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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Shall the Nordic Region be a GMO-free zone in the future?

"The Nordic Region should be declared free of genetically modified organisms and the Nordic countries should join other European states like Austria, Greece and Poland, which have already declared themselves GMO-free zones," according to a proposal by the Lef-Socialist Green Group (VSG) on the Nordic Council.

"Research suggests that the use of genetically modified products has a negative impact on health,"(...) "It would provide a boost to sustainable development and underpin the positive environmental and health image the Nordic Region aims to project," says the Group. Full article []

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April 19-20 2007 at the European Parliament in Brussels, in the 3rd International Conference on GMO-Free Regions, Biodiversity and Rural Development, more than 230 regions, over 4200 municipalities and other local entities and tens of thousands of farmers and food producers in Europe have declared themselves "GMO-free" expressing their commitment not to allow the use of genetically modified organisms in the agriculture and food in their territories.

In May 2008 will be organized a global festival and congress of Diversity , during the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and their Protocol on Biosafety in Bonn, Germany. "Planet Diversity" will celebrate natural and agricultural biodiversity, the cultural diversity of food and agriculture. Its primary goal is to discuss how farmers, consumers, food producers and their communities can cooperate to enrich and defend this diversity.

Map of the European GMO-Free Regions /

GMO-free Regions by Country:

European Union



Laura said...

I just blogged about this the other day! Kudos! :)

Tom said...

if we want to keep our bees alive, then yes!

Did you know that bees gather nectar from plants that are genetically modified, they loose their sense of orientation, can’t get back to their apiary and die... If however, they can avoid the GMOs, but come back to the apiary with contaminated pollen (by other contaminants), the “guards” kill them at the entry of the apiary ….