INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO PROTECT THE POLISH COUNTRYSIDE

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A FEW LETTERS FROM OUR PARTNERS:


GM Crops Must be Banned Now

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho warns that further indulgence in GMOs will severely damage our chances of surviving the food crisis and global warming; organic agriculture and localised food systems are the way forward

read the article

ISIS Press Release 04/06/08

Ban GMOs Now

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Dr. Mae-Wan Ho warns that further indulgence in GMOs will severely damage our chances of surviving the food crisis and global warming; organic agriculture and localised food systems are the way forward

Invited lecture at conference on TRADITIONAL SEEDS OUR NATIONAL TREASURE AND HERITAGE -Traditional and Organic Agriculture instead of GMO, 17 May 2008, Bewelder, Warsaw, Poland

The Brave New World of GM Science

In 1994, I met some of the most remarkable leaders in the Third World: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher (Institute of Sustainable Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Martin Khor (Third World Network, Penang, Malaysia), and Vandana Shiva (Navdanya, New Delhi, India), who persuaded me to look into genetically modified organisms (GMOs), especially GM crops, which they rightly saw as a special threat to small family farmers. The biotech industry was promising miracle GM crops that would boost yield to feed the world, improve nutrition, and clean up and protect the environment. Monsanto's Flavr Savr tomato, the first GM crop, had just been commercialised, though it turned out to be a complete flop, and was withdrawn several years later..

The biotech industry's aggressive campaign of disinformation and manipulation of science did nothing to obscure the signs that the dream would soon turn into nightmare; and I said so in my book first published in 1997/1998 [1] Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare, the Brave New World of Bad Science and Big Business, which became an international bestseller, translated into many languages, and recently reprinted with an extended introduction to coincide with its translation into Indonesian. Everything predicted in that book has happened. It also explained why the science behind GM is obsolete; a story elaborated further in Living with the Fluid Genome [2] published in 2003.

Genetic modification based on an obsolete theory and hence ineffective and dangerous

Genetic engineering of plants and animals began in the mid 1970s in the belief that the genome (the totality of all the genetic material of a species) is constant and static, and that the characteristics of organism are simply hardwired in their genome. But geneticists soon discovered that the genome is remarkably dynamic and 'fluid', and constantly in conversation with the environment. This determines which genes are turned on, when, where, by how much and for how long. Moreover, the genetic material itself could also be marked or changed according to experience, and the influence passed on to the next generation.

The best thing about the human genome project is to finally explode the myth of genetic determinism, revealing the layers of molecular complexity that transmit, interpret and rewrite the genetic texts [3] (Life Beyond the Central Dogma series, SiS 24). These processes are precisely orchestrated and finely tuned by the organism as a whole, in a highly coordinated molecular 'dance of life' that's necessary for survival.

In contrast, genetic engineering in the laboratory is crude, imprecise and invasive. The rogue genes inserted into a genome to make a GMO could land anywhere; typically in a rearranged or defective form, scrambling and mutating the host genome, and have the tendency to move or rearrange further once inserted, basically because they do not know the dance of life. That's ultimately why genetic modification doesn't work and is also dangerous.

Source: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/banGMOsNow.php


Below an open letter of CPE-COAG to the European Commission about the consultation on the European legislation concerning the marketing of seeds


POLAND - a guinea pig?

Stanislaw Wiackowski

The activities of big biotechnological concerns aim at gaining control over the food production and farmers, including the Polish farmers, and subordinating them to their commercial objectives.

Dangerous GM soy

The biotechnological industry makes the highest profit on GM soy, which has driven the branches of agriculture, which have been important so far, e.g. the production of cattle, milk and diary, crops as well as orchards and various branches of horticulture. This has been accompanied by massive social tragedies and bankruptcies of small firms and farms. Hundreds of farmers had to move to slums in big cities. If the world demand for soy decreases, and it is very likely to happen in the U.S.A., Brazil or Paraguay, it will cause a real catastrophe. The decrease is caused by lower prices in international markets, constant growth of production costs, transport and energy, drought, mycotic diseases, massive growth of super weeds and super pests. No wonder that the countries that are interested in selling GM soy exert great influence on the EU.

