Save our seeds!

Online petition to keep seeds free from genetic manipulation

Feature story - 22 May, 2002
Sign the online petition at to keep seeds free from genetic manipulation.

Genetically engineered soya pods.

Proposed amendments to European Union (EU) Seed Directives specify allowable limits for GMO (genetically modified organism) contamination of seeds up to thresholds between 0.3 percent and 0.7 percent without even labelling them as genetically engineered.

However, Greenpeace and other organisations assert that any detectable GMO contamination presents an unacceptable risk to the environment. The proposed regulation must reflect this fact by legislating "zero tolerance" for GMO contamination of seeds.

A petition to save seeds from contamination has been launched by a broad coalition including Greenpeace. It will be submitted to the institutions of the European Union as well as national ministries in charge.

The deadline for signing the petition, which is available in several languages, is June 28th.