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Against biotechnology, against dominance

category greece / turkey / cyprus | environment | news report author Thursday October 12, 2006 11:44author by Somewhat Miffedauthor email info at stopgetrees dot org Report this post to the editors

March against a biotech conference

Saturday October 7, 2006 a different kind of demostration took place in the heart of Athens, targeting the 3rd biotech conference that was being held there.

Saturday October 7, 2006 a different kind of demostration took place in the heart of Athens, targeting the 3rd biotech conference that was being held in Athens. And we say different as the antagonistic and anarchist movement in Greece is not very familiar with such matters.

In Greece the cultivation of GM crops is not a common thing as it is not widespread as in other European countries and for that reason people are completly uninformed of what is this new «fruit». Moreover all this talk about the alteration of DNA and the improvement of human characteristics via this intervention, is just sience fiction for most of the people. But the last years Bionova as a representative of EuropaBio is propagandizing via this international conference and other means( a journal named «BIO» and many lectures in univeristies) the agenda of the international coorporations that are involved in the production, widespreading and paternizing of GMOs.

Year by year more people are becoming consious of the seriousness and the importance of GMOs as part of the control of the dominants in everyday life. As well as the importance of these conferences in the widespreading and propaganding of the GMOs.

At this years conference some 600 people marched towards the conference center to demonstrate their opposition to the role of this meeting. Unfortunatly it wasn’t planned well and we couldn’t managed to make a more serious statement (and comittement) of our opposition. People showed up without being very serious about what we were doing there, and moreover about what was going in inside that conference. A definate point in the evolution of this struggle was at a similar demo last year when the police clashed with the demostrators when they tended to move over the conference center. The brutality of the police was phenomenal to what many people thought at that point as «another ecological antimobilazation against something» (meaning that has to do with things that are not serious to be evolved with). At that point many people within the movement rethought the seriousness of this struggle and more people got involved.

In conclusion we could say that this kind of struggle is pretty immature in Greece but is evolving, hopefully until the point where it would be understood (fully ant truly) as another point of the dominance in our everyday life that needs to be confronted with the same rage as others.

author by Terencepublication date Fri Oct 13, 2006 02:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's good to hear that people are getting interested about biotechnology and how capitalism is using it in a destructive and dominant fashion.

As people are probably aware much of the biotech industry is primarily revolves around turning all of biology into private property whether this be genes, organs, species or entire ecosystems.

As people again probably know the threat to our inheritance of crops developed over the past 7,000 years of farming is at stake. At another level much of the biodiversity is at stake from the multiple onslaughts coming from every direction.

Much of the money going into biotech research for plants is for devising crops that are even more resistant than normal crops to chemical sprays. The companies & corporations in their propaganda constantly claim it is about raising yields, but this is a pure lie. Instead these genetically modified plants reduce the diversity of plants used for a given crop, and also result in more chemical sprays being used which both harm the environment and people.

If people want to read more about biotech and about some of the many studies showing it's harmful effects, then you should visit and bookmark the website of: Institute of Science in Society at the URL below as the site contains a huge number of articles critical of the industry and various trials and crops produced by them.

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