Organised by a broad network of European environmental NGOs, farmers and regional movements against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), the “March of GMO-free Regions” visualized the European-wide resistance against GMO. NGOs, politicians, farmers and citizens of the different European countries marched towards the EU-conference ” Co-existence of genetically modified, conventional and organic crops: The Freedom of Choice”, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency, in Vienna on 4-6 April 2006. More than 3000 people from 20 European countries joined the march.
Friends of the Earth Austria/Global 2000 is co-organiser of the March and Friends of the Earth Europe is invited as speaker at the EU Conference, to express the NGOs demand for a strict legal framework, that avoids contamination of food, farming and the environment, and which enables local or regional authorities to declare their territories as GMO-free regions.
- Read above the Vienna Declaration for a GMO-free Europe
- FoEE press release, 03.04.06: EU “Coexistence” conference: Freedom of choice for whom? Friends of the Earth condemns Commission contamination policy: http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2006/HH_03_April_coexistence.htm