Influence on the EU

They use many false arguments, e.g. difficulties in buying more expensive unmodified soy, the threat to cattle breeders because of the lack of soy as a valuable ingredient of feedstuff, which can lead to liquidation of the animals. Some are afraid of the lack of soy because China can buy it out. These are false arguments. We have genetically modified soy and it can be bought without any difficulty. Paraguay has 20% of the soy and Brazil has 60%. Although China imports soy but not for feedstuff but for growing. Being aware of the boom for soy China has planned soy production on a large scale since 2003. Considering the low labour cost in China its soy will be surely cheaper than the soy produced in both Americas. The cost of soy production in Ukraine or the EU countries with warm climates, e.g. in Romania or Greece, should be even lower due to the low cost of transport.

Profit before ethics?

We often hear the argument about the lack of research that would justify our keeping away from GMO. It is the producer, and not the customer, that is responsible for the quality of his products. However, the biggest biotechnological giant Monsanto, whose worth is estimated to be over 73 billion dollars, claims that its aim is profit and not ethics, and because of that he has neglected the obligatory tests, conducting only pilot studies, which cannot be regarded as sufficient in any case. At the same time this firm uses huge means to corrupt politicians and higher officials. Thus the firm shuts the mouth of all those who would like to inform society on the basis of their own research about the danger of GM plants for people's health, for animals and for the environment. In Indonesia alone, Monsanto spent ca. 700,000 dollars to bribe officials. After this scandal was revealed and the case had been brought into court the firm had to pay one million dollars for infringing the anti-corruption law. In spite of saving money on research the industry was extremely wasteful because it spent immense sums for corrupting the people they needed and not allowing any publications that were unfavourable to the interests of the big concerns. The firm has lost its credibility completely. The initiatives to conduct research have been taken by institutions and independent scientists in spite of them having any special financial means. In the years 2002-2005, in Italy Manuela Malatesta and her collaborators conducted solid research for two years and showed that GM soy given to mice caused serious changes in their liver, pancreas and testicle cells. Other authors had similar results after having fed rats with GM soybeans. In the years 2005-2006, the scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences informed that the rats fed with genetically modified soy had an excessive number of stunted offspring. Over half of them died within three weeks whereas those who survived were completely sterile. Recently, a team of outstanding French biotechnologists directed by Prof. Seralini has proved the toxic effects of MON863 corn, which has been forced in Europe and in Poland, on kidneys and liver. Besides the solid and long standing research one should mention the famous London scientific panel, signed by over 600 scientists from all over the world, and the books 'Seeds of Deception' or 'Genetic Roulette' by Jeffrey Smith, which include hundreds of publications about the negative effects of GM plants on people's health, animals and the environment. Those who have not read these works should not present their opinions on this subject.

The world defends itself against GMO

Because of such information the world is less interested in GM. An increasing number of countries stop using GM soy. Many Italian and French producers of cheese seek GM-free feedstuff. One can observe similar reactions of Austrian and Dutch producers of milk and beef. In Great Britain the poultry in hypermarkets is marked as GM-free. Since September 2006 Poland has imported soy having the certificate 'GMO-free product', as feedstuff for pigs in firms exporting to the German market. In response to the information about the toxic effects of MON863 corn Russia has also closed its market to GM soy. Last year the biggest Russian importers and soy processors 'Sodruzhestwo' and 'Rybflotoprom' declared trade free of GMO. This undermines the claim of the Polish producers of feedstuff that the production based on unmodified ingredients is impossible.

Healthy Polish food

The idea to produce transgenic food in the light of the difficulties with the excess of food produced both in Poland and in the entire European Union is commonly undermined. One cannot allow Poland to be treated as a laboratory and to treat Poles as guinea pigs. Poland has no reason to import, and moreover to produce, GMO, having overproduction of her own, increasingly more praised food. Poland is a region that produces highly tasty foods. The Polish export goes up from 1 to 1/3 every year. It has not been disturbed by the high exchange rate of zloty and the Russian embargo. The number of people who like Polish foods is increasing. The report 'Polish foreign farm and food trade in 2006' says that it was a record year. The export had a 21% increase - to 8.5 billion euros. The important importers of Polish foods include: Germany (16%), Czech Republic (44%), Great Britain (36%), Holland (24%), Italy (33%), China (82%), Ireland (74%) and Lithuania (56%) - the increase in percentage was given in brackets. Russia has fallen to a lower place at her own wish. As a result, the Polish agriculture is experiencing a great success and the less the world is interested in GM the more prosperous the situation could be for us. In this situation the introduction of toxic products in our market and the predatory strange competition for Polish agriculture would be an unimaginable stupidity.

