May 1rst 2016: Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. We have done so to provide much needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.
01-07-2016: GMWatch: Pro-GMO campaign exploits Nobel laureates to attack Greenpeace and fool the people. Greenpeace is being criticized for blocking GMO golden rice – even though the crop is years away from being ready, reports Claire Robinson
Dr. Ho has been one of the most influential figures of the last decade in the debate within the scientific community regarding the use of genetically modified organisms. We just now have read that this wonderful wife of Prof. Peter Saunders and brave scientist, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, who never gave up regarding the battle against GMOs, has died on the 24th of April 2016. We always could use her articles with her permission (De Gentechvrije Burgers, Europees Consumentenplatform, The European GMO-free Citizens) when there was a petition to be written to the Dutch Ministry of Environment against a permission to release GMOs in the Dutch environment. Thank you so much, Mae-Wan, for all you have so bravely done! Rest In Peace! She will be greatly missed, and our deep condolences go to her husband and all her nearest and dearest. Click on the photo to read an interview with her (2004).
April the 18th: The European GMO-free Citizens have found the first labeled USA product in a Dutch supermarket. It was labeled by Nestlé and at last labeled by the Dutch importer. The European GMO-free Citizens asked the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority to see to it that mandatory labels, that say that there are GMOs in it, were placed on the packages. (Although not all products are labeled as such yet.)
"Environmentalist waged countless high-profile battles, taking aim at everything from GM crops and water fluoridation to chemical contamination of lakes and rivers. We at GMWatch remember Joe Cummins with huge gratitude for his never-failing patience in explaining the technical aspects of the risks of GMOs and their accompanying pesticides. He was always happy to help – and did so with perfect grace, courtesy, and humility. We will miss him."
April 2015 Open Letter to the People of China:Ambassador Liu Xiaoming
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
49 Portland Place , London W1B 1JL
Request for urgent letter to be forwarded to President Xi Jin-ping and Premier Li Ke-qiang
OPEN LETTER: The Impact of Glyphosate/Roundup on global health
11-13-2014. Natural Society:A new correlation study published in the Journal of Organic Systems has linked glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to an enormous increase in chronic diseases across the United States. - full paper.
I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one.
Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.
Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit -- we have a right to know what we put in our mouths.
Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee . So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.
Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association," Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations' right to free speech. MORE.
In 2013, 93% of soybeans were GE, most of them glyphosate tolerant (6) In 2013, 90% of cotton was GE, with 82% containing HT trait (7). And 90% of corn was GE with 85% containing HT trait (7). Other common GE crops include sugar beets and canola (rapeseed) of which 95% and 93% of which are GE respectively (8), and all are herbicide tolerant (5c). GE varieties of virus resistant squash and papaya are also grown (8). Some drought resistant crops have also been developed (5c). More from Food Safety and Sustainability Center, October 2014, page. 5.
Avoid At-Risk Ingredients (USA).
If it's not labeled organic, or doesn't have a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal , then avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet sugar.
Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrups
Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
Modified food starch*
Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*
Canola Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cotton Cottonseed oil
Sugar Avoid anything not listed as 100% cane sugar since GM beet sugar recently entered the food supply. To avoid it, look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar.
Aspartame The artificial sweetener also known as NutraSweet and Equal, which is derived from GM microorganisms.
Become familiar with our list of invisible GM ingredients .
Also, more than 50% of Hawaiian papaya is GM, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.
GM products are creeping into our shops in NL and GB. You can buy them on internet too without proper labeling see http://www.usfoodz.nl
In the UK and the whole of the EU, foods made with GM ingredients need to say so on the label. This is a legal requirement and is one of the main reasons why there is very little GM on our shelves. However some GM foods, mostly highly processed and often from North America, have been gradually creeping onto the shelves of EU supermarkets and discount retailers. More
Left: label doesn't say made with GMOs, right: label says made with GMOs.
One of the products sold in Dutch supermarkets, full of GMOs. And not proper labeled.
Childhood memory gone GMO : Good old Cracker Jacks is now loaded with bad stuff and is a GMO nightmare. The first ingredient in the label is sugar. Is that sugar from GMO beets? Doesn't matter because the second ingredient is corn syrup and that one is GMO. This makes sugar and syrup the prime ingredients in Cracker Jacks! Well, you still need popcorn (another GMO plagued product from cross-pollination)............ MORE
Most comprehensive study reveals glyphosate and AMPA in the environment over 9 years and across 38 states Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji .
There is evidence of human death and illness. Find out how a genetically modified food supplement killed dozens of Americans and sickened thousands, and how the FDA covered up the full story and kept Congress in the dark. Find out why industry-funded research is faulty and specifically designed to avoid finding problems. Get the startling truth from independent research conducted around the world. Click on the photo for more info.
16Th of January 2014 STOP THE CROP: We need your help, right now, to stop a new GMO being grown on the fields. During these weeks in January, the EU member states will decide whether Pioneer's GM maize (technical name 1507) will be allowed to be grown in their country. This would be the first GM maize to be allowed for growing on the field in Europe since 1998. Write to your minister today!
Demo in Germany : "Its Enough!" When?: Saturday 18 Januari - 11:00 u. Where?: Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany. The European GMO-free Citizens (De Gentechvrije Burgers) join too.
1 september 2013 Herald Scotland: Why has study saying GM could kill been ignored? A scientific study suggesting genetically modified food killed rats has been suppressed because of lobbying by multinational biotech corporations, environmental campaigners claim.
Rochester, NY (PRWEB) September 22, 2012 -- In a letter sent by the Center for the Biology of Chronic
Disease (CBCD), the Center urges the FDA and CDC to investigate the risk associated with foreign DNA
fragments in vaccines such as Gardasil and the MMR II and set clear guidelines that will mitigate this risk.
