Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals.
A whole week of actions is being organized in Spain from 15th to 21st April against GM crops and for Food Sovereignty. Protests, concerts, workshops and other actions will take place all around the country.
Today the Italian Health minister required that the authorization of the cultivation of GM maize (technical name Mon810) should be immediately suspended in Italy and all other European countries. This is a reaction to a scientific report by the Italian Agricultural Research Council (CRA) about the insecticide producing GM maize. This announcement moves Italy closer to the bans of the GM maize from seven other European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland), and it is the result of the Italian public rejection which unites farmers , consumers, environmentalist from all the country.
Brazilian news reported last week that GM maize fields are being destroyed by the pest the crop was designed to resist, the Fall army worm. Farmers have reported that in the Federal District around the nation’s capital Brasília, and the state of Paraná, growing resistance in pests to the crop’s toxins is making GM-technology redundant.
Monsanto´s Mon 810 maize has been banned since 2009 and BASF´s Amflora potato was an economic disaster from the very beginning – authorised in 2010 for cultivation, it was grown by just one farmer on 15 hectares in 2010 and 2 hectares in 2011, and then never again.
In addition, the number of field trials is continuously dropping: from 67,8 hectares in 2007 (peak) to 0,8 hectares in 2012 to zero in 2013.
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This website and film present some of the dangers of GM-crops, and call for people across Europe and beyond to take action to stop them. We need a future of food and farming that benefits people and planet, and not the pockets of big business. We need to stop GM-crops from spreading across Europe. You can sign up for updates and alerts opposite.