GENTECH archive 8.96-97
Fwd: Greenpeace GE campaign update...
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- Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 08:16:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reclaim The Streets)
Date: 97-04-09 15:00:17 EDT
>Herewith the lastest update from the Greenpeace GE campaign.
>07 April 1997
>EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION EXPECTED
>This week the European Parliament is expected to vote on the
>resolution condemning the European Commission for acting unilaterally
>and ignoring 13/15 member states over Bt Maize. This is likely to
>have no amendments and to be supported by all parties. Final wording
>of the resolution will be circulated, and the resolution used in
>campaign work right around Europe. .. stop press: overwhelming vote
>against GE Maize!!
>EUROPEAN COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW LABELLING LAWS
>The European Commission last week announced its new laws on labelling
>for GMOs. These laws are very weak, and would not even cover products
>currently listed, including the Bt Maize or the RRS soya beans. It
>would not give the consumer a choice nor would it lead to segregation.
> Greenpeace has roundly criticised it.
>US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO MEET EU OFFICIALS
>The US Department of Agriculture has summoned European Union officials
>to a meeting in Washington 17-18 April to discuss GE, and to put more
>pressure on the Commission to authorise more GE and to reject Article
>16. The US is using the argument that the Commission breaches the WTO
>and threatens to take the Commission to court over it.
>AUSTRIA GOES INTO REFERENDUM
>The people of Austria vote this week on whether they want GMOs. The
>Austrian office's public work has placed GMO's at number one on the
>media agenda. As one campaigner said "Austria joining NATO? Not an
>issue -- just GE". GP Austria's press conference last week with UK
>scientist Mae-Wan Ho on the worst case scenario was extremely well
>covered. The chances of the referendum going our way are very, very
>good. All recent polls show that between 75-86% of the Austrian
>population objects to GE in food and agricultural products. Between
>40-55% of the voting public have said they will take part in the
>referendum. The results will be announced at 8 pm on April 14.
>Meanwhile the largest dairy company in Austria, Berglandmilch, has
>announced it will be GE free. It supplies 50% of the Austrian market
>and has export markets right around Europe.
>SWISS TOBLERONE WITHDRAWN/COURT CASE OUTCOME
>Swiss food processor Kraft Jakob Suchard, after a spot-check,
>discovered GE lecithin in their factory. As a result they withdrew
>all the contaminated stock off the shelves. The stock happened to be
>their most famous brand, Toblerone chocolate. KJS have gone GE free
>and have also gone to great lengths to get the contaminated stock
>back, including all exports. Unfortunately the news spread to
>Austria, Germany and Sweden where retailers were rejecting all
>Toblerone. After discussions with the company, Greenpeace put out a
>press release congratulating KJS for acting in a responsible manner,
>and putting the focus onto Nestle which is the real culprit when it
>comes to chocolate.
>The Minister of the Interior has stated that the parties taking the
>government to court over GE are legitimate, and GE soy is now legal.
>This has caused much anger in Switzerland, down to even the
>conservative press. The case will now be taken to the Supreme Court,
>thus holding up the process yet again and also throwing GE soy's
>legality back into question.
>DANISH IMPORTER BEING EVASIVE
>The largest importer of soy products into Denmark, US company Central
>Soya is being extremely evasive about whether it is importing GE-free.
> Says it tried last year but failed, so it exported all of its GE
>soy off around Europe But suddenly, after customers want GE-free,
>it comes up with a whole lot from 1995 that it just happened to have
>sitting around. All very suspicious. Investigations continuing.
>SWEDISH OILMILL AND RETAILER GOES GE FREE AFTER GP CAMPAIGN
>As the Greenpeace Sweden push continues, the campaign has won two
>important victories. The country's only soya mill, Karlshamn, after
>five days of Greenpeace following all deliveries from the mill to the
>customers, has now gone GE-free. This was followed swiftly by the
>largest Swedish Cooperative, KF, also going GE-free.
>PRESS CONFERENCE IN BUDAPEST RAISES ISSUE IN CEE
>Press conference held last week in Budapest to address the issue of GE
>in Central and Eastern Europe. Very successful press conference, with
>Iza Kruscewsca and Georg Stuber (GP Sweden), and the local NGOs where
>the report "Playing God" was released. This is part of Greenpeace's
>ongoing outreach work in CEE where we are working with national NGO's
>and forwarding them information about the issue. The Austrian
>referendum will have a major impact on the CEE. The environmental
>movement about GE in the CEE is large and on the internet; a web-site
>will be set up soon.
>DUTCH ACTION A SUCCESS
>Greenpeace Netherlands held a successful action against Unilever which
>received good print press coverage and are now engaged in an ongoing
>poster campaign against the company. Meetings have been held with
>GERMAN FARMERS POLL SHOWS 60% AGAINST GE/ACTION IN COLOGNE
>Greenpeace Germany held a spectacular banner action at Cologne
>Cathedral which received reasonable press coverage. The German push
>continues with press conference being held this week to announce a
>poll of German farmers where 60% of them do not support GE. The
>supermarket push begins in earnest in Germany this week.
>ARGENTINIAN SOY SUPPLIER WANTS GE FREE MARKET
>Argentinian soy company Argensoja has contacted Greenpeace in Spain
>and in Argentina to try to secure a GE-free certificate and supply to
>Europe. Both offices are working with the company, which could spell
>the start of Argentinian segregation.
>MONSANTO CONTINUES TO EXPAND
>Meanwhile Monsanto, in just two weeks, has invested about $1.25
>billion in company takeovers: Calgene, the lead company in genetic
>engineering technology and creators of the Flavr Savr tomato, along
>with a large seed company, Holden Seeds.
>GREENPEACE GREECE CAMPAIGNS ON SOYA
> Greenpeace Greece reports that the international GE campaign has
> received great coverage in Greece, fed by international actions and
> the distribution of materials by GP Greece. The Toblerone release
> Easter got a huge response, with interviews still taking place on 4
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