PANNA: Resource Pointer #244


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Resource Pointer #244
October 30, 2000

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

*Genetically Engineered Crops and Foods: PANNA Online Presentation, 2000* Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA). Brief yet comprehensive Web-based tutorial provides a colorful, well-documented introduction to the issue of genetically engineered crops and foods. Users can select topics of interest or print the entire text. Topics include how genetic engineering is being used in food, the industry’s claims, impacts on human health, the environment and agriculture, regulation, and the growing opposition. Includes list of resources for action. Contact PANNA, 49 Powell St., #500, San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 981-1771; fax (415) 981-1991; email; Web site

*Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers, 2000* Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston. Explores current debates surrounding health and environmental risks of genetically engineered foods. Contains extensive new research on which US food companies are using genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and which do not. Provides practical guidelines for consumers who wish to keep GE foods out of their diet. 208 pp. US$12.95. Available at conventional and online bookstores, or contact Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, 2105 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404; phone (612) 870-0453; Fax (612) 870-4846; email; Web site

*True Food Shopping List: How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Food, 2000* Greenpeace. Lists foods made without ingredients from GE crops, food made by companies taking action to eliminate GE ingredients and foods likely to be made with GE ingredients. Foods reviewed include baby food, cereals, frozen dinners, meat alternatives, snack foods and more. Focuses on foods made with ingredients commonly derived from GE crops. List compiled primarily from direct communications with food producers. 53 pp. Free (US$5 suggested donation) or download from Web site. Contact Greenpeace True Food Network, 702 H Street NW, Washington, DC 200001; phone (800) 219-9260; fax (202) 462-4507; email; Web site

*Food, Farms and Genetic Engineering: Consumer Action Kit, 2000* Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet. Provides information on GE foods and actions shoppers can take to reduce consumption of GE foods. Discusses need for labeling, how GE foods enter our diet, government regulation of GE foods and more. Lists organic and rBGH (genetically engineered recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)-free dairy foods, seed resources, companies with GE-free products and the ten largest US food companies. 20 pp. Free. Contact Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211; phone (212) 242-0010; fax (212) 242-0545; email; Web site

*California Farm Conference: Healthy Farms–Healthy Communities: Ingredients for Success* November 17-19, 2000, Santa Rosa, CA. Conference features over 40 seminars, workshops, short courses and tours. Workshop tracks include specialty crops and products, crop and livestock production, sustainable farming practices, farmers markets, marketing, education about family farms and food systems, and farm and food policy and action&emdash;including a workshop on pesticides, patents and genetically modified organisms. Short course topics include agricultural and nature tourism, grower-retail relationships and merchandising/marketing strategies, sustainable vineyard management and biotechnology. Sponsors include Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Santa Rosa Junior College and others. US$25 for half day short course, US$90 for basic two day registration. Contact California Farm Conference 2000, c/o 3377 Early Times Ln., Auburn, CA 95603-7900; phone (530) 888-9206; fax (831) 459-2799; email or; Web site

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