Gardasil is just one example of a vaccine that contains foreign DNA fragments.
Published May 11, 2013 | By Ocean Robbins
Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food: I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat.
Fragment:The organization Food & Water Watch has released a detailed report on the cables. A representative from the organization explained how this isn't even just the promotion of Monsanto but a truly insane initiative by the US government to bend over backwards for the GMO juggernaut:more
Vermont, USA. On the 10th of May 2013 the House of Representatives passed H.112, this year's GMO labeling law, by a vote of 99-42! This is the furthest any such legislation has made it through the legislative process in the US, and the bill is now set to be taken up by the Senate in January. It was clear that hearing from Vermonters gave our lawmakers the courage to lead the nation on this important issue.
Brussels Soy Declaration Today (8 May 2013) major European retailers from five countries, including Germany's REWE Group, EDEKA and LIDL have released the Brussels Soy Declaration in which they have pledged support for the non-GMO soy production system of Brazil.
22th of Januari 2013 EFSA has discovered: the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes significant fragment of a viral gene.....more
8th of November 2012 BASF is going to perform GM potato trails with lower amylose content in the Netherlands. You can protest and sign via a Signatures List, print it out, sign and send it to the Ministery click here. And here.
Very important video!!!!!!Jeffrey Smith: Labourers in South-Africa dying after eating 100% GMO crops. Cattle dying after eating GMO feed, children almost killed after eating GMO corn, doctors say to their patients to turn to a GMO-free dieet. Scientists of Monsanto don't drink their companies own GMO-milk, one even bought his own cow!
24-10-2011. The European GMO-Free Citizens visit Occupy Amsterdam.
Help the Polish people to stay GMO-free!
This letter is a call to action... we need your urgent support!
Once again the ugly face of GMO is rising above the parapet of parliamentary affairs in Poland and a crucial vote is imminent. more......
BASF SE (BAS), the world's biggest chemical maker, may withdraw genetically modified crop research from Germany in response to growing political opposition, three people familiar with discussions said.
The maker of the Amflora scientific potato is considering the future of its research facility in rural Limburgerhof in southwestern Germany, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. A move to the U.S. is possible for the plant biotechnology operations, which employ 700, said one of the people.
EXTRACT: "GMOs may be just like atomic energy," said Ulrike Hoefken, the Green Party's regional environment minister. "The risks are masked and big benefits are claimed. But it's the general public who is left with the costs for any damage."
5 juli 2010 1.European Parliament strengthens draft laws to ban GM crops - Greenpeace
2.MEPs vote fo stronger GMO rules - FoEE:The European Parliament voted in favour of:
- A stronger legal backing for national bans
- Mandatory liability systems for contamination cases
- Compulsory measures to prevent contamination in all EU countries
- National and regional level assessments of environmental risk – complementary to EU level assessment – with power to ban GM crops.
The decision on whether to give countries more rights to ban GM crops now goes to the European Council which is currently deadlocked on the issue.
29th of June 2011.The city of Nijmegen, NL has yesterday been declared GMO-free by the council! 23 votes in favour, 16 votes against Watch video of the decission. (Dutch) It was a Citizens initiative "Citizens for GMO-free food" (de werkgroep Burgers voor Gentechvrij Voedsel). The city of Nijmegen is the second city which was declared GMO-free, the city of Culemborg was the first. Mayer Mr. de Graaf congratulated the Citizens with their succes.
Swedish authorities demand investigations in Germany and the Czech Republic
04 September 2010
Click on the logo and sign against a genetically engineered
(GM)-vaccination study in foals from 3 days old untill 6 months. (Deadline 12-01-2011).
30th of August 2010 SIGN OUR ON-LINE PETITION!
We have made a petition to the Minister of Environment on a genetically engineered (GM)-vaccination study in foals from 3 days old untill 6 months.
They use a GM-bacterium. The little horses stay in stables and on grassland and the menure with the GMO will be put on the land. The GMO-free Citizens don't want this and have written this petition, which you can sign.
Translating the fill-in data on this site: "Ik" is "I", "wonende" means the "city you live in","onderteken de petitie "Bezwaar tegen gentech vaccinproef voor veulens van 3 dg. tot 6 mnd. oud." means "Objection to a GMO-vaccionation study for foals of 3 days to 6 months". "Ja, mijn naam en woonplaats mogen publiek zichtbaar zijn onder de petitie" means: when you click the little box: "Yes, my name and place may be shown under this petition".
• Video: GM-free food production: a unique selling point for Ireland - the food island: 17 November 2009 press conference on the business case for Ireland's GM-free label, with Richard Corrigan (Michelin star chef and TV host), Darina Allen (Slow Food Ireland, Good Food Ireland, Free Choice Consumer Group, Artisan Food Forum, and the Farmers Market movement), Malcolm Thompson (Irish Cattle and Sheepfarmers Association), Evan Doyle (the Taste Council, Organic Trust and Euro-Toques Ireland), Dr. John Fagan (Cert ID), and Michael O'Callaghan (GM-free Ireland):
The European Commission has just approved growing genetically modified crops for the first time in 12 years, putting the GM lobby's profits over public concerns -- 60% of Europeans feel we need more information before growing foods that could threaten our health and environment.
A new initiative allows 1 million EU citizens a unique chance to make official requests of the European Commission. Let's build a million voices for a ban on GM foods until the research is done. Sign the petition below and spread the word.
Don't forget to include your address so that all of our signatures count for the citizens' initiative.
To the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso:
We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.
25 August, for Immediate Release,
Contact: Travis English, AGRA Watch
Brenda Biddle, The Evergreen State College & AGRA Watch
(360) 878-7833 :
Last week, (the 16th of August 2010), the Foundation for the Prevention of Abuse of Genetic Manipulation 'VoMiGEN' of Mr. R. Verlinden from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, had a case at the Dutch Council of State against the Ministry of Environment about the GMO-carnation "Moonaqua" to be imported in Europe. There is no reason the grow (Colombia in greenhouses) and import these at all, only because of a change in colour. The flower is totally different, shorter stems, less leaves. And to see whether its not toxic for men, they use cells of embryos. I don't want to get these flowers on Mothers Day!
Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
(Question No EFSA-Q-2007-177)
Adopted on 12 March 2008
3.2.3. Agronomic traits and GM phenotype
Carnation Moonaqua 123.8.12 and the parental variety FE123 were grown in field trials in The Netherlands in 2000 and in Australia in 2005 and compared for several morphological characteristics. The comparison of data from these field trials identified significant differences between the GM carnation and the parental variety FE123. The GM carnation has smaller flowers, reduced stem thickness at the 5th node, and reduced numbers of stamens, styles and anthers and stamen length. cut
A Greenpeace report says seven German states have had seed supplies contaminated by genetically modified corn. Losses for farmers could be in the millions of euros.
Action Alert - Codex Conference
Please send this URGENT message to US Government leaders to protect your right to know which foods are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Send an email today to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius)..
Farmers, environmentalists and consumers around the country have toured the city demanding the Government to follow the same path followed by countries like France, Germany or Austria, and ban the cultivation of GM maize in Spain.
Spain is the only EU country that grows GM a large scale. Last year, 76,000 hectares were planted with genetically modified maize in Spain. This cultivation is carried out under an absolute lack of transparency and control, with numerous cases of contamination of crops and foods. Still, the government is ignoring their social and environmental impacts, and health consequences that have led other countries to ban it.
We are in the Spanish half of the EU Presidency and the Government has, if anything, even more responsibility to drive another model of food and agriculture. However, when the European Commission approved a few weeks ago the cultivation of a transgenic potato, Spain was one of the few countries that supported this decision.
7th of April 2010: Breaking News: Organizations in India successfully halt HPV vaccination program.
New York Times, 29th of March 2010: Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent
A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer . The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property! Learn more....
24th of March 2010. Testbiotech: Genetically engineered corn causes new plant pest. Testbiotech warns that fields will turn into battlefields
Munich / Bremen - Large- scale cultivation of genetically engineered corn is causing
the spread of a new pest in the US Corn Belt. The western bean cutworm infests the
tips of the corncobs. Massive damage is being reported from those regions where the
corn MON810 (sold as YieldGard by company of Monsanto) is grown on large scale.
The world's largest chemicals company BASF has scrapped plans to conduct trials of genetically modified potatoes in the Netherlands.
BASF send only one map where the trails should have been located. So people could not know where both fieldtrails would come.The European GMO-free Citizens did sent a petition to the Ministry of Environment on this. Today spokeswoman Miep Bos got an e-mail from the Ministry BASF had scrapped the two extra trails in Gelderland, the Netherlands.
Subject: DGM/SAS IM 07-006/02 en DGM/SAS IM 07-007/02
6th of March 2010. the EU asks your opinion on a GMO-carnation (assessment rapport) with changed colour the Moon Shadow, C/NL/97/13. Consent (Dutch authorities. already in1998!). Genetically modified carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) lines 959A, 988A, 1226A, 1351A, 1363A, 1400A (Unique identifier FLO-11363-1) Comments can be send to this e-mail address untill the 21rst of March 00.00 h.
Join the Global Rejection of GE Wheat .
Groups from around the world are invited to sign-on to the statement on this site.
NOTE: People anywhere in the world can register to fast tomorrow (Jan 30), or light a candle, in solidarity with Indian resistance to the imposition of GM brinjal (eggplant/aubergine). More info and sign up at http://www.brinjal.org
This is my webpage (first dating 1996!) where I, as a consumer protest against GMOs in our daily food.
FDA scientists were questioned about the potential health hazards genetically modified (GM) foods would have. Previously secret documents attained by the Alliance for Bio-Integrity's 1998 lawsuit reveal that our food experts were very concerned that GM foods carried “serious health hazards.” They unofficially concluded that GM foods lead to “different risks” for consumers than untreated foods. More...
Important news: 12 december 2009: Research Paper
A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian
Health 1. CRIIGEN, 40 rue Monceau, 75008 Paris, France
2. University of Rouen LITIS EA 4108, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
3. University of Caen, Institute of Biology, Risk Pole CNRS, EA 2608, 14032 Caen, France Press Release.
December 2009, USA: The Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering (Farmer to Farmer) is a network of 34 farm organizations from throughout the United States that endorsed the Farmer Declaration on Genetic Engineering released in December 1999. Farmer to Farmer seeks to build a farmer driven campaign focused on concerns around agricultural biotechnology and to provide a national forum for farmer action on these issues. Presents; Out of Hand American farmers are feeling the effects of a concentrated seed industry. Seed options are diminishing while prices increase at historic rates. A new report by the Farmer to Farmer Campaign, Out of Hand: Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry , uses industry sources, government data, and personal interviews with farmers and seed industry representatives to document the consequences of concentration in the seed industry.
JOE WHITTINGTON AND ANDREW M. HARRIS
BLOOMBERG NEWS, 5 December 2009 Uitspraak: Bayer CropScience veroordeeld tot het betalen van $2 miljoen, vanwege verliezen die twee boeren uit Missouri leden, betreffende een experiment met een rijstsoort van dit bedrijf dat hun gewas besmette.
$2 million verdict against Bayer CropScience
JOE WHITTINGTON AND ANDREW M. HARRIS
BLOOMBERG NEWS, 5 December 2009
Bayer CropScience LP must pay about $2 million for losses sustained by two Missouri farmers when an experimental variety of rice the company was testing cross-bred with their crops, a federal jury ruled.
