Archives for the 'North-South' Category

Biosafety Expert Meeting In Quezon City, Philippines

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Consumers Union of Japan and the No! GMO Campaign participated in a four-day meeting in the Philippines in November, to discuss the risks associated with genetically modified organisms (GMO). Of particular interest was the ambush by the biotech industry in … Read More

Posted December 4th, 2013 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Food Security, North-South

International Film Festival on Organic Farming

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The 7th organic film festival will be held in Tokyo on November 23-24, 2013. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with recent trends and watch documentaries from Japan and abroad. The theme this year is “Holding on … Read More

Posted September 25th, 2013 in Biodiversity, Food, North-South

BSE In Brazil

Open letter: Our demands regarding mad cow disease in Brazil To: Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi From: Food Safety Citizens’ Watch January 9, 2013 Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced on December 8, 2012 on its homepage that … Read More

Posted February 8th, 2013 in BSE, Food, North-South, Trade

Highlights From The Negotiations In Hyderabad About Biological Diversity

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Updates about GMOs from the Convention of Biological Diversity It is not always easy to follow the details of the discussions and negotiations of international agreements… Media pays scant attention or ignores important concerns. Governments provide a massive amount of … Read More

Posted October 24th, 2012 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, North-South

Stop TPP Action/Occupy Monsanto

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On the first Tuesday of every month, demonstrations will be held in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo. Together we can stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)! Consumers Union of Japan has joined together with other organizations … Read More

Posted October 10th, 2012 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Civil Rights, Corporate Responsibility, North-South, TPP, Trade

Ramsar Convention Adopts Anti-GM Rice Resolution

At the 11th meeting of the Ramsar Convention for wetlands, a draft resolution was introduced that came dangerously close to open a back door to genetically modified rice. Rice paddy fields in many countries are supporting wildlife such as migratory … Read More

Posted July 25th, 2012 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Chemical pollution, North-South, Organic Agriculture/Food

Protect Life And Biological Diversity; Oppose Genetically Modified Food And TPP!

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An Appeal from the NO! GMO Campaign in Japan As part of our participation in Collective Rice Action (CORA) 2012 June 1, 2012 Protect life and biological diversity; oppose genetically modified food and TPP! We are very concerned about the … Read More

Posted June 6th, 2012 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Food Security, North-South, TPP, Trade

Yokohama APEC People’s Declaration

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an economic forum promoting the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investments, economic and technical cooperation, and related issues. Many NGOs from Japan and other coutries participated in the No! APEC Yokohama People’s Forum. Yokohama People’s … Read More

Posted December 22nd, 2010 in Civil Rights, Food Security, FTA, North-South, Uncategorized

Why Are Consumers Opposing TPP?

The Problems of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Yamaura Yasuaki Secretary General of Consumers Union of Japan November 3, 2010 (1) The Problems of FTA/EPA Currently, the participation in TPP is a very large political issue for Japan. We regard … Read More

Posted November 19th, 2010 in Food Security, FTA, North-South, TPP, Trade, WTO

Recent Food Activism

Rice trust movement event in Aigamo, Ibaragi prefecture, Japan

Consumers Union of Japan works closely with a number of local groups around the country and abroad, to promote consumer rights, peace, food safety and food security and many other issues. Here are some recent stories from our office in … Read More

Posted June 9th, 2010 in Biotechnology, Food Security, North-South