Activists’ news

World March Against Monsanto !
Tens of thousands of activists from around the world will take part in March Against Monsanto this weekend to call for action against GM crops.

AntiSec dumps Monsanto data on the Web

March 1, 2012

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous go after the biotech giant, stating, "Your continued attack on the worlds food supply...has earned you our full attention."

The European Coordination Via Campesina demands that Monsanto compensate beekeepers

December 14, 2011

Following the decision of the European Court of Justice, pollen and honey containing pollen from MON 810 maize is not marketable for human consumption. In fact, Monsanto has "forgotten" to apply for approval for its use.

Combat Monsanto joins the european alliance for Lobbying Transparency

September 23, 2011

This summer Combat Monsanto joined the "Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation" (ALTER-EU). We will take part in the annual assembly in Brussels the 13rd and 14th october where we will work on the influence of food industry on public policy.

GM toxic soy is not ‘responsible’ : sign the petition and watch the video

Supermarkets are signing up to a new labelling scheme that promotes genetically modified soy, according to environmental groups.

Sainsbury’s is the latest major retailer to sign up the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) after Asda, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.

The scheme will label GM soy as "sustainable" as long as the farmer protects wildlife, uses pesticides in a responsible way and respects worker’s rights.

Dutch NGOs criticized by Belgian colleagues for support of misleading label for ’responsible soy’
Nine Belgian environmental and North/South organisations have expressed their concern about a ’responsible’ label on toxic soy, much of which will be GM. The letter has been sent to their Dutch collegues in Solidaridad, WWF, IUCN, Both Ends, ICCO and SNM.

Poor countries urged to get ready for synthetic biology
Environmental campaigners are urging developing countries to include the rapidly advancing science of synthetic biology — the building of new organisms using genes as biological ’bricks’ — in their biosafety legislation for genetically modified (GM) crops.

The false solutions to save the climate: Agribusiness Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and UNFCCC process
A new global economic order is emerging with agriculture — specifically biomass — as its nexus.

October 16th: International day of Action against Agribusiness and Monsanto
La Via Campesina calls for actions around the world to denounce the role of agribusinesses such as Monsanto and their destruction and corporatization of biodiversity and life.

GMO-Free Europe 2010 6th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions, Brussels and Ghent, 16th-18th September 2010
From the 16th to the 18th of September representatives of local, regional and national initiatives as well as organizations of farmers, environmental activists, consumers and critical scientists will meet in the European Parliament in Brussels.

EU proposals on GM crop approvals not acceptable until all major issues tackled
Proposals due to be presented today by the European Commission to speed up EU approvals of GMOs for cultivation by claiming to introduce a right to ban GM cultivation at national level should be "approached with extreme caution" according to GM Freeze.

Barroso’s empty GM deal
The European Commission’s offer to allow national bans on genetically modified crops is hollow and could be easily overturned in court.

Beware the EU Commission bearing gifts
Lately there has been media hype in Brussels regarding a new proposal by the European Commission aiming to solve a deadlock in the authorization of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

GM: higher production doesn’t mean wider acceptance

GM Watch: Watch the GM Video list
GM Watch has done a great compilation work of the best videos on GM and related issues.

GM: higher production doesn’t mean wider acceptance
GM production is up, but that doesn’t mean Latin Americans like or want it, say Luisa Massarani, Ildeu de Castro Moreira and Ana Maria Vara

Farmers can feed the world without technical fixes
This is an editorial written by Greenpeace International director and Friends of the Earth International Chair. It was first published as an OpEd in the Daily Monitor.

Cooking up a GM disaster on the streets of Brussels
EU health commissioner John Dalli picks up a copy of the anti-GMO spoof cookbook distributed to European Commission staff by Greenpeace ’chefs’ this morning in Brussels.

Stop patenting the food chain!
Meat claimed as invention by multinational company of Monsanto. Multinational seed corporations are following a consequent strategy to gain control over basic resources for food production

Greenpeace launched a new GMO Billboard Campaign
Brussels, Belgium — Greenpeace has responded to the European Commission’s controversial decision to authorise the Amflora genetically modified (GM) potato with a billboard campaign across Brussels.

