Peasants mobilize against the proposed 4-year waiting period for

2006-03-20 00:00:00

At March 16th , nearly 1500 peasants from Via Campesina participated in a
demonstration in front of the Expo Trade Center in Curitiba where the 3rd
Meeting of the Parties to the Cartegena Protocol for Biosecurity (MOP 3)
is being held.

Armed with flags, chants, signs and banners the peasants protested
against the 4-year implementation period proposed by Brasil for
identifying GMO products and denounced violations by transnational
companies. "We call for approval of the label 'contains GMOs' and want
the identification of these types of products to start immediately," said
Cledicir Zucchi of Via Campesina.

During the mobilization, peasants blocked 2 of the 3 access roads to the
Expo Trade Center. This morning the peasants will participate in a
debate on the privatization of natural resources taking place at the
Global Forum of Civil Society.