Plenary Sessions

Download the full programm (pdf, 217 KB, English) Download the Full Abstracts (pdf, 442 KB, English/German)

Conference Opening

Friday, 24th April 2009 (9:30 – 11:30)

Moderation:
Maya Graf, National Council (Large Chamber of the Swiss Parliament)
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Welcome:
Adrian Borgula, President of the Cantonal Parliament of Lucerne
Speech (pdf, 58 KB, German)
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Opening:
Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, Speaker of the National Council 2008/2009
Speech (pdf, 28 KB, German)
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Speeches:


Niki Berlakovich, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

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Simonetta Sommaruga, Council of States (Small Chamber of the Swiss Parliament)
Speech (pdf, 25 KB, German)
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Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Environment
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Renate Künast, Chairperson of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Germany
Speech (pdf, 37,4 KB, German)
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Karel Bláha, Czech First Deputy Minister of the Environment
Presentation (pdf, 624 KB, English)
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Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Member of the European Parliament
Speech (pdf, 24,7 KB, German)
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Hansjörg Walter, Swiss National Council and President of the Swiss Farmers’ Union
Presentation (pdf, 282 KB, German)       Speech (pdf, 26 KB, German)
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Carlo Bogliotti, Secretary Slow Food Italia
Speech (pdf, 41 KB, English)
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Session 1
Food and democracy – Europeans reject genetic engineering in agriculture

Friday, 24th April 2009 (12:45 – 14:40)

Moderation:
Steve Emmott

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Europe and the Rest of the World

Helen Holder, Friends of the Earth Europe
Presentation: Who benefits from the GM crops? (pdf, 641 KB, English)
Full report from Friends of the Earth
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Tina Goethe, Swissaid
Presentation: Seeds for identity (pdf, 683 KB, English)
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Ana de Ita, Centro de Estudios para el Cambio en el Campo Mexicano (CECCAM)
Speech: Mexico needs international pressure to remain GMO-free (pdf, 35 KB, English)
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GMO-free products: The situation on the European food and feed markets

Jochen Koester, TraceConsult: GMO-free products
Presentation: The situation on the European food and feed markets (pdf, 580 KB, English)
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Wolfgang Heck, Life-Food
Presentation: Gentechfreie Produkte: Die Lage auf dem europäischen Lebensmittel- und Lebensmittel Futtermittelmarkt (pdf, 747 KB, German)
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Regulation in the EU and current state of risks (problem cases)

Safeguard Clause

Hidden uncertainties

EU: Risk-Management (german)

GM Watch: Genetically Modified (GM) foods - Renewed threat to Europe

Marco Contiero, Greenpeace Bruxelles
Presentation: Regulation in EU and current state of risks (pdf, 1,7MB, English)
Speech: Regulation in EU and current state of risks (pdf, 12 KB, English)
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Daniel Ammann, Schweizerische Arbeitsgruppe Gentechnologie SAG
Presentation: Gesundheitsrisiken von Gentech-Food (pdf, 1,6 MB, German)
Speech: Gesundheitsrisiken von Gentech-Food (pdf, 26,4 KB, English/German)
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Session 2

Where does the European GMO-free movement stand?

Friday, 24th April 2009 (15:00 – 16:45)

Presentation of the overall European situation

Benny Haerlin, Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft/Save Our Seeds, Germany
Presentation of the overall European Situation (pdf, 1,8 MB, English)
List of GMO-free-Regions in 2009
Maps of GMO-free-Regions

 

Presentation of selected countries and regions

Gabriel Paun, Agent Green, Romania

Presentation: Romania - GE status (pdf, 1,5 MB, English)

Arnaud Apotheker, Greenpeace, France

Presentation: Les OGM en France (pdf, 1,3 MB, French)

Michael O'Callaghan, GMO-free Ireland, Ireland

Presentation: Ireland as GMO-free Biosafety reserve for Europe (pdf, 2,1 MB, English)

Luca Colombo, Fondazione Diritti Genetici (Genetic Rights Foundation), Italy

Presentation: The Italian Situation (pdf, 568 KB, English)

Wolfgang Pirklhuber, Agrarspeaker for the Greens, Austria

Presentation: Austria, a country without GMO (pdf, 2,5 MB, German)

Herbert Karch, Swiss Working Group for Genetic Engineering (SAG), Switzerland

Presentation: GMO-free Switzerland (pdf, English)
Swiss Moratorium

Akiko Frid,Greenpeace / Hej Da GMO!, Sweden

Presentation: Towards GMO-free Sweden: The key is cooperation (pdf, 252 KB, English)

Margarida Silva , Portuguese GMO-Free Coalition, Portugal

Presentation: Portugal & GMO (pdf, 1,6 MB, English)

Róbert Fidrich, MTVSZ/FoE Hungary

Presentation: GMO-free Hungary (pdf, 732 KB, English)

Paweł Połanecki, Coalition GMO-Free Poland

Presentation: Quest for GMO-free Poland (pdf, 245 KB, English)

Natasa Djereg, Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development-CEKOR, Serbia

Presentation: On the road to GMO-free Serbia (pdf, 439 KB, English)

Hiroko Akahori, Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative and Hiromi Kawahara, Green Coop Consumers Co-operative, Japan

Presentation: GM-Free Campaign in Japan (pdf, 962 KB, English)

Jean-Luc Servais, Region of Wallonia (Belgium)

Presentation: Respect of Life & Free Choice for Everybody, GMO-Free Wallonia (pdf, 1,4 MB, English)

 

Introduction «GMO-FREE-Marketplace»

Saturday, 25th April 2009

Marketplace (9:00 – 17:00)

Workshops  (9:00 – 15:00)

 

Session 3 (15:30 – 17:00)

Conclusions of the conference: Foreward strategies

IAASTD Executive summary

Agriculture at a Crossroads

UNEP-UNCTAD: Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa

Percy Schmeiser, Canadian farmer, 2007: Alternative Nobel prize
Farmers fate, when GMO's invade – how to fight for a GMO free world?

Florianne Koechlin, Blauen-Institut, Schweiz
Presentation: Rediscovering Plants: Do plants have a soul?(pdf, 798 KB)
Speech (pdf, 32 KB, English/German)
Rediscovering Plants. Rheinauer Thesis on the Rights of Plants
The Dignity of an Oakleaf
The Dignity of Plants
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Hans Herren, President Millennium Institute, USA; President of the Swiss foundation BioVision

Presentation: World agicultural report: Multifunctionality as the best future strategy (pdf, 1,7 MB, English)
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Benny Haerlin, Foundation on Future Farming/Save Our Seeds, Germany

The EU needs a moratorium - the model of Switzerland
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 Final declaration: Call for a European GMO moratorium

Concluding remarks and farewell session