World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


The choice is in the trolley

The choice is in the trolley

Brussels/Luxembourg, Twenty Greenpeace activists will today present EU Agriculture Ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg with the clear message: "Europe says No to GMOs" [1]. The ministers will decide whether or not to allow a genetically modified sweet corn onto the European food market.

A giant shopping trolley containing 800 kilos of maize, labelled as genetically modified, along with 15 outsized corn cobs decorated with scary monster faces, will welcome the ministers to remind them of the overwhelming opposition to GM Food among European consumers.

"Today's decision is a slap in the face for European consumers and we're not going to let it stay hushed up behind closed doors," said Eric Gall of Greenpeace. "Our governments are being asked to wave through a highly controversial GMO under pressure from the European Commission and biotech firms supported by the US government. Ministers should instead stand up for consumers, reject Bt-11 and take action to tighten up the current slack evaluation procedures [2]. Consumers and the environment deserve better."

Photographs will be available from +31 646 162 2019

For further information about the Greenpeace Global Campaign against GE please go to


[1] The EU Agriculture Council on 26 April in Luxembourg will consider a European Commission proposal to allow the marketing of Bt-11, a genetically modified sweet maize variety produced by Swiss firm Syngenta. This is the first time EU ministers will vote on a GMO application since the Environment Council set in place a de facto moratorium on new approvals in June 1999. If Ministers do not reject the proposal with a qualified majority, the Commission can authorise the maize regardless, and has already said it intends to do so.

[2] Read Greenpeace brief: 'The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Failing Consumers and the Environment' at

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC