Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/GE-Maize-Field-Trial-Action-in-Belgium-27MZIFIWCCOO.htmlConceptually similarGE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JQCompleted★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JSCompleted★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JUCompleted★★★★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JOCompleted★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JTCompleted★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JNCompleted★★★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JPCompleted★★★★GE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGP021JVCompleted★★★★Action against Genetically Engineered MaizeGP02ZFZCompleted★★★★View AllGP021JRGE Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumGreenpeace activists enter a test field ofthe Flemish Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research in Wetteren, close to Ghent. They sowed organic flowers on what a few hours later would turn into the first Belgian field with the genetically modified maize MON810. The banner reads: "Sow safely or not at all!"Locations:Belgium-Europe-WetterenDate:27 Apr, 2010Credit:© Greenpeace / Philip ReynaersMaximum size:1664px X 2500pxKeywords:Actions and protests-Activists-Agricultural land-Banners-Fields-Greenpeace activists-KWCI (GPI)-Men-Monsanto-SAGE (campaign title)-Seeds-Sunrises-Sustainable agriculture-Two peopleShoot:GM Maize Field Trial Action in BelgiumAround 7 o'clock in the morning Greenpeace activists entered a test field of the Flemish Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research in Wetteren, close to Ghent. They sowed organic flowers on what a few hours later would turn into the first Belgian field with genetically modified maize MON810. The sowing of MON810 is an initiative of the Flemish authorities, that want to test in practice the conditions for cultivation of GM maize created by the coexistence legislation. The Flemish government is explicitly promoting GM crops and heavily influenced by the strong pro-GM lobby in the region. MON810 has been banned by 6 EU member states because of environmental risks, while in Flanders it's the government itself who's sowing it. "Apparently in Flanders the interests of Monsanto have more weight than risks for the environment and public health", said Jonas Hulsens, Greenpeace Belgium Agriculture campaigner. "Instead of subsidising publicity-stunts for the biotech industry, the government should rather have a look at the conclusions of the IAASTD, and start investing in ecological farming methods that maintain the national resources our food production depends on, without adding new risks like GM crops do."