Six years after the first GMO-free-regions conference in Berlin, the movement is stronger than ever. The entry of the German Länder Thuringia, North-Rhine Westphalia and likely soon Baden Württemberg into the European Network of GMO-free regional governments, demonstrates this trend.
Central topics of this year's conference will be the right to national bans on GMO cultivation, deficient risk assessment of GMOs by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the upcoming seed legislation and the imports of GM soy in connection with the next European CAP reform.
The Green group is hosting the official part of the conference at the European Parliament on Wednesday 5 September.
The day before, Tuesday 4 September, NGOs and activists will meet in the afternoon at Mundo-B, a key site for environment and development NGOs lobbying the European Parliament and Commission. There, we will offer workshops and give space for exchanging experiences, ideas and strategies for discussing the challenges ahead and for preparing joint activities on GMOs and related issues. The conference opening will take place in the evening and will be followed with a buffet and drinks with the organizers and guests.
(Speakers to be confirmed)
9:30 – 9:45
Opening speeches by organizers and sponsors
9:45 – 10:50
National bans on GMO cultivation – how to get it right?
10:50 – 11:05
Intermezzo I: Why honeybees need GMO free Europe and how bee-keepers have changed the co-existence debate
11:05 – 12:15
Upcoming GMO approvals and the state of risk assessment - An overview on the first 10 years of EFSA and GMO risk assessment
12:15 – 12:30
Intermezzo II: Don’t call me GMO no more! Will “Cisgenetics” and other GMO-mutations reframe the GMO debate?
12:30 – 14:40
Open space & global café in front of the meeting room
14:40 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:20
How “roundup ready” is Europe’s agricultural policy?
16:20 – 16:50
Intermezzo III: Greetings from India, USA and China
16:50 – 18:00
Conclusions and take home message from participants
Reception and dinner