PANNA: Resource Pointer #318 (Genetically Engineered Food)


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Resource Pointer #318 (Genetically Engineered Food)
April 16, 2003

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*7th International Gathering On Biodevastation: Genetic Engineering: A Technology of Corporate Control* May 16-18, 2003. St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the Gateway Green Alliance. Workshop and forum topics include corporate control of seed, environmental racism, biowarfare, globalization and crop contamination. Speakers include Ignacio Chapela, Kristin Dawkins, Ana Ruiz Diaz, Michael Hansen, Anuradha Mittal, Percy Schmeiser, Vandana Shiva and Brian Tokar. Registration costs (do not include meals and lodging): US$60 for individuals, US$500 for government or corporate persons; less for single days. Discounts available. Contact Gateway Green Alliance, P.O. Box 8094, St. Louis, MO 63156; phone (314) 664-1199; email; Web site

*World Consumer Rights Day 2003 Kit: Corporate Control of the Food Chain: The GM Link, 2003* Consumers International. Provides background information and resources to develop grassroots campaigns against corporate control of food supply. Highlights consumer rights to safe products, product information, choice and a healthy environment. Suggests campaigns to address genetically engineered food labeling, regulation, corporate propaganda and more. 64 pages. Download free at Contact Consumers International, 24 Highbury Cresent, London N5 1RX, UK; phone (44-207) 226 6663; fax (44-207) 354 0607; email; Web site

*Heartbreak in the Heartland: The True Cost of Genetically Engineered Crops, 2001* Video. Farmers Percey Schmeiser (Canada) and Rodney Nelson (U.S.) describe their legal battles with Monsanto. Presents details on patent rights, genetic pollution, superweeds, corporate intimidation tactics, and general concerns about genetically engineered crops. 26 minutes. US$7.50. View online free at Contact Say No to GMOS!; phone (512) 303-1400; email; Web site

*Seeds of Doubt: North American Farmers’ Experiences of GM Crops, 2002* Soil Association. Challenges the myths that genetically engineered (GE) crops produce higher yields, lower pesticide use, increase food security and profit farmers. Discusses GE crops’ impact on farming practices (including increased pesticide use), genetic pollution, legal issues, economic impacts and farming organizations’ responses to GE crops in North America. 67 pages. UK$12, approx. US$19. Available online at Contact Soil Association, Bristol House, 40-56 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BY, UK; phone (44-117) 929 0661; fax (44-117) 925 2504; email; Web site

*Science-based Policy in the Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods, 2001* Sheldon Krimsky and Nora Murphy. Compares how science is used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in evaluating risks associated with genetically engineered crops and food ingredients. Argues that current scientific knowledge alone is insufficient in evaluating such risks and the EPA and FDA should develop some guiding principles for regulation that reach beyond empirical data. 92 pages. US$10.00. Contact Sheldon Krimsky, Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155; phone (617) 627-3394; fax (617) 627-3377; email; Web site

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