The Netherlands

Dutch Parliament: critical debate Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)

On Thursday 10 September, the Dutch Parliament discussed the outcomes of the last RTRS-conference in Brazil last May, where a set of 'Principles and Criteria' for 'responsible soy' was agreed upon. The Dutch Parliament had called on both the Ministers of Agriculture and Development Cooperation to be present at the debate. Both Ministries support the RTRS financially and politically.

WWF Panda dances for Monsanto: Action at WWF-Netherlands office against 'responsible' soy

[img_assist|nid=376|title=WWF Action|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=200|height=163] On May 19th, the head office of WWF-Netherlands received some extraordinary visitors, including a weeping panda, a Monsanto circus director, and various people in white overalls spraying "Roundup".

The action is a protest on the occasion of the upcoming vote of the Round Table on Responsibe Soy (RTRS), on 28 May in Campinas (Brazil). This forum will allow GM RoundupReady soy to be certified as 'responsible', while in reality, this soy is responsible for massive use of pesticides as well as deforestation and driving small farmers from their lands.

See two action clips below

Against 'Responsible' GM soy: reply to Solidaridad, WWF

The Round Table on Responsible Soy has been strongly criticised by many social and campesino movements from soy producing countries. Nevertheless, Dutch NGOs Solidaridad and WWF now go a step further by organising the 'GM soy debate - Common sense on GM soy' in order to make GM soy certifyable as 'responsible'. This shows how perverted the RTRS process really is.
With video of protest action in Amsterdam on dec 9, 2008

Dutch Parliament against RRII soy

November 13 2008

The Dutch Parliament has ordered the Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, to vote against the admission of GM soy variety MON 89788, in next week's Agriculture Council.

The motion to this end was an initiave of the Socialist Party.
http://www.sp.nl/milieu/nieuwsberichten/6188/081113-rem_op_toelating_gen...

Minister Verburg said in a short comment that the motion will be discussed in the cabinet, but that "Noone in Europe will understand this".
http://www.agd.nl/1064447/Nieuws/Artikel/Kamer-stemt-tegen-toelating-tra...

The Parliament is not convinced that this GM soy contributes to food security and reduced environmental contamination.

Verburg however, says not to see a reason to doubt the quality of the advice of EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, on the matter.

The ugly truth behind the agro-industry, what you eat and what it does to Europe and South America.

[img_assist|nid=126|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=106]This reader you find in attachment focuses on the implications of the ever-growing production and consumption of meat. We follow a pig from the industrialized European farm all the way back to the soy fields in South America where the feed is produced. The journey examines the various problems in the agricultural sector, exposing the underlying structures and the role of international policies.

Questions to the project group ‘'Sustainabable production of biomass'’ (Cramer Commission )

Questions to the Project Group ‘Sustainabable Production of biomass
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  1. The first part of the assignment of the project group was to “organise a stable structure of consultation and cooperation with stakeholders concerned..”. However, no organisations from the producer countries participated either in the project group, or are listed in the list of stakeholders. Also, the report was not translated in any of the languages of the producer countries, like Spanish. Why were organisations from procuder countries not considered as stakeholders? I notice that the follow up activities do include ‘elaboration of a protocol for the required dialogue with local/national stakeholders with respect to the reporting on sustainability indicators’. Why should they only be consulted on the reporting, and not on the design (or feasibility) of the indicators?
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