Monday, June 16, 2008

These genetically modified organisms (GMO)

These genetically modified organisms (GMO) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.
Their release is 'genetic pollution' and is a major threat because GMOs cannot be recalled once released into the environment.
Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied the right to know about GE ingredients in the food chain, and therefore losing the right to avoid them despite the presence of labelling laws in certain countries.
Biological diversity must be protected and respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world's fundamental keys to survival. Governments are attempting to address the threat of GE with international regulations such as the Biosafety Protocol.

We believe:

GMOs should not be released into the environment as there is not adequate scientific understanding of their impact on the environment and human health.
We advocate immediate interim measures such as labelling of GE ingredients, and the segregation of genetically engineered crops and seeds from conventional ones.
We also oppose all patents on plants, animals and humans, as well as patents on their genes. Life is not an industrial commodity. When we force life forms and our world's food supply to conform to human economic models rather than their natural ones, we do so at our own peril.

Romania — Environmental activists today placed an entire island under strict quarantine after finding illegal genetically modified (GMO) soya being grown there.
Bralia Island in Romania is normally a quiet farming area on the Danube river but now it is the site of a huge environmental contamination by soya that has been genetically modified by the agricultural-chemical company, Monsanto.

The peaceful action in Romania began early in the morning when 30 Greenpeace activists from across Europe set up a 'decontamination station' at the ferry harbour area on Braila Island.

All vehicles leaving the island were decontaminated by being thoroughly washed to prevent the genetic contamination from spreading further.

It is illegal for member states of the European Union (EU) which includes Romania, to cultivate GMO Soya. Greenpeace is calling on the Romanian government and the European Commission to act immediately to locate and destroy all of the illegally cultivated GMO Soya.

"We have taken action to protect the rest of Romania from contamination by these illegal GMO crops, which pose massive risks to the environment, biodiversity and human heath. Romanian people have overwhelmingly rejected GMO," said Gabriel Paun, Greenpeace Romania, GMO campaigner.

"This is not the first time Greenpeace has discovered illegal GMO production in Romania, the situation is out of control. The Government must immediately locate and destroy all of the crops before they enter the food chain."

At the same time as activists were decontaminating Bralia Island in Romania, more activists were busy taking action against another site of GMO contamination in France. 20 volunteers painted a field of illegally grown GMO maize (corn) bright red, in order to expose its location.

The GMO maize, known as MON810, is another genetically modified product being pushed onto consumers by Monsanto. The GMO maize is being illegally grown, as either the farmer, or the French government have failed to inform the public of its presence as required under French law.

"By failing to take control, the Romanian and French governments are allowing biotech companies such as Monsanto, to run riot over their environment and ignore the wishes of European people; contaminating their food and their fields" said Myrto Pispini, Greenpeace International GMO campaigner.

Nakakatuwa at kahanga-hanga ang pagmamalasakit ng mga taong ito sa kanilang mga kababayan... kailan kaya mangyayari ang ganito sa ating minamahal na bansang Pilipinas?... sana sa lalong madaling panahon bago pa maging huli na ang lahat! kung kailan wala na tayong magagawa...

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