London, 4 December 2009
Doc. Ref. EMEA/780391/2009
Questions and answers on the risk of fever with Pandemrix in young children
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) at the European Medicines Agency has reviewed data on the use of a second dose of the pandemic flu vaccine Pandemrix in children aged from 6 months to 3 years. The Committee noted that this second dose brings a further immune response, but that there is also an increased risk of fever.
2nd of October 2009 About the hearing on Moonaqua tm:
The hearing went well. We were with 6 persons, the ministry too and she had one independent male secretary to take the minutes and he recorded it on a tape. I could speak for half an hour, to read out a.o. the 14 pieces (some in English, one in French, the chair said that I should not read the French piece because nobody could understand but would be recorded in the minutes) from signers who have send me a piece for the hearing.
You can read them here. I have asked whether the decision on the petition from the Ministry could be in other languages. But they stressed that it is not possible and not allowed and they asked me to send the coming (in 10 weeks) decision to all signers of the petition. So I have to translate it myself.
But Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and French is not a language I master. In my plea I have referred to the cooperation between Niaba (Dutch union of multinationals like Monsanto, Unilever etc.) and several ministries and their civil servants and that one was present in the room. He told me afterwards, "You did mean me, but I don't feel addressed, we just can speak to them don't we?"
Furthermore the question was: who is an interested person who can go to a higher court to try to stop the introduction into the market. Ordinairy people cannot go anymore to court when they aren't an interested party according to some judges. But there isn't a law yet that describes what a interesting person or - party really is. And the Actio Popularis, the law that gave everyone the opportunity to go to court in case of undesired decisions of the government is been abolished silently and nobody knew what had happend. More introductions into the market of GMOs will come up, but all is a lot of work.
Three other persons also spoke. One older person who was a tulip grower and nowadays is a pensioner who grows organic bulbs, spoke long and more in a spiritual sence and after an hour and a half the hearing was done.
After the hearing in the Hague
Petition is send, you cannot add your name anymore!
Portuguese - and other European citizens don't like lilac/blue GMO-carnations!
Recently I wrote a petition against a GMO-carnation with changed colour, named Moonaqua TM of Florigene, as a spokeswoman of the European GMO-free Citizens to the Dutch Ministry of Environment. People asked me to translate it into English.
I also asked several people to translate a short text on the carnation into Portuguese, German, Italian and French. A lot of Portuguese reacted on my call, which was put on my website, to undersign my petition. It appears that the carnation is the symbol of Portugal because of the carnation revolution of 1974. In no time I have found 20 Portuguese sites (scroll down) where my petition was mentioned ( "uma petição sobre cravos OGM com a cor alterada"). See also Jornal de Notícias (at the moment, 1rst of September 2009, visited 1370 times). More reactions came from Brazil, Mauritius, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South-Africa, Cyprus, the Philippines, UK, Scotland, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. People like dr. Mae-Wan Ho (UK, she has put a link of my petition and a story on it with a call up to sign it on the site of ISIS , ) and Prof. R. Cummins (Canada) of ISIS, Institute of Science in Society signed the petition themselves as well as
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho has put our petition on the site of The Institute of Science in Society the tittle is:
Say No to GM Carnations for Europe
A petition has been posted against the introduction of GM-carnations Moonaqua with altered colours.in the Netherlands.. These carnations are not yet available in Europe because they are not authorized. But the Dutch Ministry of Environment will do that in less than 6 weeks.time. Please join our protest against this flower before than. To test on 'safety' they used mice and human embryo cells, and for a change in colour. We have enough ordinairy flowers with beautiful colours on the globe, we don't need GM ones with all the health and environmental risks involved.
July 28, 2009 We have just made a petition on GMO-carnations with changed colour. Named Moonaqua TM. These carnations are not yet available in Europe because they are genetically engineered and are not autorized. But the Dutch Ministry of Environment will in 6 weeks. You can protest against this flower till than. To test on the safety they use mice and human embryotic cells and that for a change in colour. There are enough ordinairy flowers with beautiful colours on the globe, we don't need artificial ones, I think. Sign my petition by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address by stating: Petition on GMO-carnation Moonaqua ™ , C/NL/06/01 and your name street town country without commas. More about the GMO carnation you can read hereand here (EFSA Summary) . Deadline 1rst of September 2009.
28 juillet 2009 Nous avons une pétition qui vient d'être faite sur les OGM a changé de couleur avec des
œillets. Nommé Moonaqua TM. Ces oeillets sont pas encore disponibles en Europe car ils sont génétiquement modifiés et ne sont pas autorisés. Mais le ministère néerlandais de l'Environnement veut donner l'accord ici 6 semaines. Vous pouvez protester contre cette fleur jusqu'à cette date. Pour tester sur la sécurité ils utilisent des souris et des cellules humaines d'embryon et cela pour un changement de couleur. Il ya suffisamment de fleurs ordinaires avec de belles couleurs dans le monde, nous n'avons pas besoin de fleurs artificielles, je crois. Signez ma pétition en envoyer un e-mail à cette adresse e-mail en précisant: Pétition sur les OGM- oeillet, l'oeillet Moonaqua ™, C/NL/06/01 et votre nom rue ville pays sans virgules. Pour en savoir plus sur les OGM- oeillet, vous pouvez lire ici et ici (EFSA Summary). Date limite est le 1er septembre 2009.
