Canola pollen can travel up to 26 km a year so this sort of genetic
contamination is spreading. In Canada Monsanto now have their own
police force, many of them ex-Royal Canadian Mounted
Police who walk onto a farmers land and take away some seeds of
plants for testing to make sure that the farmer isnt using
Monsantos seeds. If a farmer catches them they just say if
you take us to court, we will drag you through the court system
and you wont have a farm left. They also send threatening
letters to anyone they think might have had their crops contaminated
by Monsantos crops, threatening to sue for $100,000-$150,000
compensation. The letters also stated that the farmers could also
be sued for revealing the threats to anyone else!
This pleasant company are now turning its attention to weaker opponents,
taking out newspaper ads in Mexico warning peasants that if they
are found using GM seed illegally, they risk fines and even prison!
Silvia Ribeiro of ETC Mexico says This will come as shocking
news to indigenous farmers in Mexico, whose maize fields have been
contaminated with DNA from genetically modified plants, and to farmers
everywhere who are fighting to prevent genetically modified organisms
from trespassing in their fields.
One of the biotech companies long term strategies is that eventually
GM contamination will be so widespread that eventually the public
will have to accept GM is here to stay. The Canadian court ruling
- ironically the day before International Biodiversity Day - says
that Monsanto now have the rights over anything that its genes get
into. Despite not managing to get money out of anyone whose crops
are contaminated Monsanto welcomed the judgement and claim that
the world needs GM crops: Patent protection encourages innovations
that will lead to the next generation of value-added products for
Canadian farmers. Showing that obviously farmers cant
be trusted with producing seeds and crops and weve all got
to leave it to the experts to produce value-added products,
but just who is gaining the value? Monsanto pretty much admitted
what it is really interested in by saying. This ruling maintains
Canada as an attractive investment opportunity.
SchNEWS reckons its up to people everywhere to make sure
through direct action and boycotts GM doesnt become an attractive
investment opportunity in their neck of the woods.
* To read Percys full statement www.percyschmeiser.com
* To contact the excellent ETC www.etcgroup.org
* Seedy Sundays take the old idea of gardeners swapping seeds,
an idea that has spread through Canada and the US and is slowly
gaining ground in the UK. www.seedysunday.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For making chips
Three German men are being charged with possession of firearms
after they caught using homemade potato guns. They got the designs
from the internet and tried them out by the side of a lake in Kirchhain-Niederwald.
They drove away after showing the guns off to spectators, and were
chased by police. The men were also in possession of a number
of potatoes, which they claimed their gun could fire up to
300 yards. Potato guns are classed as a firearm, and none of the
men had a permit to carry one.
SchLIVE at The Albert Pub, Monday 31st.
The comedy news show with films and news read live, plus live music.
Also see us performing at Cambridges Strawberry Fair next Saturday
and check out our stall at Kingston Green Fair this Bank Holiday
I highly recommend anyone with a local arms dealer get
10 mates together and shut them down for the day, its easy
and if done carefully non-chargable - one of the protesters
who helped blockade and close down arms maker EDO MBMs premises
in Brighton for the day last Thursday. This is a firm who manufacture
bomb and missile components and proudly supports the
The entrance at EDO was blockaded before six were arrested, while
a group got onto the roof of their building - to enjoy the view
of Brighton before being arrested. One of the roof climbers braved
a broken ankle caused by the climb, and came down voluntarily only
to be arrested in the ambulance, charged with aggravated trespass,
but un-arrested later in hospital. Another stayed on the roof until
late evening before being arrested.
And this wasnt the last EDO heard from those pesky kids;
last weekend a few buckets of red paint hit the walls of their building,
and there was a noise demo at the entrance last Wednesday.
* There will be another NOISE DEMO at EDO MBMs premises at
7AM on the 10th June. Bring along yer pots and pans to make some
noise. 07973228335 www.safp.org.uk
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE!
