Greenpeace banner on the Rainbow Warrior during the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.
Genetically engineered food by Bush & Co. E-card designed by Mark Fiore.
Greenpeace volunteers dressed as Uncle Sam dump GE maize on other volunteers representing consumers in straitjackets, suffocating their demand for the right to say no GE food.
Encourage sustainable trade
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) promotes free trade for the
gain of private interests, over and above our health and the
environment. It is fatally flawed and is moving the world in the
wrong direction - away from peace, security and sustainability. By
stalling on issues that are crucial to poorer countries, the WTO
faces a crisis of legitimacy.
- The WTO is
secretive, non-transparent and undemocratic. Meetings are by
invitation only, are hidden from public view and are closed to
direct public input.
- The WTO puts trade on the highest pedestal - before our health
and the environment.
- This is because the WTO is
driven by narrow corporate interests, like genetic engineering
companies and the agri-business.
- These companies are behind the
US attempt to use the WTO as a tool to force feed the world
genetically engineered (GE) food.
- The WTO
threatens crucial environmental agreements,like the first
legally binding global agreement that allows countriesto reject
genetically modified organisms, the Biosafety Protocol.
- So-called "free" trade is
speeding up the use of natural resources such as water,
forests, fisheries, and minerals, much faster than they can be
- In essence, the WTO is a
tool of rich and powerful countries. Poorer countries are
losing out to the interests of the industrialised world.
Freeing people from forced trade
Greenpeace opposes the current form of globalisation that is
increasing corporate power.
We demand that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) adopts a
policy oftrade that truly works for all and that preserves and
We support global environmental standards. Trade must not
takepriority. Governments must work to achieve sustainable
development.This means integrating three things: environmental,
social and economicpriorities.
We campaign to bring the concerns of citizens all over the world
to the decision-makers at the WTO.
We are calling on consumers to join
us and demand a GE free world.