PANNA: Resource Pointer #216


Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)

Resource Pointer #216

August 13, 1999

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

*Biotechnology in the Global Economy* September 2-3, 1999. Conference sponsored by Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID). Focus on implications of biotechnology for international trade; intellectual property rights; biodiversity prospecting; developing countries; human and environmental safety; and ethics and social values. Discussions will aim to formulate research agendas, guide further policy discussions and contribute to shaping educational material on biotechnology and public policy. Free. Advance registration required. Contact Center for International Development at Harvard University, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 02138; phone (617) 496-0433; email; website; pre-conference online discussion forum

*Ag-Biotech Infonet* Web resource on agricultural applications of biotechnology. Provides text of articles on insect, herbicide and virus resistance, other genetically engineered traits, industry mergers and integration, environmental impacts, consumer choice and more. Includes links to professional, academic, corporate, government, consumer and environmental groups’ sites as well as links to relevant archives and journals.

*An Activist’s Handbook on Genetically Modified Organisms and the WTO, 1999* Matthew Stilwell and Brennan Van Dyke. Provides interpretation of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that may be used to challenge national labeling requirements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Suggests ways GMO labeling systems can be protected from interference from international trade rules. 25 pp. Free. Contact Consumer’s Choice Council, 2000 P Street NW, Suite 308, Washington, DC 20036-6923; phone (202) 785-1950; fax (202) 452-9640; email; website

*Selling Suicide: Farming, False Promises and Genetic Engineering in Developing Countries, 1999* Christian Aid. Presents Christian Aid’s position on use of genetically engineered crops in developing countries. Argues these crops are irrelevant to ending hunger and expresses concerns about concentration of power in food production. Includes case study material from India, Brazil and Ethiopia. 52 pp. UK$3.50. Contact Christian Aid, P.O. Box 100, London SE1 7RT, U.K.; phone (44) 171-620-4444; fax (44) 171-620-0719; email; website

*A Short Cut to Better Food? About Genetic Engineering, 1999* Carsten Elert and Kurt Kjeldsen. Presents Danish Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NNF) concerns about genetically engineered foods. Includes introduction to basic facts about science of genetic engineering. Discusses labeling, risk assessment and safety measures. 32 pp. Free. Contact Danish Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NNF Denmark), C.F. Richs Vej 103, P.O. Box 79; 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark; phone (45 38) 187272; fax (45 38) 187223; email

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