European Conference on GMO-free Regions, Biodiversity and Rural Development
Save the date: GMO Free Europe 2010 -16 - 18 September 2010 6th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions in Brussels and Ghent - Call for Participation

NGO joint response to the conference ’GMOs in European Agriculture and Food Production’
NGOs have always pointed out the urgency to address the socio-economic impacts of GMOs. But the set up of this conference was biased towards the supposed benefits of GMOs. There was no time for real constructive debate.

GM-free Europe: how we could still ban GMOs
Re-nationalising decisions on growing GM crops would allow EU countries to declare themselves GM-free, but could bring new dangers Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are back on the agenda.

More Triffid flax found, suspected overseas
The flax variety that’s become the bane of the Canadian industry is now at least suspected to have turned up in 10 more flax shipments overseas.

EFSA green light on Monsanto GM maize sets up new clash between Commission and member states

WWF defends position on sustainable soy
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has defended its support of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), despite strong opposition from over 80 international environmental organizations.

USA: Launching of The World According to Monsanto
Winner of the Rachel Carson prize, an explosive exposé of the disturbing practices of the world’s most influential multinational agricultural corporation

Via Campesina: G8 Agriculture: It is not for rich countries to decide the agricultural policies of the poor!
(Brussels/Rome April 15, 2009) La Via Campesina will be mobilising against the meeting of the Agricultural ministers of the G8 in Treviso in Italy from the 17th to 20th of April. The G8, as well as representatives of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt will be meeting to discuss “technical” issues related to hunger and the food crisis internationally.

EU wary about pushing vote on France GM maize ban

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Not the Solution to World Hunger

The UN: Organic farming ’could feed Africa’.
Organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades, according to a major study from the United Nations.

Controversial Monsanto Chief Exec Hugh Grant in Glasgow this week
4 November 2008
Controversial Monsanto Chief Exec Hugh Grant is expected to be in Glasgow this week in his role as an advisor to the Scottish Enterprise Agency. However civil society group Common Action Scotland are demanding that Scottish Enterprise bosses dismiss the Monsanto CEO from its advisory board and are challenging Mr Grant to attend a public meeting to answer for the damage caused by his company and its business practices.

GM: The secret files by The Independent in Oct. 2007
Ministers are funding genetically modified crop projects with scores of millions of pounds every year and are colluding with a biotech company to ease its GM tests, the IoS can reveal. Geoffrey Lean on a murky tale that Whitehall tried to hide

The Independent: Europe’s secret plan to boost GM crop production
Gordon Brown and other European leaders are secretly preparing an unprecedented campaign to spread GM crops and foods in Britain and throughout the continent, confidential documents obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal.

Exposed: the great GM crops myth
Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent.
An article by The Independent, UK

Global Inflation for Agricultural Products: the price of Roundup rockets
The rising price of agricultural products in recent months brings a significant hike in the cost of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
We are in a global crisis which is a result of the failings of a policy of globalised agriculture, a policy which has long been denounced by all supporters of fair and sustainable agriculture.

INRA (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) reports on how organic agriculture benefits biodiversity.
Research from INRA (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) of July 2008 has reported that organic agriculture is the most beneficial type for biodiversity, and its positive effect is even greater if it takes place within a diverse landscape

The Guardian: Small Is Bountiful!
Peasant farmers offer the best chance of feeding the world. So why do we treat them with contempt?
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 10th June 2008

Monsanto’s fake parade of poor famers at Johannesburg.
How big biotech lobbyists and Monsanto setted up a fake march of "poor farmers" at the Summit of Johannesburg, using the slogan "I don’t need white NGOs to speak for me". A journalist has investigated behind the event to discover a international network of lobbyists leading straight to Monsanto.

EUROPE: Transgenic Crops’ Days May Be Numbered.
LISBON, Sep 16 (IPS) - Pressure from the president of the European Commission has not succeeded in advancing the cause of transgenic crops. In spite of the power wielded by the executive organ of the European Union, the bloc’s member countries are gradually discontinuing the use of genetically modified seeds.