Seeking serious debate? You’ve been CRISPR-conned.
Civil Society Statement on CRISPRcon 2019 CRISPRcon advertises itself as a forum that brings together a broad selection of diverse voices to discuss the sweeping potential implications of CRISPR technologies for our food, health and ecosystems. Widespread and grave concerns about the potentially disastrous consequences for humanity and nature arising from CRISPR technologies have been […]
Synthetic Biology Shopper’s Guide: updated and in stores now!
SynBioWatch, in collaboration with Friends of the Earth US and the Independent Natural Food and Retailers Association (INFRA), is launching an updated version of our Synthetic Biology Shopper’s Guide. The guide has been printed and is being distributed in over 350 locations of INFRA members across the USA in October. Download the Shopper’s Guide in […]
The Gene Drive Files: Disclosed Emails Reveal Military as top funder of dangerous new genetic manipulation technique
Gates Foundation paying $1.6 million to influence UN Expert Process
News Release: “Bleeding” veggie burger has “no basis for safety,” according to FDA
Documents show that makers of the “Impossible Burger” ignored FDA’s warnings about safety of burger’s key GMO ingredient Cross-posted from ETC Group. August 8, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Creators of a fake-meat burger made with a high-profile genetically engineered ingredient may have landed their experimental industry in a sizzling food safety mess, casting doubt on […]
New “Biotech for Biofuels” compilation released
via Biofuelwatch: “Biotechnology for Biofuels” includes in-depth investigations of three biofuel companies – Algenol, Mascoma, and Solazyme/TerraVia, and will be updated with forthcoming reports on algal and ligno-cellulosic biofuels, followed by further materials. Policy-makers and industry leaders are pinning their hopes on biofuels and an entire bioeconomy where fuels, consumer goods, plastics, chemicals and materials […]
Biofuelwatch Responds to First Open Pond Testing of GMO algae
Cross-posted from Biofuelwatch. In response to the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy’s publication of results from open pond testing of genetically engineered microalgae, Biofuelwatch warns that such tests are far more risky than most people realize, and should be cause for concern, not celebration. It is assumed, and these tests in fact […]
African Centre for Biodiversity releases briefings on risks of new GM technologies
Cross-posted from African Centre for Biodiversity. Link: http://acbio.org.za/two-simplified-briefings-introducing-new-gm-technologies-and-biosafety-risks/ Last month, the African Centre for Biodiversity released two simplified briefings on plant breeding and gene editing. These reports introduce the novel techniques and their associated biosafety concerns, refuting the claim that crops developed with these methods represent technological progress in ‘precision’ and ‘safety’. Click here to download the Plant […]
Is “Food-Tech” the Future of Food?
by Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth US. Cross-posted from https://medium.com/@foe_us/is-food-tech-the-future-of-food-49bd414cfb8b Today in San Francisco at the Future Food-Tech conference, multinational food and agrichemical corporations, Silicon Valley investors, PR companies, big ag astroturf groups, and biotech startups are gathering to map out the future of our food system — and attract […]
Four Steps Forward, One Leap Back on Global Governance of Synthetic Biology
UN Biodiversity Convention grapples with threats posed by extreme biotech industry CANCUN, MEXICO — This week, 196 countries meeting at the 2016 UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties made progress on the global governance and oversight of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology (syn bio) has become one of the most fiercely debated topics […]
Greater regulation needed on synthetic biology at the COP 13
by Friends of the Earth International Friends of the Earth International and allies call for greater regulation on synthetic biology at the COP 13 Mariann Bassey Orovwuje (Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria) and member of the Friends of the Earth International delegation at the thirteenth Convention of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological […]