Simultaneous action against GMOs held across Russia
On April 9 simultaneous actions against GMOs were held across Russia in
Moscow, Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Kostroma, Kazan, Nizhni Novgorod.
We modify our plants today - tomorrow they will modify us
In Moscow the information action "WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT GMOs?" was held on
Komsomolskaya square which is one of the most crowded places in the city, at
an entrance in the "Ramstor" hypermarket which is the largest metropolitan
shop. Action participants talked to the consumers and handed out . They
asked what people know about genetically modified organisms (GMO's). The
action was led by the participants of SEU's Campaign "For biosafety".
In information sheets was the short illustrated story of GMOs, and what kind
of consequences could happen. Besides there was the list of some potentially
unsafe products. The students of school N1321 "Covcheg" helped to distribute
the leaflets and to interview people. Dressed in colourful costumes of
vegetables and fruits they distributed about 500 leaflets for 1,5 hours. The
buyers showed their interest. The action was successful. The hypermarket
management showed their concern about GMO-related issues and gave assistance
to the action participants. A huge thanks to them for it.
In Russia such simultaneous action was held for first the first time. It
attracted significant attention of national and regional media.
Similar actions were held in Yaroslavl and Kostroma. Activists went out to
the streets of the cities, talking to consumers about GM-foods.
In Kazan Students Nature Protection Movement, besides street talk, made and
exhibition on GMOs problem in the hall of Kazan University building. As all
who attended the exhibition showed their interest in the issue, orgnizers
decided to make the exhibition a kind of permanent action, updating
constantly the informational materials.
In Voronezh action targeted local McDonalds, or, to be more correct, the
place where it is planned to be erected.
Some more actions are planned for the Earth Day.
Despite of the warnings that modern technologies of genetic engineering
aren't balanced yet and can give unpredictable result (so they are
dangerous), trans-national corporations (TNC's) hurry up to fill in the
market by GM production.
The biotechnological corporations proclaim, that their new production -
various kinds of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) - would overcome the
global famine, would cure epidemic diseases and would improve the health of
Actually the leaders of GM industry by their actions in business and
politics clearly show, that they want simply to use GMO to grasp and
monopolize the world market of ˝crops, foodstuffs, medical preparations,
wood and other products. Because of that, the consumers, of course, should
keep abreast of events to make a choice in the "ocean" of various products.
They should understand consequences of using GMO for their health.
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