GENTECH archive 8.96-97


Fwd: April 11 New Global Days of Action Update

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From:	alliance@MR.Net (Ronnie Cummins)
Date: 97-04-11 23:55:03 EDT

Global Days of Action Against Biotechnology & Cloning
Campaign Progress Report
April 11, 1997   by Ronnie Cummins, Pure Food Campaign USA
(218) 226-4164   Fax (218) 226-4157 email: <>
world wide web: <>

As of April 10, activists from 24 nations have committed themselves to
organize actions and press events against genetic engineering and cloning
during the week of April 20-27. A number of groups have planned actions as
well for the week of April 14-20. These countries and contact persons
include the following:

(1) United States--anti-biotech events in New York, Washington, D.C.,
Burlington, Vt., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Duluth,
Milwaukee, Madison, Detroit, Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, Tucson, Norwalk,
Ct., Albuquerque, Boulder, and Iowa City; with anti-biotech activities also
being incorporated into Earth Day Week activities in other cities as well.
Among some of the most newsworthy events will be grain dumps and street
protests in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
on April 21 and April 23 and teach-ins in Albuquerque April 20 and New York
City on April 27. Contact: Pure Food Campaign (Ronnie Cummins) Tel. (218)
226-4164 Fax. (218) 226-4157 e-mail: <>

USA April Events Contacts:

New York City (Mitchell Cohen Tel. 718-449-0037); (Andy Zimmerman Tel.
914-478-8639); (Asha Golliher Tel. 212-226-7171); (Greg Todd 718-858-8803).
NYC Events Planned: April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Forum on Biotechnology and Gene
Foods at Broooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West with
Dr. Michael Hansen from the Consumers Union and Mitchell Cohen from
Brooklyn Greens. Also in NYC on April 27 there will be an all-day teach-in
sponsored by the Learning Alliance starting at 10 a.m. at 324 Lafayette St.
7th Floor with speakers including Vandana Shiva, Debra Harry, Kristen
Dawkins, and Ronnie Cummins. After the teach-in there will be a street
protest at Monsanto's headquarters.

Washington, D.C. (Foundation on Economic Trends Tel. 202-466-2823). Protest
against biotech foods and cloning on April 22. Chicago street protest noon
April 21 (Jane Alexander Tel. 773-338-7182). Los Angeles (Steve Urow Tel.
310-399-9355) Student forum and press conference at noon April 21 at Pierce
College in Woodland Hills. Grain dump and press conference at Ralph's
Supermarket at Barrington & Olympic Streets in West L.A. on April 23 at
noon. San Francisco (Michael Phillips Tel. 415-695-1591), street action and
press conference at the Marina Safeway in S.F. on April 21 at noon.
Minneapolis-St. Paul (Pat Kerrigan Tel. 612-870-1473), protest and press
event at headquarters of Pillsbury Corporation in downtown Minneapolis at
noon April 23, followed by a forum that evening at First Universalist
Church (Dupont Ave. S. And 34th Street). Duluth, Mn. (Jan Conley
715-392-5782) Protest, free food, and literature distribution on the Duluth
Lakewalk near Leif Ericson Park noon April 26. Milwaukee (Louise Quigley
Tel. 414-962-2703 or Frances Bartelt Tel. 414-332-3576) protest in front of
FDA offices at 2675 N. Mayfair Road April 22 at 5:30 p.m. Madison (John
Peck Tel. 608-262-9036), protest and press event on steps of the Memorial
Union at Univ. of Wisconsin noon April 25. Detroit (Key Halverson Tel.
810-476-3403). Atlanta (Anne Melfi Tel. 404-365-9582). Austin (Neil Carmen
Tel. 512-288-5772). Tucson (Gwen Cadenhead Tel. 520-624-7893). Norwalk, Ct.
(Lela Florel Tel. 203-374-4646) grain dump and press conference at Pathmark
supermarket in Norwalk at noon on April 22. Albuquerque (Robin Seydel Tel.
505-265-4631), citywide teach-in on biotechnology with featured speaker
Brian Tokar on April 20 starting at 11:30 a.m at Silver Street entrance of
La Montanita Co-op, Carlisle & Amherst Streets. Iowa City (Teresa Carbrey
Tel. 319-338-0635) citywide teach-in April 22 featuring Beth Fitzgerald
from Greenpeace. Burlington, Vermont--teach-in and protest at the
University of Vermont April 22 (Alice Stokes 802-864-4665). Boulder,
Colorado April 24 forum on genetic engineering with featured speech by
Vandana Shiva at the University of Colorado.

