ACTION ALERT FROM GM WATCH
PLEASE TAKE ACTION!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FARMERS, CONSUMERS, AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS OF BRAZIL.
(IF YOU HAVE TIME FOR ONLY ONE ACTION, CLICK THIS LINK: http://www.gmwatch.org/proemail1.asp?id=5 )
Please send URGENT letters of protest (to the addresses below) asking the Brazilian President to keep his promise not to give permission for GM crops to be grown in Brazil.
Please also ask him to make sure that Brazil has effective biosafety legislation.
*Example letter below*
TIME IS VERY, VERY SHORT - Lula is expected to give permission at any time.
Please support the protests in Brazil.
IF YOU HAVE TIME FOR ONLY ONE ACTION, CLICK THIS LINK: http://www.gmwatch.org/proemail1.asp?id=5
It will take you to a form which will enable you to quickly send your protest to Lula.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS
If you want to find out more about what's happening in Brazil, see: http://www.lobbywatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=4394
CONTACT DETAILS - please also consider sending faxes where possible.
Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva
Palacio do Planalto, 4' andar, 70150-900, Brasilia, DF, Brasil
Fax: 55 61 322 2314
Tel: 55 61 411 1201
You can also send messages to the President via this online form:
Or e-mail Lula's advisors:
Casa Civil - José Dirceu
PalÃ¡cio do Planalto - 4º Andar
70150-900 - BrasÃlia ? DF
Secretaria Geral - Luiz Soares Dulci
PÃ§a. dos TrÃªs Poderes, PalÃ¡cio do Planalto
4º andar - Telefone: 411 1225
70.150-900 BrasÃlia ? DF
(FOR YOU TO CUSTOMISE IF SHORT OF TIME)
To the President of the Republic, Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva
We are writing to express our strong support for the many Brazilian environmental, consumer and small farmer groups who are asking you to honour your previous statement that you will not grant "special permission" again for GM soya to be planted in Brazil.
As you know, Carlos Sperotto, president of the Rio Grande do Sul's Agriculture Federation, has claimed that you will break this promise and that his farmers will plant GM soya in any case.
We understand and share your strong desire to reduce hunger. We know that you also place a strong emphasis on Brazilian exports but we believe your support for agricultural production is being taken advantage of - that you are being blackmailed into accepting the demands of those who, backed by multinational agribusiness corporations, wish to force GMOs onto Brazil, and who are using Sperotto and others to front their self-interested campaign.
Theirs is a deliberate attack on Brazil's national sovereignty. Geneticist Rubens Onofre Nodari, a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, who also works in the Environmental Ministry's genetic resources section, has commented that, "The government is being held hostage by farmers who feel free to do whatever they want."
We ask you to listen not to Sperotto but to the voices of your own Environment Minister and the many others who have written to ask you to respect the Precautionary Principle enshrined in the Convention on Biodiversity, of which Brazil is a signatory. This requires that approval is not given to the commercial cultivation of GMOs without prior studies on the environmental impact and the risks to consumer health.
We not only support the call for no permission to be granted again for the indiscriminate planting of GMOs, but also call on your Government to restore the biosafety bill (Project Law) to the form in which it was originally approved by the Chamber of Deputies back in February. The original bill guaranteed environmental security, consumer safety and national sovereignty, all of which will be devastated by the bill in its present modified form, which has become practically unrecognisable.
We also consider that it is of fundamental importance that local state governments be allowed to declare their territory GM-free if the people and the legislative assemblies opt for that, as has been the case in Santa Catarina, ParanÃ¡ and GoiÃ¡s.
We also consider it vital that people have the right to labels on food products, showing whether they contain Genetically Modified ingredients or not. Such a law has already been approved, although not complied with, and will be revoked by the bill as modified in the Senate.
Brazilian civil society groups have written, "Mr. President, the alarming inconsistencies and mistakes that the government is showing regarding this issue leaves the organized civil society in extreme frustration and disillusionment with your government, both in Brazil and abroad". They also note that these are the same people that "applauded the nomination of the Minister Marina Silva as a guarantee that finally, the issues regarding the environment and sustainable development would be taken seriously by a Brazilian Government."
Please listen to their plea and show the courage and leadership to stand up for the long-term interests of the Brazilian people, rather than those of big business.
Urgent - Letter to Lula - Please take action (27/9/2004)
ACTION ALERT FROM GM WATCH