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)

Maya Graf, National Council (Large Chamber of the Swiss Parliament)

Adrian Borgula, President of the Cantonal Parliament of Lucerne
Speech (pdf, 58 KB, German)

Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, Speaker of the National Council 2008/2009
Speech (pdf, 28 KB, German)


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


Simonetta Sommaruga, Council of States (Small Chamber of the Swiss Parliament)
Speech (pdf, 25 KB, German)

Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Environment

Renate Künast, Chairperson of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Germany
Speech (pdf, 37,4 KB, German)

Karel Bláha, Czech First Deputy Minister of the Environment
Presentation (pdf, 624 KB, English)

Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Member of the European Parliament
Speech (pdf, 24,7 KB, German)

Hansjörg Walter, Swiss National Council and President of the Swiss Farmers’ Union
Presentation (pdf, 282 KB, German)       Speech (pdf, 26 KB, German)

Carlo Bogliotti, Secretary Slow Food Italia
Speech (pdf, 41 KB, English)


Session 1
Food and democracy – Europeans reject genetic engineering in agriculture

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

Steve Emmott


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

Tina Goethe, Swissaid
Presentation: Seeds for identity (pdf, 683 KB, English)

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)


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)

Wolfgang Heck, Life-Food
Presentation: Gentechfreie Produkte: Die Lage auf dem europäischen Lebensmittel- und Lebensmittel Futtermittelmarkt (pdf, 747 KB, German)


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)

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)


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

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)

Benny Haerlin, Foundation on Future Farming/Save Our Seeds, Germany

The EU needs a moratorium - the model of Switzerland


 Final declaration: Call for a European GMO moratorium

Concluding remarks and farewell session