - "GMO Free Poland, Challenges and Perspectives. Open Letter" Paweł Połanecki, independent expert of the Coalition for a GMO Free Poland.
15:55-16:45 - Proposal of 10 year MORATORIUM on GMOs in Poland and the
whole European Union. Discussion. - moderator Jadwiga Łopata, recipient of Goldman Award, ICPPC; and Marek Kryda, Ph. D., Coaltion for a GMO Free Poland.
16:45-17:00 Concluding remarks/Prayer - Father Stanisław Jaromi OFMConv