Unintended Genomic Outcomes in Current and Next Generation GM Techniques

This meta-analysis reveals a range of unintended genomic outcomes of current and next generation GM techniques in plants, which raises biosafety concerns. However, analytical methods to detect these changes need to be improved. […]

Why ‘Safe Enough’ is Not Good Enough in Debates on New Gene Technologies

Open, transparent, and inclusive societal debate that goes beyond the ‘safe enough’ framing of risk assessment would allow for discussions of the socio-economic and cultural aspects, and of the benefits, drawbacks, and alternatives to new gene techniques. […]

How Biotech Giants Use Patents and New GMOs to Control the Future of Food

Global biotech companies are seeking to increase their control over the future of farming by extensively patenting plants and developing a new generation of GMOs. […]

New Genomic Techniques Must Be Assessed According to the Precautionary Principle

New genomic techniques should be strictly regulated according to the Precautionary Principle in order to protect consumers from risks, guarantee freedom of choice and prevent damage to ecosystems and biodiversity. […]

Breaking the World’s Chemical Fertiliser Addiction

Given the high costs of chemical fertilisers, it is critical that governments focus on reducing their consumption in the long-term, including supporting farmers to transition towards environmentally-sound and more cost-effective alternatives. […]

Biodiversity Meeting Agrees on Limited Action on Technology and Synthetic Biology

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have successfully established a process for horizon scanning, monitoring and assessment of the most recent technological developments in synthetic biology. […]

Civil Society Organisations Around the Globe Demand a Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Gene Drives at UN Biodiversity Conference

Civil society organisations around the globe demand a moratorium on genetically engineered gene drives at UN Biodiversity Conference […]

Bringing Horizon Scanning, Technology Assessment and Monitoring into the Future Work of the CBD

New briefing from ETC Group and Friends of the Earth calls on delegates to the upcoming UN biodiversity meetings in Montreal (3-19 December, 2022) to continue the CBD’s long and world-leading commitment to precaution. […]

Updated Briefing Note on Target 7 (pesticides) of the Post-2020 GBF

Briefing note from Pesticide Action Network UK and the Third World Network addressing the pesticides aspects of Target 7 of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The analysis is on the ‘streamlined’ text proposed by the Informal Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. […]

Updated Briefing Note on Target 17 (biosafety) of the Post-2020 GBF

TWN briefing note on Target 17 of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Target 17 is the biosafety target and would apply to all Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The analysis is on the ‘streamlined’ text proposed by the Informal Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. […]