Mr Bart Staes is a Belgian politician and as from 1999 a Member of the European Parliament for the Flemish Greens (Belgium). He is a member of Groen which is one of the 32 members of the European Green Party and his roots are based in environmental and peace movements. He is very active on food and agriculture related issues in the Committee of Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Bart Staes is currently also Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control. Bart Staes graduated as a teacher of Dutch, English and economics and is the author of several books on the illegal use of growth promoters in livestock, on the GMO issue and on social and financial topics.