Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise have prevented the entrance of the 'Global Wind' ship into the port of Paranagua, Brazil. The ship is carrying 30 000 tons of Genetically Engineered (GE) soya from Argentina.
A Greenpeace activist chains himself to the anchor chain of bulk carrier 'Global Wind', a ship carrying GM Soya from Argentina planning to
Our activists left the Arctic Sunrise around 10 AM. Just 10
minutes were enough for them to reach the Global Wind. Pablo, an
activist from Argentina, chained himself to the anchor and labelled
it with a GE banner, his presence also prevented the ship going
into the port with its contaminated shipment.
Paraná, the second biggest soya producer in Brazil banned the
growing, transport and export of GE soya in its territory last year
after the federal government gave temporary approval for GE soya.
Paranagua is the only port in Brazil that implements strong
measures to keep its export free of GE contamination despite the
fact that it is under huge pressure to accept GE.
Global Wind is comming from Argentina half loaded with GE soya.
Its aim is to complete its cargo with non-GE soya at the Port of
Paranagua. Obviously, we couldn't let so much effort to produce
non-GE soya be in vain if this cargo would be mixed.
economical advantage of being one of the only major world suppliers
of non-GE soya could be lost if there is no control to avoid
contamination," said Gabriela Vuolo, our campaigner on board of the
Arctic Sunrise. "Greenpeace demands assurances from the government
that it is not allowing Brazilian non-GE soya exports to be
Last year Brazil's federal government allowed GE soya to enter
the country and it has not taken the necessary measures to
guarantee that the proper use of documentation and information to
track these crops is followed as the national and international
"The federal government must support the efforts of Paraná state
to remain non-GE, and should immediately implement thorough control
measure to prevent GE contamination," said Gabriela Vuolo. "It must
support Paraná's ban and extend the ban on GE soya to include GE
shipments coming to be "top-loaded" with non-GE. Other Brazilian
states should also to follow Paraná's example."
Pablo stayed on the anchor until 2 PM, when Lata, a Brazilian
activist, went there to take over.