Activists are going (soy)nuts in Brussels
Soya & Oilseed Industry News About 50 Greenpeace protesters Thursday occupied the Brussels offices of U.S.-based agribusiness major Monsanto Co. (MON).
Meanwhile, a European Parliament committee approved strict rules on labeling genetically modified food products.
Monsanto was targeted because it’s the world’s leading producer of genetically modified crops, Greenpeace says. Their sit-in came on the same day the European parliament passed strict new labeling laws and just days before European governments are scheduled to discuss potential penalties against farmers who use GM seeds.
It also comes at a time of heightened transatlantic tensions over biotech crops. Earlier this month, the U.S. decided to sue the European Union for barring GM products.
The activists entered the offices around 0700 GMT and left about 1330 GMT. Several scaled a roof and hung a five-by-six meter banner reading