Provisional agenda Monsanto Tribunal
Subject to changes, scroll down for agenda People’s Assembly
Institute of Social Studies, Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX Den Haag.
Formal start of the Monsanto Tribunal. For more information, please scroll down to the agenda of the People’s Assembly.
Hearings of the victims and their lawyers.
9.00 – 13.00
Impact on human health :
9.00-9.30 Sabine GRATALOUP & Maria Liz ROBLEDO, victims RoundUp, France and Argentina.
9.30-10.00 Christine SHEPPHARD, victim RoundUp, USA. & Timothy LITZENBURG, lawyer, USA.
10.00-10.30 Klomon SAMAN & Chana JAYASUMANA, victim and expert environmental health, Sri Lanka.
10.30-10.55 Damian VERZEÑASSI, doctor public health, Argentina.
10.55-11.25 Marcelo FIRPO, expert epidemiological research, pesticides Brasil.
11.25-11.45 Coffee break
Impact on soils and plants
11.45-12.10 Diego FERNANDEZ, GMO Genetically Modified Organisms
GMO Living organisms (plant or animal) which have undergone genetic manipulation in order to modify their characteristics, usually to make them resistant to a herbicide or pesticide. In 2000, GMOs were planted over more than 40 million hectares, three quarters of that being soybeans and maize. The main countries involved in this production are the USA, Argentina and Canada. Genetically modified plants are usually produced intensively for cattle fodder for the rich countries. Their existence raises three problems.
The health problem. Apart from the presence of new genes whose effects are not always known, resistance to a herbicide implies that the producer will be increasing use of the herbicide. GMO products (especially American soybeans) end up gorged with herbicide whose effects on human health are unknown. Furthermore, to incorporate a new gene, it is associated with an antibiotic-resistant gene. Healthy cells are heavily exposed to the herbicide and the whole is cultivated in a solution with this antibiotic so that only the modified cells are conserved.
The legal problem. GMOs are only being developed on the initiative of big agro-business transnationals like Monsanto, who are after the royalties on related patents. They thrust aggressively forward, forcing their way through legislation that is inadequate to deal with these new issues. Farmers then become dependent on these firms. States protect themselves as best they can, but often go along with the firms, and are completely at a loss when seed thought not to have been tampered with is found to contain GMOs. Thus, genetically modified rape seed was destroyed in the north of France in May 2000 (Advanta Seeds). Genetically modified maize on 2600 ha in the southern French department of Lot et Garonne was not destroyed in June 2000 (Golden Harvest). Taco Bell corn biscuits were withdrawn from distribution in the USA in October 2000 (Aventis). Furthermore, when the European Parliament voted on the recommendation of 12/4/2000, an amendment outlining the producers’ responsibilities was rejected.
The food problem. GMOs are not needed in the North where there is already a problem of over-production and where a more wholesome, environmentally friendly agriculture needs to be promoted. They are also useless to the South, which cannot afford such expensive seed and the pesticides that go with it, and where it could completely disrupt traditional production. It is clear, as is borne out by the FAO, that hunger in the world is not due to insufficient production.
For more information see Grain’s website : https://www.grain.org/. farmer, Argentina.
12.10-12.35 Don HUBER, biologist, USA.
Impact on animal health
14.00-14.25 Art DUNHAM, veterinary, USA.
14.25-14.50 Monika KRUEGER, scientist, Germany.
14.50-15.15 Id Borup PEDERSEN, farmer hogs with birth defects, Denmark.
Impact on biodiversity
15.15-15.40 Feliciano UCAN POOT or Angelica EL CANCHE, beekeepers, and María Colin, lawyer, Mexico.
15.40-16.05 Steve MARSH, GMO contamination, Australia.
16.05- 16.30 : Coffee break
Impact on farmers and the right to food
16.30-16.55 To be confirmed, GMO Cotton, Burkina faso,
16.55-17.20 Krishan BIR CHAUDHARY, farmers’ suicides, India
17.20-17.45 Farida AKTHER, GMO eggplant, Bengladesh
17.45-18.10 To be confirmed, Expert on IPR/patents
Hearings of the victims and their lawyers.
