GMOs.. FREE TO CHOOSE?

Conference on GMO Free Zones, 11th JANUARY 2001
In the European Parliament, Brussels, auditorium 1G 02.
Co-organised by The Greens/EFA Group, The European Federation of Green Parties
and The Federation of Young European Greens.



DRAFT PROGRAMME

(9.00-9.50 Pressconference /Breakfast for specially invited journalists)

10.00 Welcome and introduction- Heidi Hautala or Paul Lannoye.
Co-president Greens/EFA.

10.15 The battle against GM food: so far so good?
CHAIR: Paul Lannoye or Heidi Hautala

Vandana Shiva, Director Research Foundation for Science Technology and
Ecology ,India.
"Will biotechnology feed the world's hungry?"


Brian Tokar, Institute of Social Ecology, USA. Scientist, author and grassroots activist.
"The political movement against biotechnology in the USA"


Benny Haerlin, Greenpeace International GMO Campaign Director.
"NGOs and the International anti-GMO campaign"

11.30 Debate and discussion

12.10 GMO-free Zones- Who holds the power?
CHAIR: Hiltrud Breyer, MEP

Maria Idalina de Sant´Ana, biotechnology adviser of deputy João Grandão
member of the Worker´s Party in the Brazilian Parliament.
"The fight for a GMO-free Brazil, starting in Rio Grande do Sul"

Peg Putt, Tasmanian Green MP and anti GMO campaigner, Australia.
"The fight for a GMO-free Tasmania"

13.00 Debate and Discussion

13.30 Lunch

15.00 The European Situation ?Existing GMO-free regions?
CHAIR: Arnold Cassola, General Secretary of the European Federation of
Green Parties.

Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Green Minister of Agriculture and Forestry,
Italy.
"Successful ban of GMOs in Italian regions.. the government is positive.. is the EU?"

Francisco José Ormazabal, Basque Minister of Urban Planning, Housing
and the Environment, Basque Region. (To be confirmed.)
"Can the Basque region become GMO-free?"

Joseph Hoppichler, Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous
Areas, Austria.
"Concepts of GMO-free Environmentally Sensitive Areas."

16.00 Debate and discussion

16.40 GMO-free zones, GMO-free world, where do we go from here?
CHAIR: Jill Evans MEP, Greens/EFA Group,(Wales).

16.50
Dario Fo, writer and Nobel Prize winner ,Italy. (To be confirmed)
Jose Bové, founder of Confederation Paysanne, France. (To be
confirmed).
"GMOs and the anti globalisation movement. A bigger agenda?"


17.30 Closing session-Debate and discussion. Conclusions from the chair.

18.30 Close of formal proceeding.

19.00 Dinner at a Brussels restaurant. (For speakers.)


FRIDAY the 12th January 2001
9.00-12.30
Possibility of NGO meetings and roundtable-discussions in the European
Parliament.

No Conference Fees
Simultaneous translation in the main EU languages

Lia Sandberg Moustogianni
GMO-Conference Coordinator

European Parliament
Spinelli 8 G 138
Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Bruxelles, Belgique

Tel:0032.2.28 42 440
Fax:0032.2.28 49 967

E-mail: gmoconference@europarl.eu.int





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