Facts to advocate for GMO regulation

Beyond sanitary issues, GMO present ethic and environmental problems : They are a threat to biodiversity, food safety and food sovereignty.

On regulation issues

The Guide is the product of a process which started early in 2001. It is the result of the collaboration of IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development
(FIELD), later joined by the World Resources Institute. It is also the result of a consultation process over nearly two years. Link : Carthagena Protocol website

An Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
The main goal of the Guide is to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations of the Parties under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It is an explanatory guide, which attempts to provide an information base on the content and origin of the provisions of the Protocol. While it is hoped that the Guide will contribute to the implementation of the Protocol, it is not intended as a detailed guide on how to implement the Protocol at the national level. Rather it attempts to provide an accessible explanation of the Protocol’s provisions and to identify issues which Parties may want to consider as they decide how to implement the Protocol.
IUCN guide.pdf
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On sanitary issues

You can find plainty of informations on the following links and documents:

Friend of the Earth report

The rise in pesticide use
Who benefits from GM crops.pdf
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Greenpeace report

Herbicide tolerance and GM crops
The evidence detailed in this report demonstrates that glyphosate-based products can have adverse impacts on human and animal health, and that a review of their safety for human and animal health is urgently needed.
Why the world should be Ready to Round U
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On GMO assesment

GMO expertise : assesment turns its back on science

Assesment turns its back on science
It is essential to emphasize that the issue of GMOs is not limited to the technical aspect. One could even consider this aspect to be absolutely minor. The modern development of biotechnologies (not limited to GMOs) has led to major societal and ethical problems, which must not be dealt with simply by using “scientific” expertise. Nonetheless, the promoters of these technologies, whether they are scientists, engineers or politicians, wax lyrical about Science, Real Science and “sound” Science.
GMO expertise.pdf
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On socio-economic effects

A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs
Dedicated to the peasants of India who led the first movement of freedom 150 years ago and are rising once again to A global citizens report that documents the false promises and failed genetic engineering technologies in agriculture.
The GMO emperor has no clothes.pdf
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The socio-economic effects of GMOs
Conventional and organic farmers, bee keepers, seed developers, as well as the whole food production chain, are constantly threatened by GMO contamination. Yet, co-existence regulations cover contamination in the farming sector in only half of EU countries. Even in those, the protection offered to farmers is weak and partial. In the food sector, contamination is not covered by any national regulations. Instead, European policy relies on the assumption
that the non-GM stakeholders in the food industry will pay for all measures to secure their GM-free status.
Hidden costs for the food chain.pdf
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How international regulations affect farmer seeds

Seeds and farmers' Rights

seeds and famers' rights.pdf
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The renaissance in farmer varieties has been accompanied and
carried onwards by a groundswell of awareness on the part of
professional farmers, as well as the general public, of the need to turn
towards agro-ecological cultivation practices. The movement must
meet the challenge of finding its place in a difficult, even hostile,
economic and regulatory environment, the consequence of decades of
productivist agricultural policies subsidising the creation of varieties
meeting exclusively industrial needs.


How do international regulations affect farmer seeds? What are the
threats to farmers’ rights over their seeds, the foundation of food
sovereignty? This dossier aims to shed some light on these questions.

Red alert! GMO avalanche in Mexico: GRAIN | 21 November 2012

GMO avalanche in Mexico
Red alert.pdf
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The agribusiness transnationals are bearing down on Latin America with a force recalling their initial assault under the banner of the “green revolution” in the 1960s, or the first incursion of genetically engineered (GE) organisms (also known as GMOs or genetically modified organisms) in the 1990s. From one end of the continent to the other, and under different guises, the GMO invasion is threatening the livelihoods and the health of millions of peasants, first peoples, and consumers.

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GMOs in Mexico: A Crime Against Peasant And Indigenous Maize; A Crime Against Humanity

La Via Campesina - Press Release

Mexico City, November 20, 2012.  In the next few days, the multinationals Monsanto, DuPont and Dow are expecting a positive response from the Mexican Government to sow 2.4 million hectares of GM maize in Mexico, a surface area equivalent to that of El Salvador. The situation is extremely alarming since Mexico is the world’s centre of maize diversity, with thousands of varieties in the fields of peasant and indigenous communities. Maize is currently one of the world’s three main food staples, so the contamination of Mexican maize by dangerous GMOs is a threat to the entire planet.

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Via Campesina calls upon its organizations to organize a major offensive and to remain alert. in the face of this offensive, we must mobilize in all countries: filing complaints at headquarters of the multinationals Monsanto, DuPont and Dow and with the governments that support them; filing complaints with bodies such as the FAO and the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD); pressuring Mexican embassies throughout the world; organizing demonstrations and other actions; disseminating the information through all possible media. The people and peasant communities of Mexico resist the multinationals. Reject this attack on life across the planet!



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