Prof. Dr. Engineer Stanislaw Wiackowski

He is a professor emeritus at Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce. He directed the Chair of Ecology and Environmental Protection; was appointed professor 24 years ago. He has written over 500 scientific and popular works, including 25 books. He was an MP and president of the Parliamentary Commission for Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry. He was delegated to two commissions of the Council of Europe in Strasburg. He was the president of the Parliamentary Club for Ecology and an advisor to the Minister of Environmental Protection.

http://sunday.niedziela.pl/artykul.php?nr=200409&dz=spoleczenstwo&id_art=00093

Very interesting three-part video (from a German TV station) on Youtube. Monsanto, as ever, refused to cooperate or to answer any questions.

The Genetic Conspiracy (1/3) - about Monsanto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joweZ6uM5iY

The Genetic Conspiracy (2/3) - about Monsanto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHobGDHtq4E

The Genetic Conspiracy (3/3) - about Monsanto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SBH88lvlos


From: Gerhard Schröder Koordinator im Arbeitskreis "Ökologie/Gentechnik"
Magdeburg, 06.02.2008

Letter to polish Ministers in Deutsch [*.pdf]


From: "Sabine Groeneveld"

Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:47 AM
Subject: my letter to polish minster of agric. and envirnm.

Dear Jadwiga, attached please find the letter which I sent by fax to both ministers (same letter only personalized address)
Sabine

Letter [*.pdf] [*.doc]


Bt cotton has failed, say farmers [*.jpg]


From: "Mae-Wan Ho"

Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 8:05 PM
Subject: Letter in Support of Poland's GMO Free Status

Letter in Support of Poland's GMO Free Status

I write on behalf of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing critical scientific information to the public and to promoting social accountability and ecological sustainability in science.

We have been monitoring and reviewing extensive scientific literature and empirical evidence on genetically modified (GM) crops and livestock over the past ten years, which strongly suggest that the process of genetic modification may be inherently hazardous. We have also documented how national and international regulators have been ignoring damning evidence against the safety of GM food and feed while colluding with industry to manipulate scientific research to promote GM produce.

The latest example is a research paper given the "Award for Excellence for Most Outstanding Paper in 2004", claiming to show that consumers prefer to buy GM sweet corn over conventional sweet corn. It was exposed to be "flagrant fraud", based on manipulations of the shoppers' preference, not reported in the paper. When evidence of the manipulations emerged, one of the authors, an employee of the Canadian Government, attempted to suppress the evidence, even resorting to threatening legal action in the UK and Ireland. More than 40 scientists have now signed an open letter condemning the incident for bringing science into disrepute and calling on the journal to retract the paper and withdraw the award (see Wormy Corn Paper Must be Retracted).

In June 2007, ISIS joined up with an international panel of independent scientists and Members of the European Parliament to present a full dossier of our evidence to the European Parliament (GM Science Exposed), which documents serious health hazards, adverse environmental impacts as well as violation of farmers' rights. We repeated our call for a Europe-wide and worldwide ban on the further environmental release of GM crops (and livestock) (Scientists and MEPs for a GM free Europe), first presented in 2003, along with a demand on a comprehensive shift to non-GM sustainable agriculture (see The Case for A GM-Free Sustainable World).

GM agriculture has all the shortcomings of industrial monoculture only worse. GM varieties are more genetically uniform and hence more susceptible to disease, pests and climate extremes, they are more dependent on fossil-fuel intensive inputs of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as water. GM crops are clearly a dangerous diversion from the urgent task of making our agriculture and food system sustainable for mitigating climate change as fossil fuels and water are increasingly in short supply.

ISIS has now assembled a powerful report Food Future Now, documenting how organic agriculture and localised sustainable food (and energy) systems have the potential to compensate for all greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity and free us entirely from fossil fuels (http://www.i-sis.org.uk/foodFutures.php).

The evidence of hazards inherent to GM agriculture is succinctly summarised in a scientific paper recently published (GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham, Ho MW, Cummins J and Saunders PT, Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease 2007, 19, 66-77), an online published version of which is enclosed.

Since our briefing in the European Parliament in June, there have been significant moves towards a GM-Free Europe (see GM-Free Europe Beginning?), coinciding with a worldwide rejection of GM agriculture (see No to GMOs, No to GM Science). Poland has been at the forefront of this movement.

Please do not compromise Poland's leading role in this endeavour to save Europe and the world from the disaster that a commitment to GM crops will surely bring, and do not hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance.

To:Minister of Agriculture: Marek Sawicki
Marek.Sawicki@sejm.pl
Ministerstwo Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi ul. Wspolna 30 00-930 Warszawa
tel.: 0048 22 623 15 10 fax: 0048 22 623 17 88

Minister of Environment: Maciej Nowicki
minister.srodowiska@mos.gov.pl
ul. Wawelska 52/54 00-922 Warszawa Tel.: 0048 22 57 92 400, 57 92 222 Fax: 0048 22 57 92 224

From: Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director Institute of Science in Society
www.i-sis.org.uk

GM food nightmare unfolding in the regulatory sham [*.pdf]
Letter to suport Poland's GMO Free Status. [*.doc]

From: "Hans von Essen" (25th January 2008)

Subject: SV: [icppc] POLAND'S GMO FREE STATUS ON THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION BYMINISTER O...

Dear Julian and Jadwiga

Here letters I have written (copy to my colleagues of Associera Agriculture Advisors and to Kathleen McCaughey at Greenpeace)

Hans

TO:


From: Sylvette Escazaux (25th january 2008)

Dear friends,

Here below is my message to both ministers (send today)

Warm hugs
sylvette

Dear Sir,

Poland has been for years a sparkling lighthouse for us, french citizen, as the country best resisting the forced introduction of GMOs into our fields and into our food and animal feed and food.

It took years before our own government acknowledged GMOs dangers and negative impact on agricultural systems, economics, environment, health and ethics. Poland was ahead of us.

But today we hear that you are about to allow GMO's into Poland.

Probably, many GMOs lobbyists came to you to convince you not to implement the ban on GMOs. Probably they used all their skills to lure you into false science : they have done the same things here in France for years. Unfortunately for them, true scientists dared to open their mouth and shattered down all their arguments. The truth about GMOs at last came out. An hideous truth : not only GMOs won't meet the promises they are sold for, but they keep more desillusions and drama in store for us.

We would be so disappointed if, when at last France succeeded in making a decisive step, Poland stepped back and compromised its own agricultural and environmental ressources. Poland has a preserved natural environment which makes it a unique opportunity for developping free-GMO products so raisingly asked for on world market.

Free GMO products are the best chance of Europe on a market already saturated with GMO products which europeans and most of other people don't want at all !

We urge you to implement the ban, for Poland, France and all European countries' sake.

Sincerely yours
Sylvette Escazaux
ATOS-GN3 member

(Social Theefolding promotion network)


From: "S. A." (24th January 2008)

Subject: Please help keeping Poland GMO-free

Dear Minister Sawicki
Dear Minister Srodowiska

I am worried about Mr. Sawickis statements on 21st of January in Brussels concerning GMO in Poland. I herewith urge you to do everything that is in your power to make sure that Poland will stay a GMO Free Country.

The citizens of most european countries do not want GMO, neither in their food (plants, animals) nor in their environment. In a globalized world, the impacts of GMO do not stop on countries' borders. Once in the food chains and ecosystems there is no possibility to ever stop GMO from spreading. Nobody knows what kind of consequences all this artificially produced GMO will have. What if in some years or decades there are thousands of GMO circulating? Who can controll all this?

In Switzerland there are more and more farmers who produce according to ecological principles. And it works well - whitout GMO. Even supermarkets are full with organic products. Every year their turnovers with these products are higher. And prices are about the same as for non-organic products, because there are enough people who buy them, which keeps the prices at a normal level. Thus in Switzerland farmers and supermarkets benefit directly from organic products, an so do citizens.

The ones who will benefit most from GMO are large multinational agro-chemical industries. Old species of e.g. potatoes, maize, cereals - which are perfectly adapted to different producing regions - already are disappearing and becoming extinct. This is an enormous, and above all, an irreversible loss.

It is the duty of democratically elected governments to defend the interests of their citizens against the interests of multinational industrial companies. Austria, Greece and Hungary have all held firm in their commitment to prohibiting specific GMO plants which the commission has stated they must accept. Other Countries, such as Germany, are also moving in the same direction.

I hope that also you will have the courage to stand up against the decree issued by the EU commission that individual member states have no authority to institute a blanket ban of GMO.

Yours sincerely
S. A.

