PANNA: Resource Pointer #327 (Biotechnology in the Global South)


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Resource Pointer #327 (Biotechnology in the Global South)
July 2, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Voices From the South: The Third World Debunks Corporate Myths on Genetically Engineered Crops, 2003* Ellen Hickey and Anuradha Mittal (editors). Systematically refutes six arguments for Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in Third World countries, including the popular belief that GE crops are a solution to world hunger. Incorporates authors from 13 developing countries to argue that the development of GE crops has not focused on feeding people but rather on securing market share for the world's largest agrochemical/biotech companies. 64 pages. Available for free download at http://www.foodfirst.org/progs/global/ge/sactoministerial/voices.php. Contact Pesticide Action Network North America, 49 Powell St., Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 981-1771; fax (415) 981-1991; email panna@panna.org; Web site http://www.panna.org/.

*Playing With Hunger: The Reality Behind the Shipment of GMOs as Food Aid, 2003* Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). Recounts the debate spurred by South African countries' refusal to accept Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food aid. Discusses the implications of GMO food aid through case studies of genetically modified crops in 9 developing countries. 22 pages. Available for free download at http://www.foei.org/publications/index.html. Contact Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), PO Box 19199, 1000 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands; phone (31 20) 622-1369; fax (31 20) 639-2181; email foei@foei.org; Web site http://www.foei.org/.

*The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World, 2003* Independent Science Panel (ISP). Provides a scientific assessment of the evidence on genetic engineering over the past decade. Questions the safety of genetic engineering and its role in third world development, and calls for the adoption of sustainable agriculture. 136 pages. Available for free download at: http://www.foodfirst.org/progs/global/ge/isp/ or as hardcopy for UK£7 through ISP. Contact Independent Science Panel (ISP), PO Box 32097, London NW1, 0XR, United Kingdom; email info@indsp.org; Web site http://indsp.org/.

*Genetically Modified Crops and Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Assessment of Current Evidence, 2003* Aaron deGrassi. Evaluates current experiences with genetically modified crops in Africa using empirical methods and six criteria: demand led, site specific, poverty focused, cost effective, or institutionally sustainable. Assesses three genetically modified crops; cotton, maize, and sweet potatoes. 92 pages. Available for free download at: http://twnafrica.org/. Contact Third World Network (TWN) Africa, 9 Ollenu Street, East Legon, PO Box AN19452, Accra-North, Ghana; phone (23 21) 150-3669; fax (23 32) 151-1188; email contact@twnafrica.org; Web site http://twnafrica.org/.

*Governing the GM Crop Revolution: Policy Choices for Developing Countries, 2000* Robert Paarlberg. Offers a comparison of policy responses to genetically modified (GM) crops in developing countries. Examines the policy decisions made in four developing countries -- Brazil, China, India, and Kenya -- and devises a system for classifying policy choices toward GM crops in the areas of intellectual property rights, food safety, biosafety, trade, and public research investment. 45 pages. Available for free download at: http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/catalog.htm#dp. Contact International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-1002; phone (202) 862-5600; fax (202) 467-4439; email ifpri@cgiar.org; Web site http://www.ifpri.org/.

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