(2) Canada--protest action planned at the GATT Codex Alimentarius labeling
meeting in Ottawa April 14 at 10 a.m. on Parliament Hill.  Also press
conference planned the following week for Prince Edward Island and
leafletting in Peterborough, Ontario. Contact: Council of Canadians (Dave
Robinson) Tel. (613) 233-2773 Fax. (613) 233-6776 e-mail <>
Also contact: Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food (Richard Wolfson)
e-mail: <>

(3) U.K.--continuous actions planned April 18-27 in London and a dozen
other cities by Women's Environmental Network and other groups. National
Conference of anti-biotech activists in Herefordshire April 18-20. Protests
against Monsanto and other biotech corporations April 21-22. Lobbying of
government and legislators April 23-24. Nationwide leafletting of
supermarkets on April 25-27. Contact: Women's Environmental Network
(Ricarda Steinbrecher or Zoe Elsord) Tel. +44-171-247-3327  Fax.
+44-171-247-4740 e-mail <>

(4) India--actions planned in April. Contact: Research Foundation for
Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy (Vandana Shiva) Tel.
+91-11-696-8077  Fax. +91-11-685-6795 e-mail <>

(5) Malaysia--actions planned by Third World Network and Consumers
Association of Penang. Contact: Third World Network (Martin Khor) Tel.
+60-4-226-6728  Fax. +60-4-226-4505 e-mail <>

(6) Philippines--actions (still tentative) planned by Center for
Alternative Development Initiatives. Contact CADI (Nicky Perlas) Tel.
+63-2-928-3986 Fax. +63-2-928-7608 e-mail: <>

(7) France--actions planned in Paris by Ecoropa and other groups. Contact:
Ecoropa (Etienne Vernet) Tel. +33-1-43-38-38-17 Fax. +33-1-43-38-37-88
e-mail: <>

(8) Austria --actions planned by Global 2000 including an important
national referendum on biotech foods April 14. Contact: Global 2000 (Daniel
Hausknost) Tel. +431-812-57300 Fax. +431-812-5728 e-mail

(9) Netherlands--protest action planned by ASEED, the
Amsterdam-headquartered European youth network on April 18 in Amsterdam.
Leafletting by Natuurwetpartij (e-mail <>) across
the country. Contact: ASEED (Stephanie Howard or Rod Harbinson) Tel.
+31-20-668-2236  Fax. +31-20-665-0166 e-mail: <>

(10) Spain--Actions planned by AEDENAT, the Ecological Association for the
Defense of Nature. Simultaneous street actions and petition gathering in
front of government buildings in Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Sevilla,
Valladolid, Zaragoza, Oviedo, Logrono, Santander, and Burgos. Motions to be
introduced in more than 500 city councils and provincial parliaments, and
public speeches and forums in Gijon (Asturias), Marbella (Malaga), Daganzo
(Madrid), Almeria (University), Ecija (Sevilla), and other cities. Contact:
AEDENAT (Ramon Duran) Tel. +34-1-319-8782  Fax. +34-91-571-7108 e-mail:
<> <>

(11) Australia--activities planned by Australian GeneEthics Network and
Australian Consumers Association. Protest at Monsanto's headquarters in
Melbourne at noon April 23. International videoconference on biotech
sponsored by Consumers Association in Sydney April 16. Contact: GeneEthics
Network (Bob Phelps) Tel. +61-3-9416-2222  Fax. +61-3-9416-0767  e-mail:
Australian Consumers Association (Carole Renouf) Tel. +61-2-9577-3332 Fax.
+61-2-9973-2328  e-mail: <>

(12) Japan--actions planned by Network for Safe and Secure Food and
Environment and Consumers Union. Public protest in Tokyo April 23. Seminars
and forums in a number of Japanese cities April 25-30. Contact: NESSFE
(Mika Iba) Tel.+ 813-3327-6444  Fax. +813-3325-5890 e-mail: <>
Consumers Union of Japan (Setsuko Yasuda) Tel. +813-3711-7766  Fax

(13) Sweden--actions planned, including a protest at the American Embassy.
For further information contact Martin Frid Tel & Fax. +46-479-10010 e-mail

(14) Norway--actions planned including a march by small farmers and
anti-biotech activists in Oslo April 22. Contact: GATT WTO Campaign (Helge
Christie) Tel. & Fax. +47-6249-6096 e-mail: <>

(15) Belgium--actions planned. Contact: Pesticide Action Network Belgium
(Catherine Wattiez) Tel. +322-358-2926  Fax. +322-358-2926 e-mail
Also contact: CPAQ (Patrick Vander Linden) Tel. +322-218-4727 Fax.
+322-217-6078 e-mail <>
Also contact: BRABANT Ecologie (Christian Jacques) Tel. and Fax
+322-633-1048 e-mail < (Taty Lauwers)

(16) Denmark--Protest march by Danish environmental organization Ecotopia
starting at Monsanto's headquarters in Copenhagen during Global Action
Week. Contact Ecotopia (Svenning) Tel. +45-3135-3540