July 28, 2009 Wir haben gerade eine Beschwerdeschrift an unserem Ministerium für Umwelt geschreiben gegen die Nelke Moonaqua (TM) mit geränderte Farbe. Diese Nelken sind noch nicht verkäuflich in den EU weil sie gentechnisch geändert sind und jetzt noch nicht zugelassen. Das Holländische Ministerium möchte dass machen nach 6 Wochen für ganz Europa . Sie können dagegen protestieren bis an den ersten September. Mann hat Mäuse misbraucht um die Giftigkeit zu testen. Die Tiere werden am Ende getötet. Auch verwendete man menschliche Fetus Zellen bei ähnliche Nelken. Und dass für eine andere Farbe! Es gibt tausende schöne Blumen ohne die Verwendung vom Gentechnik! Unterschreiben Sie bitte mein Beschwerde durch das Schicken von Ihre Name Hausadresse Wohnort Land und e-mail Adresse ohne Kommas zu diese e-mail Adresse mit folgendem Satz: Beschwerde bezüglich genveränderte Nelken Moonaqua ™ , C/NL/06/01".
Acabamos de terminar uma petição sobre cravos OGM com a cor alterada. Nomeado Moonaqua (TM). Estes cravos ainda não estão disponíveis na Europa, porque eles são geneticamente modificados e ainda não não estão autorizados. Mas o Ministério do Meio Ambiente Holandês irá autorizar dentro de 6 semanas. Você pode protestar contra esta flor até esse prazo. Para testar sobre a segurança destas flores utilizam ratos e células embrionárias de humanos e tudo isto por uma mudança de cor. Existem uma grande variedade de cravos com belas cores em todo o globo, não precisamos de cores artificiais. Assine a nossa petição, enviando um e-mail para este endereço info(at)gentechvrij.nl, declarando em assunto: Petição sobre cravos-OGM Moonaqua ™, C/NL/06/01, inicando no corpo da mensagem seu nome da rua cidade país sem vírgulas. Mais informações sobre os cravos OGM você pode ler aqui e aqui (AESA Síntese) . Prazo até 1 de Setembro de 2009. Veja os links em http://www.gentechvrij.nl/thegmofreecitizens.html
Firma la nostra petizione sul garofano geneticamente modificato Moonaqua TM . 28 luglio 2009. La petizione riguarda i garofani geneticamente modificati per avere un colore nuovo chiamati Moonaqua TM .
Essendo geneticamente modificato questo tipo di garofano non è ancora disponibile in Europa perché non è autorizzato, ma l'autorizzazione verrà concessa dal Ministero dell'Ambiente olandese entro 6 settimane.
Entro tale data sarà possibile protestare contro l'introduzione di questo fiore.
Per studiare la sicurezza di tali fiori vengono usate topi e cellule embrionali umane.
Non abbiamo bisogno di fiori artificiali, ci bastano i fiori con colori bellissimi offerti dalla natura.
Per firmare la mia petizione manda una e –mail a questo indirizzo* scrivendo: Petizione sul garofano geneticamente modificato Moonaqua TM, C/NL/06/01 e il tuo nome strada città nazione senza virgole.
Ulteriori informazioni sui garofani geneticamente modificati sono reperibili qui e qui (Riassunto EFSA).
Ricordo che il termine ultimo per l'invio della petizione è il 1 settembre 2009.
Per ulteriori informazioni: http://www.gentechvrij.nl/thegmofreecitizens.html
English to Italian translation by Nadia Simonini - ISDE Italia). Grazie tante!
24 juli 2009: Gentech anjer Moonaqua C/NL/06/01 goedgekeurd door VROM en NLV voor markttoelating in de hele EU. Je kunt bezwaar maken. Voorbeeldbezwaarschrift hier te downloaden. Je kunt je naam, adres, woonplaats, datum en e-mail adres doorgeven zonder komma's ertussen als je het bezwaarschrift mede wilt ondertekenen. Deadline 1 september 2009. Hoe doe je dat ? 1. Lees het bezwaarschrift. 2. Stuur een e-mail naar dit adres met de vermelding "Bezwaar tegen markttoelating gentech anjer Moonaqua ™ , C/NL/06/01." en je gegevens. Wij zorgen er voor dat het bezwaarschrift met je gegevens naar VROM gestuurd worden.
RESOURCES FOR GERMANY AND FRANCE: A "risk register" for GM crops in Germany is now online providing exact locations of test sites via google maps, plus some analysis and additional info. For France see here.
AFP, Caen - A study conducted by eight international researchers calls into question the reliability of tests of the European Food Safety (EFSA) and the US FDA to assess the health risks of GMOs and pesticides, it was learned Wednesday.
The article, signed by French, Italian, New Zealand, British and American experts, is published by the website of the International Journal of Biological Science, according to a press release from the Research Committee of Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN), chaired by former environment minister Corinne Lepage and based in Caen.
30 June 2009, Wassenaar. The European GMO-free Citizens did dine with the AG Secretary Mrs. G. Verburg. More....
23 juni 2009 Scientific American: Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells. Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say.
Percy Schmeiser warns the Netherlands and Europe: Don't grow GMO-crops! Canada has learned her lesson.
Canada doesn't want any more GMOs on her territory. No pure canola (rapeseed) and pure soy available anymore.
Coexistention: fairytale! Warning for the Netherlands and Europe don't grow GMO-crops!
More on this topic, videos and some text in English, Dutch and German see here.
Percy Schmeiser and Miep Bos of the European GMO-free Citizens Den Bosch, yesterday. Percy and Louise Schmeiser were invited by ZLTO, Biologica and Avalon.
EXTRACT: "BASF had eight years in which to produce a potato without an antibiotic resistance gene, but chose not to in order to save money and time. Authorising it now would be as crazy as restarting the production of cars without seatbelts or airbags. The authorisation of GM products should be based on health and environmental assessments, not on protecting the corporate interests of BASF."
DOCTORS CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON GM FOODS
Irish Medical Times, 12 June 2009
The Irish Doctors' Environmental Association (IDEA) has backed calls for an immediate moratorium on genetically modified (GM) foods. A new position paper from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) had said that GM foods 'pose a serious health risk' and called for a moratorium on them.
