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Critiquing Biotechnology and Industrial Agriculture

Genetic engineering of crops and foods represents the newest stage of the industrialization of agriculture, and threatens to increase the control over our food supply by a small number of transnational corporations whose first loyalty is to the bottom line, even as the environment, our health, and the rights of farmers and indigenous peoples are placed in jeopardy.

So-called ‘life sciences’ corporations–who have come into existence through mergers and takeovers between pesticide and pharmaceutical giants with seed companies, with the support of compliant government officials, propagate myths about the safety and benefits of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and foods. The GE food campaign at Food First focuses on countering these myths with carefully researched facts. Our research shows that GE is not a likely solution to world hunger, nor is it a particularly productive or effective technology to introduce into the agricultural systems of either the third world or northern countries, while the risks it entails are potentially great but largely unstudied.

Food First calls for an immediate moratorium on commercial use of GE seeds and foods until each potential product has passed broadly agreed upon health and environmental safety tests. We demand that the regulatory process for GE products be reformed to assure objective and critical review in the public interest, and we demand that research funding be more fairly distributed such that more promising, environmentally sound and socially just agroecological alternatives do not fall by the wayside.


Greenpeace wants ban on freeing altered organisms (The Dominion, Wellington, NZ)
[posted March 20th, 2001]


March 2001
Toward a Political Economy of Opinion Formation on Genetically Modified Foods
Peter Rosset, Ph.D, Co-Director Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

December 2000
FAO Conference Summary: Can agricultural biotechnology help to reduce hunger and increase food security in developing countries?

December 2000
Fact Sheet: Food Aid in The New Millennium - Genetically Engineered Food and Foreign Assistance
also available as a PDF

July 2000
The Future of our Food Supply: Biotechnology vs. Agroecology
July 3, 2000, RealPlayer video interview with Dr. Peter Rosset, co-Director of Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy and Dr. Miguel Altieri, Professor of Environmental Science at the University of California at Berkeley

July 2000
Can Biology End World Hunger?
Margaret Wertheim, LA Weekly

July 2000
Eastern Europe Opposes US Budget Proposals to Push Agricultural Biotech: Environmental Groups in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States Press Release

May 2000
Genetic Engineering of Food Crops for the Third World:
An Appropriate Response to Poverty, Hunger and Lagging Productivity?
Peter Rosset, Ph.D, Co-Director Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

May 2000
Food First and Third World Network Discuss Sustainable Agriculture at the 8th Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
(Link to Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

April 2000
Promise and Pitfalls of Using Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries
Ira Flatow, National Public Radio, Science Friday

April 2000
Genetically Modified Food
Melissa Simpson,

April 2000
Leading Scientists Debate the Merits of Biotechnology

March/April 2000
Lessons from the Green Revolution: Do We Need New Technology to End Hunger?
Peter Rosset, Joseph Collins, and Frances Moore Lappé, Tikkun Magazine

March 2000
Groups Demand Genetically Engineered Foods Undergo Food Additive Review Process
Rebecca Osvath, Food Chemical News

January/February 2000
Chemical Giants' Test-tube Foods Threaten Health and Bio-diversity
Renee Kjartan, Washington Free Press

October 1999
Ten reasons why biotechnology will not ensure food security, protect the environment and reduce poverty in the developing world
Miguel A. Altieri, University of California, Berkeley and Peter Rosset, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Oakland, California
(Also available en español)

April 1999
Comments Submitted to FDA criticizing weaknesses in the agency's proposed regulatory framework regarding antibiotic resistance and agriculture

Op Eds

Biotech's Chancy 'Quick Fix' For Hunger, Washington Times
Posted: [January 2001]

Genetic engineering of food is not the answer, Philedelphia Inquirer
Posted: [October 2000]

Enough Food to Feed the Whole World, Washington Post
Posted: [September 2000]

Action Alerts:

November 1, 2000
Action Alert: Send a letter to the FDA about Geneticly Engineeered foods.


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