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S. A., (Barcelona) SPAIN


From: "Edith Borie"

Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [icppc] POLAND'S GMO FREE STATUS ON THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION BYMINISTER O...

you may be interested in a copy of the email I sent to the ministers - regards, and good luck! Edith Borie

GMO is not good

Dear Minister Sawicki and Minister Nowicki,

Stavros Dimas, The EU Commissioner for the Environment, has expressed severe reservations concerning GMO. Austria, Greece and Hungary have all held firm in their commitment to prohibiting specific GMO plants which the Commission has stated they must accept. Other countries, such as France and Germany,are also moving in the same direction.

Scientists have recently shown that two varieties of GM (genetically modified) maize (Bt 11 and 1507) developed by the chemical companies Syngenta and Pioneer/Dow have negative impacts on the environment and can cause more damage than previously thought.

I urge you to take these scientific findings into consideration and to ensure that these risky crops, whose real consequences are unpredictable, will not be cultivated commercially in Europe. Such a precautionary approach would be in line with the stance of a growing number of EU Member States that have banned or suspended the cultivation of GMOs.

GMOs frequently have unexpected side effects that are not beneficial even to the farmers who planted them. For example,

  1. Potatoes with altered sugar metabolism have changed levels of many metabolites thought to be independent of sugar breakdown, including amino acids, which showed "massive elevation". Nine substances were found in the transgenic potatoes that could not be detected in the non-manipulated potatoes.
  2. source: U. Roessner et al., in The Plant Cell vol 13, pp. 11-29 (2001)
  3. Plants (Arabidopsis) producing a biodegradable polyester were smaller, often did not produce seeds, and showed severe changes in metabolism. source: K. Bohmert et al., Planta, vol. 211, pp 841-845 (2000))
  4. Herbicide resistant soybean plants were shorter, with less chlorophyll, lower weight, and increased susceptibility to stem splitting at high temperatures.

Also, G. Madill und I. Illuminato wrote in Business Week: "Genetically modified crops have been hailed as a way to make agricultural products safer and more affordable, but they have accomplished neither of these goals. ... One persistent danger lies in the prospect of crops unapproved for human consumption becoming mixed with the food supply. In 2000, Friends of the Earth and other groups discovered an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn on grocery store shelves. StarLink corn, which had been deemed safe only for animal consumption because of human allergen concerns, was showing up in Kraft taco shells. The discovery led to recalls, mill closures, halts in exports, and buybacks of contaminated corn." I cannot believe that this would be differnt in other countries.

Read the whole article: http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2007/12/gmo_crops_a_gro.html

By keeping Poland a GMO Free Country you would be acting in compliance with EU legislative requirements, namely implementing the precautionary principle and respecting the EU's provisions on risk assessment. The majority of European citizens have continuously stated that they do not want GMOs to be grown in Europe.

I expect you and the European Commission to put environmental safety and the health of its citizens before the commercial interests of large corporations and try to keep the EU free of GMO's.

Sincerely yours, Edith Borie


From: Mia (24th January 2008)

Subject: Trans. : contact from France

Dear you all,

I just sent this letter to your minister. You will see I slightly changed it in order to address him directly.
Mia

Dear Mr. Sawicki,

I am afraid you changed your mind about Poland GMO free and want to tell you how disappointed I am.

Are you sure your own people agrees with this decision ? Around the world citizens have their eyes on Poland as they know what courageous choices it has made against lobbyers for years, hearing at conscious people not wanting this desolation of mixed genes, not knowing what it will do to our children's future.

I have such a good feeling thinking there is a country in the center of our Europe free from GMO, where peasants are still in contact with nature, not having become industrials. I see it as a protected island still having real values and working hard to keep a place for veracity and prudence. In France we have some very courageous paysants who struggle hard to prevent our country being invaded.
Thanks to a hunger strike they just finished, president Sarkozy was convinced to condamn the MON 810 maize he would have left open otherwise, although he had just promised in the "Grenelle de l'environnement" to stop GMOs. He also just affirmed he doesn't want the precaution princip to be removed, as it is proposed in a new text.
You politicians, have the chance now to have an active Civil Society telling you what people want because, being called by so many tasks and streams, you can soon forget essential values. This means that such decisions are now not any more left to you alone, as you cannot be completely competent on every specialized matter, and are often not surrounded by persons with no economical interests on the subjects.

This is why I recommend you to hear at your people's representants who have been studying these matters for years and have a humanistic, not an economic point of view.