The paper also said doctors must educate their patients and the public to avoid GM foods and that doctors should consider the role of GM foods in the "patient's disease processes".
"Doctors have an ethical and moral duty to highlight concerns in relation to these issues and in the interest of the health of present and future generations. Permission to grow or consume genetically engineered foors in Ireland should be denied," it stated.
Comment from GM-free Ireland
CRIIGEN - Scientific Council for Independent Research on Genetic Engineering, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Independent Science Panel, the U.S. Center for Food Safety, the Institute of Gene Ecology, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, the Assembly of European Regions, The Foundation on Future Farming, the International Commission of the Future of Food and Agriculture, Slow Food, and numerous agronomic, environmental and health scientists from leading universities and research institutes around the world.
PREMIERES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES CONTRE LA BIOPIRATERIE/
First international meeting against biopiratery
Pour la défense des droits des peuples autochtones sur la biodiversité/
For the defence of rights of the original people on biodiversity
Paris les 13 et 15 Juin 2009
Paris, the 13th and 15th of June 2009
Yves Cochet (député), Danielle Mitterrand, présidente de la Fondation France
Libertés, Centre International des cultures populaires, RTBF Belgique, Fondation
Education et Développement, service « Films pour un seul monde », Fondation
pour une Terre humaine.
Guaranteeing the rights of owners of traditional knowledge
Biodiversity is a treasure of resources which are unequally distributed around the world. In areas of high biological diversity, indigenous people have contributed to the development and preservation of knowledge of biological resources. But these resources are increasingly necessary to the development of life science-based industries in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and agribusiness markets.
The Day The Dutch Democracy Died (but will rise again!).
On Tuesday, the 9th of June there was a seminar about GMOs. We were invited but didn't get the change to air our views, so a very concerned GMO-free Citizen rose from her seat and she as a farmers daughter, told the audience that people who are very concerned about GMOs did not get a change to speak out. Then the Chair of the afternoon, Mr. Felix Rottenberg, was very rude in his answer and put it like she was speaking in an unproper way. But she spoke from the heart. Then we became very frustrated and some of us went home in protest and others went to the people of the ministry of Agriculture who have organised the seminar, to express their thoughts on this. But although there was some less stress afterwards, we did't get the opportunity to express our views, only pro-people were pushed forward. An exception was Prof. Louise Fresco, she had done her homework and wasn't realy pro but also wasn't being anti GMOs.
We are astonished that this can happen in a democracy like ours! This is very wrong! The great amount of scientific evidence, that states that GMO-food is a danger to all life is rising and rising. Sooner or later all the citizens of the world will know, not to eat this. It is only a matter of time. We got the change to hand over an Open Letter to the minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Gerda Verburg, it is in Dutch, but the most links are to websites in English, so take a look! This was The Day The Dutch Democracy Died (but will rise again!)
Minister Verburg at her pro- GMOs opening speech.
April 2009 GMO Moratorium: The way forward for Europe
The participants of the 5th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions “Food
and Democracy” call for an EU-wide moratorium on the authorization and the
commercial planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In the wake of
six EU member states banning the planting of MON810 and in light of the rapid
increase in GMO-free regions in Europe, there has never been a better moment
for a moratorium than now.
18 april 2009:See the videoand the one on Youtube.Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Spanish city of Zaragoza calling for a ban on the use of genetically modified crops.15 April 2009 Sign against GMO-corn in Mexico, deadline 30th of April 2009. 14 april 2009 Germany bans Monsanto's GM maize.4 April 2009 Liberty Link of Bayer not welcome in Brazil.
27th of March 2009 Every time you eat, you may unknowingly be eating food that has been genetically engineered, a process that inserts foreign genes into plants and animals to give that organism certain traits it would not naturally have.
24 March 2009 Hungerstrike of two Polish woman farmers, Danuta and Edyta because of the dangers of GMOs. See the photos here.
This is Edyta Jaroszewska. Drawn after a photo.The sign says; " Hungerstrike for a GMO-free Poland".
Edyta Jaroszewska, 42 year old organic farmer and chairperson of the Organic Farmers Association, started fasting for a GMO Free Poland. Two days ago Danute Pilarska, another organic farmer and chairperson of The Organic Farmer's Union, joined her. Yesterday, both women, together with other members of the Coalition for a GMO Free Poland, joined a meeting of the Polish government's Agricultural Committee in the Senate in Warsaw. The committee was discussing the future of GMO in Poland. After a few hours of debate Edyta concluded "There's no political will within the Polish government to stop corporations from illegal planting of the GM maize variety MON 810 - and to ensure that Poland is kept GMO free. This opens the possibility of the widespread planting of MON 810 during this year. So we don't have another choice other than to stay here and fight!" Today, the fasting ladies, supported by other members of the Coalition, have been protesting in front of the Ministry of Agriculture in Warsaw.
Press Release, January 19, 2009 Coalition against Bayer Dangers
Take Glufosinate off the Market immediately!
Bayer´s herbicide among 22 most dangerous substances / Coalition also demands ban on glufosinate-resistant plants.
The Coalition against Bayer Dangers demands an immediate ban on the herbicide glufosinate and a suspension of all approvals of glufosinate-resistant crops. European Parliament members voted last week to ban pesticides classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. Permits for 22 substances, among them glufosinate, will not be renewed. MORE
2008 Important research on Roundup (=glyphosate and other material together) by Nora Benachour, Gilles-Eric Séralini: Formulations Induce Apoptosis and Necrosis
in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells
just released. Read the pressrelease.
