|Activists board ship in Brazil / GM food? Not in my trolley! (22/4/2004)|
1.GE food? Not in my trolley!
Are you a European consumer? Now you have the power to make sure that your supermarkets and restaurants remain GE-free. New and much stricter EU labelling legislation is in place; with your help we can find the products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and name & shame them for everyone to see. The more people that help to reject the products, the easier it will be to maintain our right to say NO to GMOs: http://weblog.greenpeace.org/ge/action.html
For people not located in the EU you can still get involved writing letters to food producers, supermarkets and educating your friends and family about the dangers of GE. Check at our useful *Action Tool kit* to see how you can get involved: http://weblog.greenpeace.org/ge/kit.html
Check out all the latest GE actions happening around the globe here: http://www.greenpeace.org/stopGMO
The Rainbow Warrior is in Australia-Pacific working for a GE free future so find out what it is up to and take a sail through the history of our most famous ship: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/rainbow_warrior/
2.Activists board ship in Brazil
Our Brazilian Greenpeace activists have inspected the Saturn V today in the port of Rio Grande, as the ship is suspected to be loaded with soya contaminated by genetically engineered (GE) soya developed by US agrochemical giant, Monsanto.
Commercial growing of Monsanto's GE soya was illegal in Brazil until last year, when the Lula Government caved in to demands from Monsanto and farmers in Rio Grande do Sul who had been using Monsantos GE soya seeds smuggled across from Argentina. The first legal harvest of Monsanto's GE soya is now coming in and is about to enter the food chain in Brazil and its export markets.
"Consumers from all over the world reject GE food, and we call for that opposition to be respected," said Mariana Paoli, our campaigner on board the Arctic Sunrise. "Brazil is better without GE foods, but as we now have GE soya in Brazil, we need to ensure that the right to reject GE contamination is possible. GE contaminated soya must not be mixed with conventional soya, which could jeopardise Brazil's status as the worlds largest non-GE soya exporter."
New UN rules require the labelling of GE organisms in bulk shipments. Greenpeace Brazil has notified the Federal Government about the soya cargo, demanding the proper implementation of the national labelling rules and the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol.