European Union GMO campaign success
EU GMO campaign success!
Thanks to your amazing support, we managed to prevent pro-GMO countries from wrecking yesterday's important EU environment ministers' meeting on Genetically Modified Organisms and food safety.
Over 70,000 messages were sent to EU politicians, including over 3,000 sent directly in the last 48 hours to the UK and German ministers!
Yesterday, EU member states sent a clear signal to the European Commission that we need to improve the way risks from GM crops are assessed -- risks to the environment, to our health and to the lives of millions of farmers.
In a nutshell, EU environment ministers have agreed:
The long-term effects of GMOs on the environment, living organisms and health need to be assessed.
There should be independent scientific research on GMOs, and access to information that is currently kept secret by agro-biotech companies.
The European Food Safety Authority should consider the environmental impact of herbicides spread over GM crops. They also said that pesticide-producing GM crops should be treated in the same way as chemical pesticides.
Regions and local communities have a right to establish GM-free zones.
Unfortunately though, we didn't get everything we wanted from this meeting. The text is generally good, but we need to continue campaigning for it to be implemented and the wrong bits made right.
For now, please show some solidarity for the campaign in Australia to introduce labelling and testing laws there for GM food.
Thank you for your support! Eat well this holiday season, and stay tuned for more GE campaign opportunities in 2009.