Beyond sanitary issues, GMO present ethic and environmental problems : They are a threat to biodiversity, food safety and food sovereignty.
The Guide is the product of a process which started early in 2001. It is the result of the collaboration of IUCN Environmental Law Centre and
the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development
(FIELD), later joined by the World Resources Institute. It is also the result of a consultation process over nearly two years. Link : Carthagena Protocol website
You can find plainty of informations on the following links and documents:
The renaissance in farmer varieties has been accompanied and
carried onwards by a groundswell of awareness on the part of
professional farmers, as well as the general public, of the need to turn
towards agro-ecological cultivation practices. The movement must
meet the challenge of finding its place in a difficult, even hostile,
economic and regulatory environment, the consequence of decades of
productivist agricultural policies subsidising the creation of varieties
meeting exclusively industrial needs.
How do international regulations affect farmer seeds? What are the
threats to farmers’ rights over their seeds, the foundation of food
sovereignty? This dossier aims to shed some light on these questions.
The agribusiness transnationals are bearing down on Latin America with a force recalling their initial assault under the banner of the “green revolution” in the 1960s, or the first incursion of genetically engineered (GE) organisms (also known as GMOs or genetically modified organisms) in the 1990s. From one end of the continent to the other, and under different guises, the GMO invasion is threatening the livelihoods and the health of millions of peasants, first peoples, and consumers.
Mexico City, November 20, 2012. In the next few days, the multinationals Monsanto, DuPont and Dow are expecting a positive response from the Mexican Government to sow 2.4 million hectares of GM maize in Mexico, a surface area equivalent to that of El Salvador. The situation is extremely alarming since Mexico is the world’s centre of maize diversity, with thousands of varieties in the fields of peasant and indigenous communities. Maize is currently one of the world’s three main food staples, so the contamination of Mexican maize by dangerous GMOs is a threat to the entire planet.
Via Campesina calls upon its organizations to organize a major offensive and to remain alert. in the face of this offensive, we must mobilize in all countries: filing complaints at headquarters of the multinationals Monsanto, DuPont and Dow and with the governments that support them; filing complaints with bodies such as the FAO and the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD); pressuring Mexican embassies throughout the world; organizing demonstrations and other actions; disseminating the information through all possible media. The people and peasant communities of Mexico resist the multinationals. Reject this attack on life across the planet!
NO TO GM MAIZE! KEEP MONSANTO OUT!
GLOBALIZE STRUGGLE, GLOBALIZE HOPE!