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Re: International Federation of Organic Farming Movements declaration against genetic engineering

My name is thierry RAFFIN I'am french. I fight to French ecologist sides, against
the introduction of GMO in France and in Europe. Several associations are
currently mobilized in France in this struggle : GreenPeace, Friends of the Earth
and Stop to OGM to quote only the most important. Perhap's, You know can be terms
of the debate in Europe. Currently the regulation is in full evolution and in full
I send you these messages of news (AFP) . I have not the time to translate them. I
hope that somebody among members of the list,  knows to read the french language
to be made the echo of our struggle in Europe.

Following Message is name " GMO : news from France"

Beth von Gunten a écrit:

> [exerpt from:]
> December, 1998
> Organizations from sixty countries attending the yearly conference of the
> International Federation of Organic Farming Movements at  Mar del Plata,
> Argentina ratified a declaration against the use of genetic engineering on the
> 21st of November:
> "IFOAM is calling for governments and regulatory agencies throughout the
>     world to immediately ban the use of genetic engineering in agriculture and
>     food production since it involves:
>  Unacceptable threats to human health
>  Negative and irreversible environmental impacts
>  Release of organisms of a non-recallable nature
>  Removal of the right of choice, both for farmers and consumers
>  Violation of farmersí fundamental property rights and endangerment of
>     their economic independence
>  Practices which are incompatible with the principles of sustainable
>     agriculture as defined by IFOAM".
> While the GEO/GMO controversy continues unabated in Europe at high levels of
> political and regulatory government, kindred spirits in the United States are
> finally making some headway with the press and government officials. It was
> reported  frequently last month  that USDA  Secretary Dan Glickman was
> concerned about the issues raised by Michael Pollanís cover article " Fried,
> Mashed or Zapped With DNA?" in the October 24 issue of the New York Times
> Magazine.
> Getting the mainstream media to cover this issue has been an uphill struggle.
> Civil disobedience is one avenue that results in some coverage, whether its a
> pie in the face for Robert Shapiro, the CEO of Monsanto, or an illegal potato
> harvest in Scotland with the video cameras running. The destruction of GEO/GMO
> test planting sites in the United Kingdom and Europe have been going on for
> over a year. In California, protesters partially destroyed a University of
> California GMO crop, and in India the Karnataka State Farmers Association has
> begun "cremating" fields planted to genetically engineered cotton. Farm
> leaders in Maharastra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh states had similar actions
> underway in the last week of November.
> Genetic engineering technology is going to be the biggest threat to
> sustainable organic agriculture for years to come. Because it is molecular and
> non-degradable it pervades, and invades forever, microbial soil technologies,
> livestock feeds and supplements, raw and processed human foods and vitamins,
> and should cause us to ask questions about sources  of manures, seeds, and
> organic fertility inputs like cotton seed meal and alfalfa meal. Corn gluten
> is being hailed as a good potential herbicide in organic systems. Should we
> use it if it comes from genetically modified corn?
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