FoEE GMO campaign 2008-9 Some highlights …. May 2008. European Commission “orientation debate on GMOs”
FoEE GMO campaign 2008-9
Some highlights ….
“Today's European Commission decision to send three controversial genetically modified crops back to its food safety agency is a huge vote of no confidence in the EU's approval system claim Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace, who say it raises serious concerns about the ability of the agency to check the safety of GM crops.”
BUT – Dimas’ proposal to reject two Bt maize not upheld
….. Visit to the Argentinean and Brazilian Embassies (!), followed by a phone call to the Financial Times…
Environmental campaigners, however, say warnings that the EU could be unable to find supplies are scaremongering. Diplomatic sources in Brazil and Argentina, which supply almost all the EU’s animal feed supplies and soya for processed food, also question the apocalyptic scenario.
Financial Times, June 24th 2008
Groups in Cyprus put pressure on Commissioner, decision is successfully stalled
“The recent surge in agricultural commodity prices could be exacerbated by trade obstacles related to GMOs”
Who Benefits from GM crops
at a time of food price crisis?
Biotech industry fakes
growth of GM crops in Europe
February 25th, European Voice:
EU rejects plans for new GM crops
“Helen Holder of the campaigning group Friends of the Earth Europe said that the GMs in question are developed to tolerate a pesticide that the European Parliament has said should be phased out due to risks on human health. “These crops should not be grown in Europe,” she said.”
Sunday March 1st – FoEE Director makes speech on national bans to European Ministers:
“As Ministers, you have an obligation to take International Agreements and Rulings into account. It is our firm opinion that by voting tomorrow for the safeguard clause you will be respecting these obligations.
Your vote tomorrow at the Environment Council is not a vote about trade: it is about environmental and health safety, and about Members States’ right to decide what level of risk is acceptable for their citizens.”
FoEE director also takes time to speak privately with German minister’s rep, upon which all hinges. The ministers is feeling the pressure both from campaigners (over 22 000 emails in a little over 2 days), and from Chancellor Merkel who is generally pro-GMO….. Vote moved to the morning so that Minister can support Hungary and Austria “before Berlin wakes up” ….
Environment groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) welcomed the vote, describing it as a "victory for the environment, farmers and consumers, and a major embarrassment for the Commission".
"For the fourth time, EU governments have rejected a Commission proposal to lift national bans on GM crops. What part of 'no' does the Commission not understand?," asked Greenpeace EU GMO policy director Marco Contiero. His comments were echoed by FoEE's Helen Holder, who urged the EU executive to "abandon its unpopular proposals once and for all and get down to the real work of improving GMO risk assessments in the EU, as ministers have requested". (Euractiv, March 3rd )
March 12th, Economist:
“European governments are turning against the European Commission, with mischief in mind”
The ball is rolling ….
GM CROPS OUT OF SPAIN!