Protest against the threatening introduction of genetically engineered components in our daily food products. It is, (and a lot of groups as Greenpeace and The Natural Law Party agree on this) a great danger to all life, because the blueprint of life will be changed by genetically engineering. The first genetically engineered food products to be sold in Holland, are genetically engineered soybeans. This soya is made resistant against Glyfosate. This is a weed killer.Genetically engineered maize, now on the market in Europe is made resistant to glufosinate-ammonium this is also a weedkiller. So, the consumers become guinea pigs, without their permission.
60 % of processed consumer food products contain soybean material - from margarine to baby food and chocolate bars. There will be no label which points out whether there will be genetically engineered soy or other GMO's in the products, they only label a few ingredients. We will have no free choice. In april 1998 three genetically engineered maize types were introduced in the EU and also one type of genetically engineered rapeseed oil.
60 % of processed consumer food products contain soybean material - from margarine to baby food and chocolate bars. There will be no label which points out whether there will be genetically engineered soy or other GMO's in the products, they only label a few ingredients. We will have no free choice. In april 1998 three genetically engineered maize types were introduced in the EU and also one type of genetically engineered rapeseed oil.
Quotes of scientists:
Samuel Epstein, M.D., Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition: Genetic modification of food is a dangerous game of ecological roulette. To take one example, I'm sure there will be a significant increase in deaths from certain types of cancer. If that is the only adverse effect we will have been lucky.
We simply cannot predict the ecological effects of genetic modification. GM forces evolution to take place in one generation rather than hundreds.
Manipulating DNA creates a new substance and it may not behave in the same ways as the original version. And existing tests, which only detect already-known toxins, may not reveal man-made ones.
We simply do not know what we are doing.
Professor Richard Lacey, microbiologist, medical doctor, and Professor of Food Safety at Leeds University, world famous for his accurate prediction of the dangers of " Mad cow disease". Professor Lacey has spoken out strongly against the introduction of genetically engineered foods, because of 'the essentially unlimited health risks'> The fact is, it is virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods when introduced into the food chain, nor is there any valid nutritional or public interest reason for their introduction.
And additionally with reference to the BSE crisis: We know to our cost that an organism which was utterly unknown to science 30 years ago, the prion, is capable of jumping from species to species, and changing its own physical characteristics each time it crosses the barrier. This shows that it is impossible to foresee what dangers lie in store... If we continue to create new life forms artificially, we lay ourselves open to the possibility of similar unimaginable dangers.
Malcom Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive of Iceland Foods: Millions of ordinary people are very worried about genetically modified foods and I am one of them....With genetically modified foods I believe we have reached the thin edge of the wedge, we are messing with the building blocks of life and it's scary.
On January 20th and 21th 2000, the American Embassy in The Hague had organized a conference called "Biotechnology: The Science and the Impact" .
The Natural Law Party of The Netherlands, Nederlands Platform Gentechnologie and I have demonstrated before "Het Nederlands Congresgebouw" where the conference was held.( more pictures )
The EU has a plan to okay GMO-cotton (name Bollgard). Cotton plays a role in our daily life, from clothes to sanatairy towels and nappies. Artists canvas can also be made of it. Trees can also be genetically engineered.
With the cost of food recently skyrocketing – hitting not just shoppers but the poor and hungry in the developing world – genetically modified (GM) foods are once again being promoted as the way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence trick. Far from needing more GM foods, there are urgent reasons why we need to ban them altogether.
1. GM foods won't solve the food crisis
A 2008 World Bank report concluded that increased biofuel production is the major cause of the increase in food prices. GM giant Monsanto has been at the heart of the lobbying for biofuels (crops grown for fuel rather than food) — while profiting enormously from the resulting food crisis and using it as a PR opportunity to promote GM foods!
“The climate crisis was used to boost biofuels, helping to create the food crisis; and now the food crisis is being used to revive the fortunes of the GM industry.” — Daniel Howden, Africa correspondent of The Independent
“The cynic in me thinks that they're just using the current food crisis and the fuel crisis as a springboard to push GM crops back on to the public agenda. I understand why they're doing it, but the danger is that if they're making these claims about GM crops solving the problem of drought or feeding the world, that's bullshit.” — Prof Denis Murphy, head of biotechnology at the University of Glamorgan in Wales
2. GM crops do not increase yield potential
Despite the promises, GM has not increased the yield potential of any commercialised crops. In fact, studies show that the most widely grown GM crop, GM soya, has suffered reduced yields.
“Let's be clear. As of this year , there are no commercialized GM crops that inherently increase yield. Similarly, there are no GM crops on the market that were engineered to resist drought, reduce fertilizer pollution or save soil. Not one.” — Dr Doug Gurian-Sherman, former biotech specialist for the US Environmental Protection Agency and former advisor on GM to the US Food and Drug Administration
3. GM crops increase pesticide use
Official data shows that in the US, GM crops have produced an overall average increase, not decrease, in pesticide use compared to conventional crops.
“The promise was that you could use less chemicals and produce a greater yield. But let me tell you none of this is true.” — Bill Christison, President of the US National Family Farm Coalition
4. There are better ways to feed the world
A major recent UN/World Bank-sponsored report compiled by 400 scientists, and endorsed by 58 countries, concluded that GM crops have little to offer global agriculture and the challenges of poverty, hunger, and climate change, because better alternatives are available.
5. Other farm technologies are more successful
Integrated Pest Management and other innovative low-input or organic methods of controlling pests and boosting yields have proven highly effective, particularly in the developing world. Other plant breeding technologies, such as Marker Assisted Selection (non-GM genetic mapping), are widely expected to boost global agricultural productivity more effectively and safely than GM.
“The quiet revolution is happening in gene mapping, helping us understand crops better. That is up and running and could have a far greater impact on agriculture [than GM].” — Prof John Snape, head of the department of crop genetics, John Innes Centre
6. GM foods have not been shown to be safe to eat
Genetic modification is a crude and imprecise way of incorporating foreign genetic material (e.g. from viruses, bacteria) into crops, with unpredictable consequences. The resulting GM foods have undergone little rigorous and no long-term safety testing, but animal feeding tests have shown worrying health effects. Only one study has been published on the direct effects on humans of eating a GM food. It found unexpected effects on gut bacteria, but was never followed up.
