30. March 2005:
At a meeting with the Spanish ministry for agriculture Spanish NGOs and agricultural organisations achieved a re-openig of the discussion about GM co-existence and the withdrawal of the ministry's initial proposal.
Basic points to be included in the Spanish rules on coexistence between genetically modified, conventional and organic crops
This document was written by a large coalition of Spanish organizations. It describes minimum demands, because in the political context of the moment it was very important to have a large representation from civil society. And... it worked! We managed to get the compromise from the minister of agriculture to stop the approval of the very bad Decree on coexistence that would have legalized general genetic contamination of all crops. In a meeting on last Tuesday, the minister told us that the decree needs more time, that they will see how they can incorporate our demands and that there will be dialog with us in the next month for a new draft.
January 2005, Berlin:
María Ramos (COAG): The context of GMO in Spain - social and political initiatives English or Español
The legal background to the GMO Situation in the Basque Region in English or Español
US Department of Agriculture: Biotechnology Update (English)
December 2003:
The organic mais and the adventitious contamination by GMO´s in Spain, report from Victor Gonzálvez, Spanish Society for Organic Farming (SEAE)
August 2003
The impact of GM corn in Spain, a report by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth