Jadwiga Lopata, 2002 Goldman Prize winner for Poland. (Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Fight to Keep Poland GMO Free Reaches New Turning Point

July 12, 2011

Jadwiga Lopata (2002) has had a busy year so far, holding mass picnics, organizing online poster design contests, staging press conferences, and dressing up as Frankenstein potatoes at street demonstrations to keep genetically modified crops out of Poland. The events are successfully educating people about the risks associated with growing and eating genetically modified foods.

Under her leadership, the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) has generated an outpouring of support to protect small family farms in Poland, with thousands writing letters to members of the Polish parliament to ban genetically modified crops.

Her movement will face another test in the coming days as the government debates legislation that could open up Polish farms to genetically modified crops. To read more about their work, visit ICPPC’s website.