Saturday, February 9, 2013
Op-Ed: Anti-GMO protests by Polish farmers continue in London, UK
London - On Thursday, the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) and a group of British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London, against the sale of Polish farmland to foreign multinationals.
Digital Journal reported on last month's protest by British farmers and Polish supporters, who demonstrated their solidarity with Polish farmers, who are protesting against the sale of farmland in Poland to multinational corporations.
Supporters conveyed the messages 'No to GMO' ' Local Food not Global Food' and 'Stop Land Grabs.' Continuing this protest, on February 7, Sir Julian Rose and Jadwiga Lopata and a group of British and Polish supporters demonstrated in front of the Polish Embassy in London, demanding that the Ambassador support the position being taken by the Polish farmers.
While the Polish government has "banned GMOs", they have left a backdoor for GMOs to be grown on prime Polish farmland bought by Dutch, Danish and UK multinationals. This "backdoor" allows the "trading" of GM seeds, in compliance with an EU directive which calls for GM planting to be permitted in “special designated areas.”