(17) Germany--actions planned in Bonn, Munich, Dusseldorf (April 26)
Bochum, and Cologne (Teach-in on Genetic Engineering April 26, march to
proposed location of Bio-Genetic Center April 27). Contact Gen-Ethisches
Network (Werner Reisberger) Tel.+ 49-234-540-294  Fax. +49-234-540-239
e-mail: <> Also contact AntiGen in Cologne-Kalk
(Christiane Niesel) Tel. +49-221-830-2561

(18) Switzerland--action planned for Basel April 21 at Novartis corporate
office. Contact: No Patents on Life (Florianne Koechlin) Tel.
+41-61-411-26-34 Fax. +41-61-411-26-88  e-mail <>

(19) Poland--actions planned. Contact Krakow Green Federation (Darek Szwed)
e-mail <>

(20) Hungary--actions planned. Contact Daniel Swartz and Ada Amon e-mail
<> or <>

(21) New Zealand--ongoing actions. Contact Natural Food Commission (Guy
Hatchard) Tel. +9-522-1043  Fax. +9-524-6003 e-mail <>

(22) Georgia--activities planned. Contact: Georgia Greens and Biological
Farming Association "Elkana" (Mariam Jordjadze or Keti Nemsadze) Fax
+995-32-22-19-65 e-mail <> or <>

(23) Ethiopia--activities planned in conjunction with a meeting on plant
genetic resources and food security. Contact: Institute for Sustainable
Development (Sue Edwards and Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher) e-mail

(24) Brazil--activities planned. Contact: IDEC (Brazilian Institute for
Consumer Protection) (Marilena Lazzarini Tel. +55-11-65-8151 Fax.
+55-11-62-9844  e-mail: <>
*     *     *

A number of activists have requested a sample press release to make
available to media in their respective countries. The Foundation on
Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. have prepared the following one-page
press release as a model or prototype. Groups may simply substitute the
name of their group, location, time, and event description (and substitute
appropriate polling information and quotes from their spokesperson) in
place of the USA information included in this prototype.




(Washington, D.C.) : The Foundation on Economic Trends announced today the
first global protests of the Biotech Age--with demonstrations, picket
lines, and press conferences scheduled for 25 U.S. cities and 23 other
nations. U.S. cities where anti-biotech actions will take place on the week
of April 20-27 include New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta, Austin, Tucson,
Albuquerque, and Iowa City. Anti-biotech actions are also scheduled during
Earth Day week activities on scores of college campuses.

NGO's in 23 other nations will also be taking to the streets to protest
animal and human cloning, genetically engineered foods and patents on life.
Protests and press conferences are scheduled for the United Kingdom,
Canada, India, Malaysia, The Philippines, France, Germany, The Netherlands,
Spain, Austria, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Italy, Norway, Belgium,
Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, New Zealand, Ethiopia, and Georgia.

The global protests are a response to the recent introduction of
genetically engineered foods onto the world market, last month's revelation
of the first cloning of a mammal and the quickened pace of patents on
transgenic plants, animals and human genes.

The first genetically engineered food crops--Monsanto's controversial
herbicide-resistant soybeans and Ciba Geigy's gene spliced corn were
introduced to Europe and other world markets in November of last year and
ignited a storm of controversy among angry consumers demanding labeling.
According to a recent poll 93% of Americans want all genetically engineered
foods clearly labeled and many consumers say they will not buy foods that
are genetically engineered.

The cloning of a sheep in Scotland last month has raised further concerns
among citizens in countries around the world and led to calls for
legislation to ban all animal and human cloning. A Feb. 26 Time/CNN poll
found 93% of Americans opposed to human cloning and 66% opposed to animal

The increased pace of patents on transgenic animals and human genes has
raised similar concerns.  In 1995 more than 200 American religious
leaders--Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu--publicly
announced their  opposition to the patenting of transgenic animals and
human genes and vowed to mobilize support within the nation\'d5s religious
denominations and congregations.

Commenting on the unprecedented international campaign, biotech critic
Jeremy Rifkin said "Civilization stands at the cusp of a frightening new
era of cloning, genetic engineering, and eugenics. The time has arrived for
concerned citizens the world over to stand up and make their voices
heard--to launch a new global movement dedicated to defending and
preserving the Earth's rich genetic heritage. The first global protests
against biotech mark a new era of international activism" Rifkin concluded.


A Campaign Request:

Please email or fax specific information on the events planned in your area
or country if you have not already done so. This will help the Pure Food
Campaign as we talk to media and activists around the world. Also please
keep track of the media who contact you in your country, and let us know
about the success of your activities. Please have someone take photos of
your events and send us a copy as well. Feel free to call or contact us if
you want advice or information on what types of events are taking place
across the world. For additional background information on the issues, you
may wish to access our world wide web site
<> which in turn is linked to other web
sites around the world such as Greenpeace and the Third World Network. We
congratulate you all for your hard work and creativity in making these
first Global Days of Action Against Genetic Engineering and Gene-Foods a
tremendous success.

Regards and Solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins for the Pure Food Campaign