Our GE campaigners are yet again challenging these
multi-national companies, who are buying GE soya, to answer our
questions so that consumers in Europe and farmers in Latin America
can choose to go GE free. This is what we want to know:
- Do they only import GE soya or, do they also import non-GE
- Do they keep the non-GE separate from the GE soya?
- Which food companies buy these GE soya imports and which food
products are they being used to produce?
- Will they label the meat and dairy products from the animals
that eat this GE soya?
- Do they want our protest to continue or do they want to give a
commitment to make Ravenna GE Free, as a first step to making all
imports to Italy GE Free?
Italy currently imports 4.2 million tonnes of soya annually for
food and for animal feed. The port of Ravenna accounts for an
estimated 2 million tonnes of these imports and so is the main
entry point for GE contamination into Italy.
The management of the nearby Bunge/Cereol soya bean processing
facility has told us that they are currently GE-free because they
are importing non-GE soya from Brazil, however they added that they
may re-start GE imports as of October. Bunge/Cereol has two other
soya bean processing facilities in Italy in Ancona and Porta
Maghera which import GE soya meal from Argentina.
Daniela Montalto, our GE campaigner from Argentina in Ravenna
commented: "GE soya covers over 14 million hectares in Argentina.
It is green but it is a desert. Now forest is being logged to clear
the land for GE soya production. For the future health and wealth
of Argentina the GM soya monoculture must be stopped."
Today's activities follow on from another important action
yesterday, in Chioggia, Italy. The Esperanza intercepted the
Panama-registered bulk carrier, 'Keoyang Majesty' carrying 40,000
thousands tonnes GE soya from Argentina and demanded an end to the
massive contamination of the Italian food supply from these GE
imports. Some of our activists are still on the boat.
Our activities in Latin America are also going well, over the
weekend we had a victory in Brazil. Another Argentinean ship
'Global Wind', which we had been tracking for a few weeks, left the
GE-free port of Paranagua. After 19 hours our action came to an end
as our activists prevented non GE soya being loaded onto the GE