Farida Akhter with farmer Hasina

Farida (right, with seed-saving farmers), an eminent critic of GM Bt brinjal’s performance in Bangladesh, will visit 5 venues

This October, Monsanto is facing an international court in The Hague. While this is a symbolic people’s court, the witnesses are real. They have been called because they have suffered human rights abuses, threats to their communities and destruction of their environment.

Come and hear from one of these witnesses, Farida Akhter, who is touring around the UK before travelling to the Hague for the tribunal. Farida is a Bangladeshi economist and the founder of the biggest collection of community seed banks in the world.

GMWatch readers will know Farida as the director of the Bangladeshi development policy group, UBINIG.

UBINIG has collected data that counter the propaganda narrative of GM Bt brinjal’s success in Bangladesh. These data reveal the crop to be a widespread failure and to be dependent on an array of pesticides, some of which have already been banned in the country.
Tour dates:

Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
When: 18:30 Friday 7 October
Venue: Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
When: 15:00 Sunday 9 October
Venue: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse street, Leeds, S6 2NY
Where: 18:30 Monday 10 October
Venue: University of Manchester (exact location tbc)
Where: 18:30 Tuesday 11 October
Venue: The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
Where: 19:00 Wednesday 12 October

Main source and for more information: Global Justice Now