September 16th, 2010: Field Liberation Movement organises a first public action in Front of the European Parliament. Brussels minister Evelyne Huyttebroeck participates and declares Brussels GMO-free

November 2010: the University of Ghent, BASF, the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB), the Flemish institute for Agriculture & Fishery Research (ILVO) and the Hogeschool Gent ask the permission for a field trial with 108 genetically manipulated potatos

November 2010: 1688 people send a letter of opposition against the potato field trial

February 10th, 2010 : The Belgian biosafety council  is divided. Three experts give a negative advice for the field trial, yet the council advices positively for the field trial.

February 2011: Thirteen farmers ask the minister not to approve the field trial.

March, 4th 2011: The ministries authorise the field trial

May 4th, 2011: Under large media attention, world’s most secured potato field is inaugurated in Wetteren (BE)

May 6th, 2011: Belgian environmental and farmers organisations declare the field trial un-wanted and useless.

May 7th, 2011: the Field Liberation Movement invites neighbours and scientists for a Potato Genespotting.

May 29th, 2011: “Big Potato Swap” : Hundreds of activists join for a public and non-violent action day to bring attention to the need for a sustainable agriculture system. They decontaminate the GM potato field trial

June 3rd, 2011: One of the activists is fired from her university because of her participation in the actions of the Field Liberation Movement. More then four thousand people, among which Ken Loach, Noam Chomsky and Desmond Tutu oppose this violation against the freedom of speech and ask the University of Leuven to re-instate Barbara Van Dyck (more here). Tens of debates take place in Belgium on GMOs and the role of universities in society.

July 21st, 2011: The Jaap Kruithof Prijs for democracy is awarded to the FLM (video)

December 8th, 2011: the Field Liberation Movement intervenes and analyses a GMO promotion seminar at the University of Ghent. One of the Consortium spokeswomen explains the media strategy that to repack a demonstration field into a scientific experiment.

May 8th, 2012: Start of a courtcase. 11 activists are accused of belonging to a criminal gang for their participation in the big potato swap.

July 12th, 2012: 91 people from the environmental and agricultural sectors, academics and politicians rallied behind the defendants and put themselves forward to join them in the dock as voluntary defendants

August 2nd , 2012: a judge declared the authorisation of the field trial illegal

January, 15th 2013: Trial of the potato activists. Two hundred sympathisers gather in front of the court. The activists and their lawyers leave the court after the judges refusal to hear expert testimonies or to view video footage called in by the activists.

February, 12th 2013: The court of Dendermonde convicts the 11 activists by default of gang formation. With this verdict, the Belgian court  has fundamentally undermined the right of citizens to freedom of speech. The fieldliberators oppose the judgement and ask for a new trial.

April, 2nd 2013: Start of the new trial at the court of Dendermonde

May, 28 2013:  The trial is finally discussed.  The real debate on the future of Science and agriculture is discussed outside the court in an PubliekExpertisePublique

September, 24th 2013: The 11 are convicted for organised crime. Suspended prison sentences for pulling up unlawfully planted GM potatoes!

October 8, 2013: the 11 appeal their conviction

3 juin 2014 : patatistes en appel.The courtcase is postponed to better study the implications of the recent verdict of the Faucheurs in France. In May 2014, the Colmar court acquitted 50 faucheurs  after destroying a GM test field of a public research institute.

October 28th, 2014: the 11 appear at the Ghent Court of Appeal

December 23rd, 2014 : court ruling at Ghent court of appeal