9.00 – 13.00
Pressures on stakeholders and institutions
9.00-9.25 Pedro PABLO MUTUMBAJOY, victim Plan Colombia
9.25-9.50 Paul FRANCOIS, Lasso victim, France
9.50-10.15 Juan Ignacio PEREYRA, victims’lawyer of spray, Argentina
10.15-10.45 Miguel LOVERA, Expert on health, Paraguay
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-11.40 Gilles-Eric SERALINI, academic research, France
11.40-12.05 Shiv CHOPRA, expert regulatory agency, Canada
12.05-12.30 Mickaël ANTONIOU, academic research, United Kingdom
12.30-13.00 To be confirmed, expert WHO, USA
14.30 – 17.00
14.30-15.00 Lawyer of the Monsanto Tribunal, Right to healthy environment, Right to health and to food
15.00-15.30 Lawyer of the Monsanto Tribunal, right to information
15.30-16.00 Lawyer of the Monsanto Tribunal, Maogato Jackson, War crimes
16.30-17.00 Lawyer of the Monsanto Tribunal, Ecocide
Provisional agenda People’s Assembly
Subject to changes
Bazaar of Ideas (next to the Student Hotel) - Hoefkade 9, 2526 BN Den Haag
10.00 – 11.00 Start registration
11.00 – 12.00 Opening Session and Press Conference
* Welcome by prominent members of Organising Committee: Marie-Monique Robin, Vandana Shiva, Hans Herren, André Leu, Ronnie Cummins, Corinne Lepage
* Judge on the process of the Monsanto Tribunal – a citizens tribunal
* Witness on the importance of the Tribunal
* Ambassadors: Renate Künast and Nnimmo Bassey
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch and interaction
13.30 – 15.30 A Century of Ecocide and Genocide
* Owning Life and Poisoning Life: Vandana Shiva, Percy Schmeiser, Fernando Cabaliero (Argentina)
* Poisoning Life: André Leu, François Veillerette (PAN Europe), Stephanie Seneff, Marcelo Firpo (Brazil)
15.30 – 16.00 Teabreak
16.00 – 18.00 *Attack on Farmers and Farming: Nnimo Bassey (Nigeria), Chito Medina (Filipines), Ali Tapsoba (Burkina Faso), Nivia Silva (MST Brazil, La Via Campesina), Farida Ahktar (Bangladesh), Xiulin Gu (China)
*Attack on science and scientists: Gilles-Eric Seralini, Claire Robinson, Shiv Chopra
18.00 - 20.00 Dinner
20.00- end Short films, theater, presentations, music, drinks, interaction
09.30 – 10.00 Opening speech and order of the Day
10.00 – 12.15 Workshop Session 1
Each workshop starts with 15 min introduction by expert followed by interaction between participants towards action plan
* How to ban GMOs worldwide
* Ideas to ban Pesticides and toxic chemicals
* Steps towards Seed Freedom
* Steps to hold TNCs responsible for their acts
* Promoting agroecology to feed the world
12.15 - 14.00 Lunchbreak
14.00 – 16.00 Workshops session 2
16.00 - 16.30 Teabreak
16.30 – 17.45 Plenary session – reports from workshops
17.45 – 18.00 Conclusions by prominent committee member
18.00 - 20.00 Corporate Control and New Threats
* Attack on Food Freedom and Democracy: Ronnie Cummins, Bart Staes, Rachel Parent, Miguel Lovera (Paraguay)
* Bill Gates as a threat to food freedom: Vandana Shiva
* Corporate Lobby Lobby
Lobbies A lobby is an entity organized to represent and defend the interests of a specific group by exerting pressure or influence on persons or institutions that hold power. Lobbying consists in conducting actions aimed at influencing, directly or indirectly, the drafting, application or interpretation of legislative measures, standards, regulations and more generally any intervention or decision by the Public Authorities. : Nina Holland
* New corporate concentration – the Monsanto-Bayer Merger: CBGnetwork
* New Free Trade Agreements – TPP and TTIP: to be confirmed
* New GMO Technologies, synthetic biology and gene editing: Michael Antoniou, Etc Group (to be confirmed)
20.00 – 21.30 Dinner
21.30 - end Interaction, films, music, theatre, drinks
09.00 - 09.30 Coffee
09.30 – 09.45 Short recap of Saturday
09.45 - 10.00 Theater
10.00 - 11.00 Back to work: workshops 3 – forming concrete actions and coalitions
11.00 - 12.15 Interaction between the workshops
12.15 - 14.00 Lunchbreak
14.00 - 16.00 People’s vision for the future of food and the future of planet
* Right to safe and healthy food: Renate Kunast
* Organic Agriculture and Poison Free food: Andre Leu
* From Degeneration to Regeneration: Ronnie Cummins
* End Ecocide on Earth: Valérie Cabanes (to be confirmed)
* Sowing the Seeds of Earth Democracy: Vandana Shiva
* Agroecology nourishes the world: Hans Herren
16.00 - 16.15 Feedback from PA’s and Marches Against Monsanto across the world
16.15 – 16.30 Collective Launch of Global Participatory Declaration for the future of food and future of the planet
16.30 - 17.00 Sharing of Seeds and Sharing of Bread: Bernward Geier and Chef Sarah Wiener
17.00 - 17.30 Closing speech: Marie-Monique Robin
* End to Monsanto Crimes toast
17.30 – end Dinner, music, theatre
Source: Tribunal Monsanto
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