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Call for a GE-free future

Background - 21 April, 2010
While EU countries are banning genetically engineered (GE) crops left right and centre - the President of the EU Commission is doing his best to force them on European citizens.

Farmers, environmentalists and consumers from all over Spain demonstrate in Madrid under the slogan "GMO-free agriculture."

We're calling for a moratorium on all genetically engineered produce in the EU in order to protect consumers, farmers and the environment. Please join us.

Greenpeace, Avaaz and Friends of the Earth are calling for a moratorium on all GE crops in the EU. Demand a GE-free future. We need 1 million signatures so that we can make an official request to the EU.

Take Action! Sign the big petition here! and then write to President Barroso.

In order to avoid your message going into the EU Commission's spam folder - you will need to send an email yourself. Please use the suggested text below with your own wording and subject line so that your message doesn't get ignored! And please blind copy us in your message so we can see just how many are being sent. 

  • Send to President Barroso of the EU Commission:
  • And European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli:
  • Copy (Cc) President Zapatero of Spain - who currently holds the rotating Presidency of the EU:
  • Blind copy (Bcc) Greenpeace:

Suggested text

Dear President Barroso and Commissioner Dalli,

You have just approved growing genetically engineered (GE) crops in the EU for the first time in 12 years! This decision poses unacceptable risks to our health and the environment. I'm asking you to protect my food from genetic manipulation with a moratorium on all approvals of GE foods and crops.

You have chosen to ignore safety concerns as well as the will of European citizens. This latest move shows that you put the bio-tech industry’s profits first instead of fulfilling your higher duties to protect European citizens.

The current system of assessing GE foods and crops does not work. On December 2008, EU member states unanimously concluded that EU laws on GE are not implemented properly and that the current GE risk assessment must be improved. No authorisation of GE can be granted in Europe until these essential legal requirements are properly implemented.

The risks GE crops pose on human and animal health and the environment are not sufficiently assessed. And the negative economic and social impacts that GE crops have on our societies are ignored. The European Commission should ensure that people, farmers and the environment are fully protected from GE foods and crops.

I want a future without GE - with diversity in farming that can guarantee food for all of us.

Thanks for sending your email! We'll let you know what happens and what our next steps are. Please share this page with your friends and ask them to join you.