An appeal from Poland to Indian activists

Just as the latest post on the Chemical Industry website said today, the drive to promote GM technology is not due to any desire to feed the world’s poor or improve the natural environment but by Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer’s desire for ever-increasing profit. We would add to these names a whole set of multinationals who profit from the processing and import/export of food.

Minutes after posting this we received a message from International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC), calling for international support to a growing farmers demo… now in 4 cities in Poland.

Polish demo land GMO
They have been on the street for three weeks and the government is trying to manipulate them to give up. We need international support to help
them keep going!

Food producers are protesting because:

  • Polish farm land is being sold to foreign multinationals through the exploitation of a loophole in the law. Farmers are rightly angry and are blocking the roads and admin centres associated with this scam.
  • Their right to sell their food locally and to grow GM-free crops is threatened.

The ICPPC, the Solidarity trade union, the nurses union, the farmers chamber and the bee keepers association are forming a united front able and willing to take-on the government and the corporations and to force a total ban of GM trading and planting.

Julian Jadwiga opening IPPCJulian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata opening a 2006 ICCPC Krakow conference

 After two years’ hard campaigning, in 2006 all Polish provinces (local government) had declared themselves as GMO-free and the Polish government passed an act which prohibited the use of GMO seeds and plants in agriculture.

But the Polish government is now trying to pass a correction to the GMO act which would allow the use of GMO seeds in so called ‘designated GMO areas’.

However, vested interest rallied, funding intensive pro-GMO propaganda on all levels: for academics (students and scientists), for farmers, politicians and consumers, paying for pro-GMO articles, organizing meetings and trainings where they distribute free materials — of course all saying how good GMO is. The Polish government is now trying to pass a correction to the GMO act which would allow the use of GMO seeds in so called ‘designated GMO areas’.

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Please send letters of support to the farmers via:

ICPPC – International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,
34-146 Stryszów 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114 biuro@icppc.pl
www.icppc.pl www.gmo.icppc.pl www.eko-cel.pl

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