On Tuesday 4th October, just 5 days before the Polish general election, an alliance of anti GMO activists headed for the Ministry of Agriculture to expose the double standards being exhibited by Polish government Ministers. Both the Agricultural Minister (Sawicki) and the Environmental Minister (Kraszewski) have been claiming that they are calling for an EU wide ban of GM crop planting – but are do nothing to legislate for a secure ban in Poland.
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The 'Seeds Act' which would have introduced GM seeds into Polish agriculture - has been rejected by the Polish President. President Komorowski stated that the Act was too poorly written and "was not stopping GMO".
The president, senators and parliamentarians have all been bombarded with letters, phone calls and visits over three months of intensive
campaigning to put a halt to the deadly "Seeds Act". There have also been several vociferous demonstrations and education actions outside the
Polish parliament, the President's palace, as well as all over Poland. These have been attended by many younger people who have helped lead and organise anti GMO support.
The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside is fully engaged in defending the biodiversity of the Polish countryside and the peasant farming communities who are its trustees. Our main concerns are the attempted introduction of GMO and related agrichemical farming practices into national agricultural policies and direct to farmers via corporate intimidation.
ICPPC is particularly active in raising awareness about the positive results that can be achieved by carrying through the best of traditional, time honoured land management practices and connecting these to more recent ecological farming practices that emphasise quality food, grown and sold at the local and regional level.