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1 Greenpeace European Unit Marco Contiero Greenpeace European Unit The European Citizens Initiative Empowering the citizens' rights European Economic and Social Committee Brussels 29 June 2011

2 We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.

3 Greenpeace European Unit WHEN and WHY the Initiative? March 2010 EC authorization BASF antibiotic-resistant GM potato Disregard to: 1. EU legal requirements, 2. EU members states will 3. Public opinion 4. Advice of medical institutions (WHO, EMEA)

4 1. Health Risks

5 Greenpeace European Unit 2. Environmental impacts Insect-resistant crops: 1. Toxicity to non-target organisms and beneficial insects. 2. Development of insect resistance Herbicide tolerant (HT) crops: 1. Toxic effects of herbicides on ecosystems. 2. Increased weed tolerance to herbicide 3. Biodiversity loss 4. Effects on soil-plant systems

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8 Glyphosate resistant weeds

9 Greenpeace European Unit 3. Expensive

10 Greenpeace European Unit Syngenta BASF DuPont Monsanto Bayer Dow Source: ETC Group 4. Corporate control GM Crops market 100%

11 Greenpeace European Unit Syngenta BASF DuPont Monsanto Other Bayer Dow Syngenta BASF DuPont Monsanto Bayer Dow Global Agrochemical Market Source: ETC Group 4. Corporate control GM Crops market 100% 74%

12 Greenpeace European Unit Owners of the Seed Market Source: ETC Group

13 Greenpeace European Unit Agro-ecology UN Report Human Rights Council [United Nations,Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, 2011] - Agroforestry - Water harvesting - Integration of livestock into farming systems - Integrated nutrient management J. Pretty analysis 286 sustainable agriculture projects (57 poor countries) - Average crop increase 79 % - Supply critical environmental services UNCTAD UNEP analysis [UNEP-UNCTAD, 2008] UK Foresight Report ( 40 projects, 20 African countries) - Average crop increase in Africa 116% and - Average crop increase in East Africa 128% Can double food production in 10 years 5. Hinder sustainable solutions

14 Greenpeace European Unit 6. Consumers rejection

15 Greenpeace European Unit How many verifiable signatures? How long did it take to collect the signatures? 7 months Citizens in how many countries have signed the initiative? All 27 members states Is our initiative an ECI? European Court of Justice Case law – When EU treaty provides unconditional and sufficiently precise rights, they are directly applicable. (Article 11 TFEU is unconditional and sufficiently precise) Facts and Figures

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17 Greenpeace European Unit Our ECI exceeds many ECI procedures and conditions Collected over 1 million signatures All the signatures are verifiable From all 27 MSs Met the quota in 12 countries (7 required) Collected signatures in 7 months (1 year limit) Request within the remit of the Commission EU Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, said: It would be a political disaster to have a very large number of signatures and then obtain a decision by the Commission saying that its not admissible.

18 Greenpeace European Unit How to get rid of fakes, repeats etc? The data base collecting the signatures: 1.automatically rejects double signatures 2.only allows one signature per address. All signatures have been screened and incomplete or invalid were removed

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