Monthly archive January, 2013

The pro-GM lobby’s seven sins against science

An interesting article by Peter Melchett from  the Soil Association. “The role that genetically modified (GM) food should play in our food chain is a highly contested political issues. One interesting facet of the debate in the past year has been the pro-GM lobby’s interest in staking the ‘scientific high-ground’; simultaneously positioning itself as the...
BASF decides to stop GM potato research in Europe

BASF decides to stop GM potato research in Europe

The Fortuna Potato was part of the promotional test field in Wetteren, Belgium in 2011. From their official press release: ” The company will also discontinue the pursuit of regulatory approvals for the Fortuna, Amadea, and Modena potato projects in Europe because continued investment cannot be justified due to uncertainty in the regulatory environment and...
Group of flemish organisations demands GMO-labelling, also for animal feed.

Group of flemish organisations demands GMO-labelling, also for animal feed.

A cluster of farmer, environmental and North South organisations , together with the biggest consumer organisation in Flanders, Test Aankoop, demands GMO labelling, also for gm soy imports, and challenges biggest farmer union (Boerenbond) to support them. More (in Dutch).
Press Review - GMO Potato Courtcase 15 jan 2013

Press Review – GMO Potato Courtcase 15 jan 2013

Press Review around the Potato Trial of 15 January 2013. . . Video De Wereld Morgen (nl) TV-OOST (nl) VRT (nl) VRT (fr) Speeches van Lieven De Cauter (KUL) en Thierry Kesteloot (Oxfam Sol) (nl) Support messages on videos and pictures from Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace), Oxfam Wereldwinkels, Bioforum, Louis Debruyn, Karin Verelst, Vredesactie, Rajagopal, Anneleen...
Statement by the Voluntary Defendants at the Courtcase

Statement by the Voluntary Defendants at the Courtcase

DECLARATION VOLUNTARY DEFENDANTS We, European citizens of various backgrounds, professions, ages and genders, participated in the “great potato swap” in Wetteren on May 29, 2011, either by being present at this public and non-violent action, or by disseminating information about it, or by supporting the means of action taken. That is why we ask today...
15.01.2013 - Picture Report Potato Trial Day 2

15.01.2013 – Picture Report Potato Trial Day 2

Reportage Alter Tierra: http://www.flickr.com//photos/91623791@N06/sets/72157632579673802/show/ Reportage de Wereld Morgen: http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/foto/2013/01/15/fotoreportage-massale-steun-voor-wetterse-veldbevrijders

Soutien de l’Union des Fédérations d’Apiculture de Wallonie et Bruxelles (UFAWB)

L’U.F.A.W.B. soutient les 11 de Wetteren. L’U.F.A.W.B regroupe  l’ensemble des Fédérations apicoles de Wallonie et de Bruxelles. Elles mêmes regroupant les sections et rucher-écoles des différentes provinces. C’est donc plus de 1500 affiliés qui sont regroupés au sein de l’Union.

CP du Mouvement d’Action Paysanne – M.A.P. (14/1/13)

Communiqué de presse – Le Mouvement d’Action Paysanne Solidarité avec les 11 accusés du grand échange de patates OGM Le 15 janvier 2013, un procès important se tiendra à la cour de justice de Termonde, celui des 11 accusés de Wetteren. Pour la première fois en Belgique, des citoyens, des agriculteurs ainsi que des universitaires...

European Greens Support Potato Activists

You can find the solidarity statement here. Or underneath: Deliberate attempt to criminalise opposition to GMOs in Belgium In Spring 2011, a few hundred activists from the Field Liberation Movement that opposes GMO crops interfered with an outdoor field experimental trial by uprooting “mold resistant” GMO potatoes and replacing them with conventional and organic resistant...

Hot news: Biggest union in Wallonie FGTB supports Patatistas

Le FGTB soutient les Patatistes! Les 11 arracheurs de pommes de terre OGM ne sont pas seuls (version 140113) le nouveau liste des signataires (politique, syndical, ONG, individus, fermiers). De Waalse ABVV steunt nu, net als haar Vlaamse zusterpartij, de beklaagden in het Aardappelproces. Net als diverse ngo’s, boerenorganisaties, politici, academici, etc. De 11 van Wetteren...
Press Release: Belgium - Judges deny anti-GMO activists a fair trial

Press Release: Belgium – Judges deny anti-GMO activists a fair trial

Debate on GMOs refused by court Dendermonde/Brussels, 15/01/2013 – In the presence of a huge crowd of supporters from a range of organisations, the court of Dendermonde (Belgium) has denied 11 anti-GMO activists the legal right to a defence in court. The court refused to allow defence witnesses to give their statements, and also refused...

Le Mouvement d’Action Paysanne soutien les 11 accusés du grand échange de patates OGM

Le 15 janvier 2013, un procès important se tiendra à la cour de justice de Termonde, celui des 11 accusés de Wetteren. Pour la première fois en Belgique, des citoyens, des agriculteurs ainsi que des universitaires se sont mobilisés pour dire non à cette dangereuse criminalisation de l’action collective. Plus de cent personnes ont décidées...