This is after all, a matter of well living for us, for future generations, and for our earth. A matter of good food, of well being in the countryside, of sake for animals and people.
I do insist that your country keeps in view the aim it had always cherished and hope we will go together in a direction valuable for humanity.

With respect, Mia Boutemy Paris


From: "Peter Lundgren"

Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:34 PM
Subject: Please forward to Minister for agriculture
Re: The growing of GM crops in Poland

Minister

I urge you to enforce the ban on GMO animal feeds and to maintain the moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops.

Two main reasons:

Firstly, having travelled to a number of countries where GM varieties are grown and spent time with the farmers, its obvious that the cultivation of GM crops is not benefiting the growers or the environment. Variable costs of production of GM varieties are increasing to above that of conventional varieties and, at the same time, growers are losing access to profitable export markets. The combined effect of increased production costs and loss of market opportunities has been damaging - as one American farmer said to me " GM? It doesn't do what it says on the tin".

Secondly, the supermarkets in the rest of the EU are very nervous about stocking any products that contain GMOs. Many countries that want assess to the EU markets are aware of this and have ensured that their supply of grains is GM free and that the supply of eggs, dairy products and meat can be guaranteed as derived from animals feed a GM free diet. If Poland adopts the cultivation of GM crops the supermarkets might decide that alternative sources present less of a risk and therefore Poland could lose assess to premium markets in the EU.

It seems to me that Poland is ideally positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities for GM free produce being demanded by consumers in the rest of the EU and I would suggest that to compromise that opportunity at this time would be a criminal loss for Poland's developing agriculture.

Yours
Peter Lundgren


From: Henryk Skolimowski (17th January 2008)

Dear Julian and Jadwiga,

The time has arrived to look at the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in an altogether new light. IT IS NOT A TRADE ISSUE. IT IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. And consequently, a trade organization cannot rule over this issue, especially if it impinges on our human rights. And it does!

1) By forcing whole nations, populations and societies to buy genetically modified foods, it violates our human freedom to choose, violates our freedom to choose what we want to buy, and therefore it violates one of our human rights.

2) By forcing genetically modified foods on entire populations, which also means individuals contained within these populations- it denies our right to choose diet of our choice. This is the second violation of our human right to deny us the freedom to eat what we choose.

3) Thirdly, on the scale of societies and nations, a radical control of seeds, which GMOs want to impose on us by eliminating natural seeds and traditional forms of agriculture is a threat to our security as nations and individuals. This is a serious violation of our individual right, and our social rights.

Thus on at least three counts the ruling of WTO is violating our human rights. And we must not tolerate it. It is only a trade organization. It has no business whatsoever to impinge on our human rights.

Thus the rulings of WTO on Genetically Modified Organisms are nil and void. No trade organization has either the mandate or the competence to rule over our human rights.

I therefore suggest that your organization and perhaps so other organizations take WTO to the International Court in the Hague for violations of Human Rights.

With all best wishes,

Henryk Skolimowski

P.S. This is a rough draft of a letter, which I hope will be improved by your lawyers and people around you. You may use the above letter for whatever purposes you choose. I just felt that I needed to write this letter to you. This matter should definitely go to the International Courts.

P.P.S. I have been very encouraged by the French government to ban GMO's in France. This is a very important precedent as you are aware. I think that a special delegation from your foundation should go to the Prime Minister of Poland to persuade him.
Ocotber 2007

The Swedish national small farmers organisation Smabrukarna responds to and supports ICPPC's call to Polish Ministers (see ICPPC's letter)

L'organisation nationale suédoise des petits agriculteurs Smabrukarna réplique et envoit son soutien a l'appel de l'ICPPC adressé aux Ministres Polonais (voir lettre d'ICPPC ci-dessous).

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The Swedish national small farmers organisation Smabrukarna heartly supports the efforts of Poland to place human and environmental health over so-called 'free trade' and corporate interests and maintain its commitment to a GMO free Poland. Over the years the Polish nation, backed by the untiring efforts of ICPPC to establish GMO free zones initially and more recently a GMO free country, has provided us with inspiration and hope. Despite attempts by vested interests to conceal the threats to biological diversity, ecological agriculture and human and environmental health inherent in GMOs, more and more independent scientists are confrming the fact that genetically modified organisms are a dangerous and untested experiment that have no place in the human and animal food chain or in the environment.