Remember the New Kensington Pub in Brighons North Laine?
Well the ex-landlord came a step closer to seriously getting the
beers in after a landmark ruling in the High Court last Friday (see
SchNEWS 251). The battle has been raging
for nearly a decade with hundreds going on rent strike and many
of the landlords going bankrupt and homeless as they took on the
But now a pub landlord from Staines was awarded £250,000
in damages after he and 600 other landlords took pub chain Inntrepreneur
to court over their right to buy barrels of beer at cheaper prices.
The ruling says that the landlord was forced to pay too much for
the beer he purchased for his pub. The ruling - which the company
have a month to appeal - may cost Inntrepreneur more than £100m
and is believed to be the first award of damages in the UK for infringement
of competition law.
So is cheap pub beer on the horizon? The Licensed Victuallers Association
which represents many of the 25,000 licensees in Britain who are
tied to four major firms, warned that pub chains may raise rents
to compensate for charging less for beer.
* Inntrepreneur is owned by Japenese venture capitalists Nomura
whose asset stripping past is shrowded in mystery as it hides behind
a large number of front and off-shore companies. Nomura must throw
a good party because they also own First Quench the countrys
largest off- licence chain that includes Thresher, Victoria Wine,
Wine Rack and Bottoms Up. Nothing like good old freedom of choice
in the High Street is there?
Last week the Belgian Mininster of the Enviroment slapped a £35,000
fine on a waste disposal firm for illegally dumping rubbish at the
DHoppe Forest landfill site which was the site of a protest
camp (SchNEWS 433/411)
until last July when it was evicted. The landfill site was due to
be expanded but in another display of the power of direct action
this was prevented, and the fines are down to the attention brought
to the area, and the Euro-trashers who were destroying it.
The minister also promised more and higher fines were to come next
week for the other illegal garbage dumpers.
SchNEWS in brief
- Theres a National Day of Protest Against the BNPs
party political broadcast today (28) from 5pm London BBC Television
Centre, BBC Manchester Office, Oxford Road and BBC Wales office,
Cardiff. More details firstname.lastname@example.org
020 7247 9907
- Theres talk of another teknival this bank holiday so get
your transport and shit-shovel sorted for the start of the summer.
07092 018200/07092 805720
- Theres a demo by Walthamstow Anarchist Group 11am-1pm
this Saturday (29th) against the supermarkets announcement
to trial a reduced sick pay policy in 20 stores. Tescos
a 10-15 minute walk down Hoe Street from Walthamstow Central.
07810 288 889
- Permaculture Woodland Gathering: 3- 6 June, Hill Holt
Wood, Lincolnshire, get-together on the subject of sustainable
woodland management. 0845 458 1805 email@example.com
- A day of workshops and speakers on Oil, War and Climate Change
this Saturday (29) 10am - 6pm. Teviot Row House, Bristo Square
Edinburgh. 0131 622 2297 www.sead.org.uk
- End the Occupation: Why US-UK troops should leave Iraq now:
discussion 7pm, Wednesday, 9th June Mahatma Gandhi Room Indian
YMCA 41 Fitzroy Square, London WC1 Speakers include Tariq Ali,
Jeremy Hardy, Haifa Zangana and Ewa Jasiewic
- Reverend Billy Live! The revivalist preacher who leads
the Church of Stop-Shopping will be at Conway Hall 25 Red Lion
Square, London WC1R 4RL on 9th June from 7pm. Bar, DJ, Organic
Food and Stalls from 7pm. For tickets 0870 787 9871 www.theecologist.org/revbilly
- Campaigning by the South Rusholme Residents Association
in Manchester has saved Platt Fields Park from plans to build
a car park. To celebrate the return of Platt Fields Park, there
will be a Picnic there on Sunday 13th June 2pm
- The worlds largest company and employer, Wal-Mart will
be facing The Against The Wal Roadshow at their shareholders
convention in Arizona between June 4th and 5th. Employing Chinese
doll makers at 13 cents per hour helped boss, S. Robson Walton
become the Worlds richest man in 2001. But an alternative
to the low wage high profit $220 billion a year company is being
offered by the coalition of labor, human rights, environmental
and peace activists. Theyll be running an Alternatives
to Wal-Mart Village with DIY skill-sharing and strategy sessions
for the emerging anti-Wal-Mart movement performances by musicians
and artists all day long www.againstthewal.org
- Remember Clem Turff, an anarchist involved in DAM and
Solidarity Federation ,in the anti-poll tax movement; Hunt Sabbing
and the fight against the Criminal Justice Act? Clem died last
year and people are hoping to put a short pamphlet together of
his life. If anyone has reminiscences or anecdotes please send
them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zoe Young will be talking about her book A New Green
Order all about the dodgy dealings of the World Bank,
next Thursday (3 June) at the Cowley Club, 12 London Rd., Brighton
- 6th Annual Cannabis Festival, 5th June, Brockwell Park,
Brixton. March from Kennington Park, opposite Oval tuibe station.
