Global Action for a Global Problem

Feature story - June 1, 2004
To protect the public's health and prevent the contamination of the environment, we are confronting genetic engineering everywhere we can, be it along the export routes or along the food chain. In the spring of 2004, we coordinated activities around the world to highlight the continuing scandal of genetically engineered ingredients in our food, without our knowledge or consent.

Swedes protest against genetically modified organisms in their food and animal feed.


Italy - Our three-day blockade of a ship carrying 40,000 tons of GE soy results in the Italian police inspecting the GE soy in order to check whether the GE cargo complied with European Union legislation.

Spain - We closed a soy processing facility of the world's largest soy trading company, Bunge, in Cartagena, Spain. As a result, the company quickly committed to turning one of its five facilities in Spain non-GE and invited us for a meeting at its corporate headquarters in New York.

Brazil - Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, blocked the entrance of a ship into the port of Paranagua, Brazil. The ship is carrying 30,000 tons of genetically engineered soy from Argentina.

Australia - As a major global producer of GE soy, Argentinian forests are being cut down to clear areas to grow GE soy. We held several protests around the country resulting in the Santiago del Estero province to place a moratorium on GE soy expansion.

In April, the European Union granted consumers the right to reject genetically engineered food. Greenpeace "Gene Detectives" were on hand in France, Germany and Luxembourg, to help consumers choose non-GE food.


May 11, 2004, Monsanto - the chemical giant responsible for more than 91 percent of all GE crops in the world - announces that it would suspend further development of its genetically engineered wheat. Find out more.

March 31, 2004 - A controversial government approval of GE corn for commercial planting is suspended. Upon pressure from us and other groups, the only company authoried to grow the GE corn withdraws its application. Find out more.

May 20, 2004 - In New Zealand, McDonald's announces that it will seek non-genetically-engineered feed for its chicken products. Find out more.

In the United States

Visit GEAN to find out how Americans can avoid GE food in our supermarkets.