Greenpeace activists close Europe's biggest depot for GMO (genetically modified organism) potatoes in 'Gut Buetow', Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

There are alternatives to GE crops. But The European Commission seems to think that the first statement is not worth worrying about and the second one can be ignored. It’s just too simple.

Yesterday Greenpeace activists blocked a warehouse in Germany in protests against GM Amflora potatoes from being distributed. The cultivation of GM Amflora potatoes (which are developed by German agro-chemical company BASF) was approved last month by the European Commission.

The Amflora potato carries a gene for antibiotic resistance which may pose a health risk, violating EU law. It needs to be put "behind bars," said Greenpeace's agricultural expert Martin Hofstetter in a statement. The potato is not meant for human consumption, but it will be used to produce starch and used in industrial products. If you want to know more about the risks, find out here.

Greenpeace is doing its part to inform both farmers and consumers of the risk of growing GM crops in a GE free bus tour which terminates next week in Madrid. Follow the bus (which is currently in France)!

Photo credit: © Bente Stachowske / Greenpeace

"Don't cry for me Patagonia"


Glaciers in Patagonia

Photo Credit: © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

"A woman with long term political vision would not have endangered the glaciers and water reserves of Argentina".

It doesn't mention her name but this advert is directed at Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, whose government is building a coal power plant in the heart of Patagonia. Its publication coincides with her visit to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. "The government is betting on coal as an energy source, is betting on the worst contribution to climate change mitigation," said Eugenia Testa, political director of Greenpeace Argentina, through a statement.

The ad ends:

"When you go home, why not support the common desire of people all over the world for a greener future. For us, and for all generations."

Water Watch Project

Greenpeace activists and scientists will spend eight days in the Angat watershed near Manila (starting from today) to investigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon on fresh water and inform the presidential candidates of the problem.

The Water Watch Project, involves expeditions by Mt. Everest climber Romeo Garduce and Greenpeace volunteers in the Angat watershed, the main source of Manila's potable water. The extreme weather conditions, which include reoccurring droughts and typhoons, caused by changing climate conditions are becoming a great concern, which can’t be left undelt with. So far, solutions have been deterred by many factors:

"With the increasing necessity for quick and proper implementation of the Renewable Energy Act and The Climate Change Act, the increasing pressure from some quarters to develop nuclear power, and the failure of UN negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen last year, the next administration has its hands full with matters that impact greatly on how Filipinos will be living for the next six years and beyond," said Greenpeace, as reported by the Filipino newspaper The PhiliStar.