Meet 12 noon. Festival from 1pm.
* In February 1991 Alex Izetto received nine vaccinations in 24
hours in preparation of the Gulf War but never went there because
the war ended two days before his departure.
He now suffers from various illnesses and a judgment in May 2003
acknowledged the connection between the vaccinations and his bad
health. Nevertheless he was only granted half of the war pension
because in December 2003, a war pension tribunal ruled that
Mr Izett was only 50% disabled. Because of this he has been
on hunger strike since 1 May 2004. If you want to support him: 020
209 4751 www.refusingtokill.net
* On Monday (31) from 12 noon gather in Parliament Square for Brian
Haws 3rd anniversary of camping outside parliament in protest
against the war on Iraq.
* Last Friday Demonstrators stormed the Caterpillar Factory to
campaign against its support for the Israeli army and the D9 bulldozers
that they sell (see SchNEWS 454).
12 protestors from the Tyneside Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
invaded and blocked the entrance of Caterpillar in Peterlee, county
Durham. Some protesters climbed on several of the firms bulldozers,
and others chained themselves to the main gates, and the workforce
Several police officers were called to the demonstration and cut
the chains with bolt cutters, but no arrests were made and no-one
was injured in the incident. Caterpillar refused to comment on the
Jeff Luers is serving an unbelievable 22 years for setting
fire to 3 SUV vehicles in a car yard in Eugene, USA, to make a statement
about global warming. This sentence is unbelievably harsh, seeing
as his co-defendant got three years - a more average time for eco-inspired
arson. There will be a global day of action on June 12th in his
support - to find out whats going on your area to mark this
day see www.freefreenow.org
Write to Jeff Luers, #13797671, OSP, 2605 State Street Salem, OR
* The Earth Liberation Support prisoner list has more than doubled
in recent months. To get names and addresss of prisoners you
can write to see www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk
Hunting is a religion, and should be protected like all other religions.
This is the novel new idea being promoted by a group calling themselves
the Free Church of Country Sports, who are hoping to use the Human
Rights Act to protect their cult status. Its founding fathers
claim that proposed legislation to ban hunting will infringe their
rights as a religious minority.
Comparing the hunt to other religions, they reckon that new members
are baptised in the blood of the killed animal (this
is no stranger than dressing them in white and submerging
them in water apparently), they blow a horn similar to that
used in Jewish customs, and have their own language, art and customs.
One of the founders maintained that the church is valid, adding
We have plenty of headed note paper.!
They are currently looking to recruit 7000 members, and get official
recognition as a religion. As a church, we could not be attacked
by a government. There would, of course, be a court case, which
is what we want, said a spokesman.
Here at SchNEWS Towers were praying for divine intervention.
SchNEWS warns all readers well be bnack with more seedy
goings on with the growth of Darwinian capitalism ... Honest!
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