Greenpeace Demands EU Labelling of GE Animal Feed
27 activists arrested in Aarhus-Denmark
Brussels, 29th January, 2001 - Agricultural Ministers meet in Brussels today few hours after Danish riot police arrested 27 Greenpeace activists who chained themselves to the bulk carrier Explorer, which had come from Argentina carrying 20.000 tonnes of genetically engineered (GE) grains destined for animal feed.
Greenpeace activists successfully prevented the Italian ship ‘The Explorer’ from unloading its cargo destined for animal feed at the port of Aarhus, in Denmark for 44 hours until the ship was raided by Danish riot police at 3.30 local time this morning. The ship MV Greenpeace has also been captured. As the police squad arrested the activists, this was welcomed by the animal feed industry which is playing hardball against environmentalists in this game.
Greenpeace calls on the EU to take swift action to guarantee segregation and labelling of imports of GE animal feed. The Agricultural Ministers meeting in Brussels today must urge the Commission to take swift and appropriate action in this area.
"The European Commission needs to send a strong signal to the major GE animal feed exporters - Argentina and the United States - that labelling of all GE animal feed imports into Europe will be mandatory by the latter half of this year" said Brigid Gavin, GE Policy Advisor in Greenpeace EU- Unit. "This would provide the appropriate incentive to farmers for the new planting season beginning in March and for the grain traders concerning the export of this year's harvest next in the Autumn", Gavin added.
Currently there is no European Union regulation to label GE animal feed or meat and dairy products derived from animals fed on GE feed. A draft ‘Novel Feed Regulation’ requiring labelling of GE feed will be proposed by the EU Commission in the coming months, but its approval and enforcement is expected to take two more years.
Fast interim measures are now called for as more and more major food retailers commit to selling food not produced from GE-fed animals and to ensure that the farmer knows what he is feeding his animals.
more information: Greenpeace European Unit, Brussels:
Brigid Gavin, GE Policy Advisor in Greenpeace EU- Unit Tel:
+32- 495693710; Lorenzo Consoli, Media Officer, Tel: +32-
496122112; In Denmark: Dan Hindsgaul, Greenpeace
Genetic Engineering Campaigner +45 28 10 9021 Greenpeace
International: Lorenz Petersen, GE campaigner, Tel: +49
177 3494844; Teresa Merilainen, Media Officer, Tel: +31
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