“We are confronted with the most powerful technology the world has ever known, and it is being rapidly deployed with almost no thought whatsoever to its consequences.” — Dr Suzanne Wuerthele, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toxicologist
7. Stealth GMOs in animal feed — without consumers' consent
Meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on the millions of tons of GM feed imported into Europe do not have to be labelled. Studies have shown that if GM crops are fed to animals, GM material can appear in the resulting products. As GM foods have been shown to affect animals' health, eating such “stealth GMOs” may affect the health of consumers.
8. No one is monitoring the impact of GM foods on health
It is claimed that Americans have eaten GM foods for years with no ill effects. But these foods are unlabeled in the US and no one has monitored the consequences. With other novel foods like trans fats, it has taken decades to realize that they have caused millions of premature deaths.
9. GM and non-GM cannot co-exist
GM contamination of conventional and organic food is increasing. An unapproved GM rice that was grown for only one year in field trials was found to have extensively contaminated the US rice supply and seed stocks. In Canada, the organic oilseed rape industry has been destroyed by contamination from GM rape. In Spain, a study found that GM maize “has caused a drastic reduction in organic cultivations of this grain and is making their coexistence practically impossible”.
The time has come to choose between a GM-based, or a non-GM-based, world food supply.
“If some people are allowed to choose to grow, sell and consume GM foods, soon nobody will be able to choose food, or a biosphere, free of GM. It's a one way choice, like the introduction of rabbits or cane toads to Australia; once it's made, it can't be reversed.” — Roger Levett, specialist in sustainable development
10. We can't trust GM companies
The big biotech firms pushing their GM foods have a terrible history of toxic contamination and public deception. GM is attractive to them because it gives them patents that allow monopoly control over the world's food supply. They have taken to harassing and intimidating farmers for the "crime" of saving patented seed or "stealing" patented genes — even if those genes got into the farmer's fields through accidental contamination by wind or insects.
“Farmers are being sued for having GMOs on their property that they did not buy, do not want, will not use and cannot sell.” — Tom Wiley, North Dakota farmer
7. “Genetically engineered crops and pesticide use in the United States: The first nine years”, Benbrook, C., BioTech InfoNet, Technical Paper No. 7, October 2004, http://www.biotech-info.net/Full_version_first
“Agricultural Pesticide Use in US Agriculture”, Center for Food Safety, May 2008, using data from US Department of Agriculture
11. “Marker-assisted selection: an approach for precision plant breeding in the twenty-first century”, Collard, B.C.Y. and D.J. Mackill, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, Vol. 363, 2008, pp. 557-572, 2008; “Breeding for abiotic stresses for sustainable agriculture”, Witcombe J.R. et al., Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 2008, Vol. 363, pp. 703-716
12. “Gene mapping the friendly face of GM technology”, Professor John Snape, Farmers Weekly, 1 March 2002, p. 54
13. Here is just a small selection of these papers: “Genetically modified soya leads to the decrease of weight and high mortality rate of rat pups of the first generation”, Ermakova I.V., EcosInform, Vol. 1, 2006, pp. 4-9; “Fine structural analysis of pancreatic acinar cell nuclei from mice fed on GM soybean”, Malatesta, M. et al., Eur. J. Histochem., Vol. 47, 2003, pp. 385–388; “Ultrastructural morphometrical and immunocytochemical analyses of hepatocyte nuclei from mice fed on genetically modified soybean”, Malatesta, M. et al., Cell Struct Funct., Vol. 27, 2002, pp. 173-180; “Ultrastructural analysis of testes from mice fed on genetically modified soybean”, Vecchio L. et al., Eur. J. Histochem., Vol. 48, pp. 448-454, 2004; “A long-term study on female mice fed on a genetically modified soybean: effects on liver ageing”, Malatesta M. et al., Histochem Cell Biol., Vol. 130, 2008, pp. 967-977; “Effects of diets containing genetically modified potatoes expressing Galanthus nivalis lectin on rat small intestine”, Ewen S.W. and A. Pusztai, The Lancet, Vol. 354, 1999, pp. 1353–1354; “New Analysis of a Rat Feeding Study with a Genetically Modified Maize Reveals Signs of Hepatorenal Toxicity”, Séralini, G.-E. et al., Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol., Vol. 52, 2007, pp. 596-602.
14. “Assessing the survival of transgenic plant DNA in the human gastrointestinal tract”, Netherwood T. et al., Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 22, 2004, pp. 204–209.
15. “Detection of Transgenic and Endogenous Plant DNA in Digesta and Tissues of Sheep and Pigs Fed Roundup Ready Canola Meal”, Sharma, R. et al., J. Agric. Food Chem., Vol. 54, No. 5, 2006, pp. 1699–1709; “Assessing the transfer of genetically modified DNA from feed to animal tissues”, Mazza, R. et al., Transgenic Res., Vol. 14, No. 5, 2005, pp. 775–784; “Detection of genetically modified DNA sequences in milk from the Italian market”, Agodi, A., et al., Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health, Vol. 209, 2006, pp. 81–88
21. See, for example, Marie-Monique Robin's documentary film, “Le Monde Selon Monsanto” (“The World According to Monsanto”), ARTE, 2008; and the website of the NGO, Coalition Against Bayer-Dangers, www.cbgnetwork.org
22. GM company Monsanto has launched many such lawsuits launched against farmers. A famous example is the case of the Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser. Just one article on this case is “GM firm sues Canadian farmer”, BBC News Online, 6 June 2000, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/779265.stm ,
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