The Precautionary Principle, enshrined in the European law, gives European countries the right to reject GMOs and to challenge the European Commission's support for GMO in the European Court of Justice. Your struggle is our struggle. Your commitment to a GMO free Poland will help us to maintain a GMO free Sweden and regain a GMO free Europe. We wish to thank Poland for providing leadership in this critical and decisive issue and we will continue to follow and support your initiatives.

Yours sincerely

Daphne Thuvesson for Smabrukarna, Sweden


From: "schwartz arnaud"

Sent: Tuesday, October 16,
Subject: Re : [icppc] Fighting to Keep Poland GMO Free

Dear Friends,

I thank you for your actions and support them.

For a GMO free Poland, with best regards, Arnaud Schwartz


From: Gerald Miles

Subject: RE: GREAT SUCCESS in POLAND to stop GMO!!! The Polish Parliament has put a ban on the use of GMOs in animal fodder...
Congratulations. GREAT news. Well done, an example to all other countries in the EU.
Thank you so much.
Gerald
GM Free Cymru


From: "Peter Segger"

From all of us in the organic movement in the UK who have fought against the GMO lobby for so long it is FANTASTIC to see what your colaition has done.
Very best wishes to you and good luck in your on-goign struggle.
regards
Peter Segger,OBE
Chairman
Organic Farm Foods ltd


From: "Diana Schumacher"

Subject: Re: !!!Polish President signs Act banning genetically modified seeds
Well done indeed!
I moved the combined forces of ECOROPA as well and they are mostly big names in the environment movement.
Keep up the good work!
In Unity,
Diana.


Subject: Re: Poland bans GM - HUGE

HUGE congratulations on your BRILLIANT achievement over the GM ban!!!
That is stunning news!
All good wishes
Moyra
Moyra Bremner
Author Journalist Broadcaster Speaker


From: info@publiceyeonscience.ch

Hello Jadwiga and Julian,
  congratulation to your great success. All the work you did in Poland, together with your friends, made this possible. This is a very important sign to all Europe. I just came home today from a weekend with my german friends in Zehdenick, north of Berlin. They have organised paneldiscussions, a powerfull demonstration und beside they where quite successful in destroying Monsanto GMO BT Cornfields nearby. I also met sume of your polish friends, wich did join us.
  with lots of greetings
  Urs Hans, Public Eye on Science


From: "Pippa Gallop"

congratulations on such a great success for all your hard work.
it's great to see Poland taking such a strong lead against GMOs.
best wishes,
pippa


From: "sylvette.escazaux"

Dear Jadwiga and Julian,
Thank you for this cheering message: 208 MEPs signing on such a controversial issue is really worth all the efforts...even if it is not enough. At the same time it created unprecedented opportunity of debate on GMOs (at least here in France) and this will for sure have positiveconsequences: the more GMOs are talked about, the less ignorance and false presuppositions can overrun decisions
Warm greetings, Sylvette
Sylvette Escazaux, ATOS-GN3, France


From: Gerald.Lonauer

dear Jadwiga and Julien,
thanks for information.
1) You are right saying that 208 MEP signing is a good result.
2) And I agree that this action was very helpful in rising awareness on the problems on the issue…congratulations to the approach you and the 4 MEPs did.
regards, Gerald
Verbindungsbüro des Landes Oberösterreich zur EU
Liaison Office of Upper Austria to the EU
Bureau de Liaison de la Haute-Autriche aupres de l´UE
Verbindingsbureau van Opper Oostenrijk


From: "Chr. Potthof - Gen-ethisches Netzwerk"

Dear Jadwiga and Julian, thank you for your power. I think that you're doing a great job and I agree that this energy was not wasted...What next? I would like to discuss a date for a joint meeting at the border…
Kind regards, Christof
Christof POTTHOF (Mr.)
Gen-ethisches Netzwerk e.V./Gene-ethical Network (registered association)
Bereich Gruene Gentechnik/plant biotech and genetic engineering,


From: Astrid Konrad , ATTAC

Dear Jadwiga and Julian, thank you sooo much for this initiative! I think you are doing splendid work and ICPPC is one of the most hopeful organisations fighting GMO at the moment. We will definitely continue to support you and to make your engagement known within our community in order to strenghten our forces. The result of this initiative for me is quite outstanding - considering the short time line and the breadth of the demands in the declaration (including Patents on life etc.)… Astrid,
Attac Austria

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