UN Special Rapporteur: Recognize Farmers’ Rights to Seeds as Human Rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food has called for national laws to recognize farmers’ rights as human rights, and establish farmers’ rights as the fundamental aspect of national seed systems. […]

The Need for Horizon Scanning and Technology Assessment to Address the Evolving Nature of Genetic Engineering

Examples of new developments in genetic engineering – gene drives, genetically engineered viruses and RNA interference – demonstrate why horizon scanning and technology assessment are urgently needed. […]

How the CBD Can Improve Governance of Synthetic Biology Developments

This report, published by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, aims to enable governments to be prepared for current and future developments in synthetic biology, namely through the process of technology horizon scanning, monitoring and assessment. […]

Bt Cotton in India is Not a Pro-Poor Technology

This study argues that Bt cotton in India contains an inherent ‘sociobiological obsolescence’ , which has resulted in the dispossession of resource-poor farmers and has thus never been a pro-poor technology. […]

GM Wheat in Argentina Delivering Poor Yields

GM wheat has been approved for planting in Argentina, and for import in Brazil. However, the GM wheat is giving poor yields, around two-thirds of the average for non-GM wheat. […]

Bt Cowpea May Present Hazards to Human and Environmental Health

There are substantial deficiencies in the risk assessment of Bt cowpea approved for cultivation in Nigeria, with several issues of concern regarding the safety of the Bt toxins produced in the plants. […]

Transgenic Glowing Fish Escape and Thrive in the Wild in Brazil

Transgenic glowing fish have escaped fish farms and are thriving in creeks in Brazil, posing a threat to local species by competing for food or preying on them. […]

Decolonizing and Democratizing Food Knowledge Systems

While evidence of the transformative potential of agroecology, regenerative approaches, and Indigenous foodways already exists, action is needed to overcome the politics of knowledge that keep these approaches from being understood, taken up, and acted upon. […]

Damaging Dicamba Drift and Worsening Weed Resistance with GE Crops

The cultivation of GE crops resistant to dicamba is causing US farmers more problems from damage from dicamba drift and an increase in herbicide-resistant weeds. […]

The Financialisation of Malaria in Africa: Burkina Faso, rogue capital & GM /gene drive mosquitoes

This paper shows how malaria, along with other diseases, is increasingly financialised – financial markets, institutions, actors and motives play a pivotal role in disease response, including in the case of GM/gene drive mosquitoes. […]