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6th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions Brussels and Ghent, 16.-18. September 2010

WECF calls for participation on the Conference of GMO-Free Regions in Brussels and Ghent, Belgium

28.07.2010 |Magdalena Black

WECF raises awareness and propose policy recommendations about the need to transform unsustainable farming and consumption practices, including intensive agriculture, the livestock factory approach, the use of pesticides and GMOs; argues that intensive farming practices are economically as well as environmentally unsustainable.

WECF calls for participation on the Conference of GMO-Free Regions in Brussels and Ghent, Belgium. 2010 will be a decisive year for the future of GMOs in Europe. New approvals for the cultivation of GMOs and new legislative proposals by the European Commission are pending. With his approval of the first GMO for cultivation since 1998  the new Commissioner in charge sent out a clear message about his intentions. GMO-Free Europe 2010 will send back an equally clear message and prepare for further action.

The GMO-Free movement has continuously expanded, increased and diversified all across Europe and well beyond. On September 16 at our session in the  European Parliament we will present our demands to the public and to institutions in Brussels. For two days we will then retreat to  Ghent for exchanging experience, information, ideas and strategies, for discussing the challenges ahead and for preparing joint activities.

We invite representatives from formal and informal GMO-free regions, GMO-free initiatives and activists on related issues from all over Europe. Breeders and seed exchangers, farmers, bee-keepers, gmo-free traders, processors and retailers as well as consumers, critical scientists and environmental activists are welcome.

An organizing committee has started its work and is open to suggestios. If you want to help us in  organising workshops, present ideas, share experiences or have any other organisational skills (e.g. translation, web maintenance,
outreach) please let us know. The budget for the conference is not yet secured: We are urgently looking for co-sponsors and funders. We therefore cannot make any commitments to fund travel expenses at this moment - but will try our best ?Participants fees will be 80 ? for institutions and organisations and 50 ? for small NGOs Get ready - Get going - lets do it again!

Conference Secretariat
Save Our Seeds
c/o The Foundation on Future Farming
Marienstr.19-20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 27590309, Fax +49 30 27590312


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