Citizen Resistance

Opposition to biotech giant Monsanto growing worldwide, new report shows

April 4, 2012

The new report, jointly produced by La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International and Combat Monsanto - available in English, French and Spanish [1] - provides snapshots of frontline struggles against Monsanto and other agrochemical corporations pushing genetically modified (GM) crops onto farmers and into the environment.

The ’Organised Irresponsibility’ of GM corporations and a new generation of GM activism
Genetically Modified (GM) crops are on the rise within the EU. In the UK, the coalition government have declared an intention to be the most pro-GM government this country has ever seen. Corporate Watch reported on the implications of these EU level changes in 2010. Here we present Organised Irresponsibility a new pamphlet on GM in Germany, and some information on past and present anti-GM organising in the UK.

Beekeepers fume at association’s endorsement of fatal insecticides
The British Beekeepers’ Association sold its logo to four chemical firms for use on insecticide packaging despite the products being fatal to bees, made by major chemical companies.

Over a million EU citizens finally have their say on GM crops
Can you imagine how it feels to cross the finishing line of a marathon race... the smile, the thrill, the excitement, the urge to hug the fellows athletes, and also the exhaustion, the feeling of just sitting down to take several breaths before articulating a word?

Europeans wary of GMO foods
Despite efforts from biotechnology companies such as Monsanto to promote GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods, a new poll announced November 12 shows that as many as 95 percent of European respondents rate GMO foods as potentially unsafe and lacking real benefits.

What African Farmers Got Right (african response to the documentary on channel 4)
The programme suggests that were it not for the external pressure of Northern environmental organisations, Africans would be happily eating Genetically Modified foods by now, and hunger would be a distant memory.

First ’Citizens’ Initiative’ to call for GM crop freeze
The petition for a Europe free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has hit the one million signatories target and will be handed to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, campaigners have announced.

France and Poland join challenge against Commission decision to authorise antibiotic-resistance GM potato
( - Brussels - A growing number of European countries are challenging the European Commission’s decision to authorise the cultivation of BASF’s antibiotic-resistance genetically modified ( GM ) potato, said Greenpeace.

Take action : GM Food, get the facts first
The EC has just allowed GM crops into Europe, ignoring the concerns of the public. We’ve signed an important new Avaaz petition for independent research and a moratorium on GM crop development. With 1 million citizens’ signatures, we can make an official legal request to the European Commission.

Phantoms in the machine: GM corn spreads to Mexico
I LANDED in Oaxaca, Mexico, in October 2006. Nestled in the heart of a lush landscape of green mountains, the city is considered one of the jewels of the country’s tourist industry. I was here, however, to investigate contaminated corn.

Launch of ’responsible’ soy label face global opposition - new scheme opposed by 235 civil society groups

GM Wheat rejected by 233 Consumer, Farmer Groups in 26 Countries
OTTAWA, MONTREAL, WASHINGTON, TOKYO and SYDNEY - 233 consumer and farmer groups in 26 countries have joined the "Definitive Global Rejection of GM Wheat"

Why I Still Oppose Genetically Modified Crops
Introduced more than a decade ago, genetically modified crops are now planted on millions of acres throughout the world. But the fundamental questions about them remain — both about their safety and their long-term impact on global food security and the environment. By Verlyn Klinkenborg

Peasants Worldwide Rise up Against Monsanto, GMOs
Mexico, 16 October 2009) Today, International World Food Day, as declared by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, La Via Campesina is mobilizing globally along with allies in an overwhelming expression of outright rejection of Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), in the name of food sovereignty.

Monsanto a Focus of US Antitrust Investigation
The Justice Department is investigating whether Monsanto Co. violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops.

Cyberaction : Dutch government finances irresponsible soya
Write to the Dutch government and ask them to scrap all support for the dubious soya greenwashing initiative.

Pesticides action network : Take cyberaction and tell Obama to investigate Monsanto
Tell Obama’s Antitrust Czar: Investigate Monsanto President Obama’s antitrust chief Christine Varney has promised rigorous enforcement of antitrust law with a special focus on the agricultural sector. She should start with the worst of the worst, Monsanto. Sign the petition to demand that Varney immediately open an investigation into Monsanto and its abusive business practices.

GMWatch launches new myth-busting website
The new site has been designed to be user-friendly, making it easy to navigate what George Monbiot has called "the world’s most comprehensive database on the impacts and the politics of genetically engineered crops."[2] This includes GMWatch’s archive of nearly a decade of news and analysis from GMWatch’s daily, weekly and monthly lists, including material translated into several other languages.

Fighting GMO contamination around the world
Ever since GMOs were first introduced in the mid-1990s, farmers’ groups and NGOs have warned that they would contaminate other crops. This has happened, just as predicted. In this article we look at how communities in different parts of the world that have experienced contamination are developing strategies to fight against it.

Action Alert - Petition to Obama for MEANINGFUL GMO labeling!

Friends of the Earth: who benefits from gm crops? monsanto and the corporate-driven genetically modified crop revolution.
In 1994, a genetically modified (GM) crop was commercialized by Monsanto in the United States for the first time. Two years later, the first significant areas of land devoted to GM crops were sown, over 1 million hectares, the vast majority of which were in the United States. Ten years later, there are 80 million hectares of GM crops around the world, primarily in the United States, followed by Argentina and Canada.

France and Europe: SUMMIT OF THE GENE, 27&28 October.

MM Robin gives evidence at the trial of “José and the 40 volunteer reapers”

17 April: More than 250 actions around the world for the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle