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article imageOp-Ed: Anti-GMO protests by Polish farmers continue in London, UK

By Anne Sewell     Feb 9, 2013 in Environment
London - On Thursday, the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) and a group of British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London, against the sale of Polish farmland to foreign multinationals.
Digital Journal reported on last month's protest by British farmers and Polish supporters, who demonstrated their solidarity with Polish farmers, who are protesting against the sale of farmland in Poland to multinational corporations. Supporters conveyed the messages 'No to GMO' ' Local Food not Global Food' and 'Stop Land Grabs.'
Continuing this protest, on February 7, Sir Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata and a group of British and Polish supporters demonstrated in front of the Polish Embassy in London, demanding that the Ambassador support the position being taken by the Polish farmers.
While the Polish government has "banned GMOs", they have left a backdoor for GMOs to be grown on prime Polish farmland bought by Dutch, Danish and UK multinationals. This "backdoor" allows the "trading" of GM seeds, in compliance with an EU directive which calls for GM planting to be permitted in “special designated areas.”
The blockading of government land agencies continues in Poland, and has grown to include several demonstrations in a number of provinces.
Polish farmers are demanding the following from the Polish government:
1. Stop the sale of Polish farmland to foreign multinational corporations.
2. Ban both the planting and trading of GM foods on Polish soils.
3. Free-up the overly tight food regulations that prevent and prohibit farmers from selling made-on-the-farm foods to local shops.
Anyone interested in getting involved can sign a petition in support of Polish Farmers.
On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
Other GMO news:
Hawaii just became the first US state to pass a GMO labeling bill, but with an amendment which makes the bill pretty much useless.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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