Author: Dorota Metera
On 3 April 2012, activists of Greenpeace, Citizen Action "GMO to nie to" (GMO is not that), and other NGOs were drumming on the world’s biggest drum in front of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in order to help the government to take the decision on the ban of cultivation of GMO (see picture). At the same time in Sejm (the Polish Parliament), the conference "GMO in agriculture and food production - opportunities and dangers of genetic modification of plants and animals" was taking place. A petition against the GMO signed by 40 000 citizens was handed over to the Prime Minister on the same day.
Since summer 2011, when the Seed Act allowing the registration of GMO plant varieties was vetoed by the President Bronislaw Komorowski, civil society has continuously been asking the government to ban the cultivation of GMO is Poland and to introduce the European law requiring the monitoring and control mechanism as well as registers of GMO plants cultivation available for the public. According to the yearly reports of Monsanto, MON 810 maize has been grown on 3000 ha since 2008, but even the Ministry of Environment, who is responsible for GMO in Poland, doesn't know where it is located.
After the demonstration of bee keepers on 15 of March, Marek Sawicki, Minister of Agriculture, has published the proposal of the regulation on the ban of 210 maize MON 810 varieties. Just now, Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, has published the proposal of the legal act on GMO. The voice of civil society is finally heard, but it looks like it must be fortified by the drums.