The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World

The Independent Science Panel (ISP) on GM – launched 10 May 2003 at a public conference in London attended by the then UK environment minister Michael Meacher and 200 other participants – consists of dozens of prominent scientists from seven countries, spanning the disciplines of agroecology, agronomy, biomathematics, botany, chemical medicine, ecology, histopathology, microbial ecology, molecular genetics, nutritional biochemistry, physiology, toxicology and virology.As their contribution to the global GM debate, the ISP has compiled this complete dossier of evidence on the known problems and hazards of GM crops as well as on the manifold benefits of sustainable agriculture.Read it to make the right choice for the future of agriculture and food security.PrefaceExecutive SummaryPart 1: NO Future for GM crops?1 Why Not GM Crops?2. Escalating Problems on the FarmPart 2: GM Crops Not Safe3 Science & Precaution4 Safety Tests on GM Foods5 Transgene Hazards6 Terminator Crops Spread Male Sterility7 Herbicide Hazards8 Horizontal Gene Transfer9 The CaMV 35S Promoter10 Transgenic DNA More Likely to Spread11 Horizontal Transfer of Transgenic DNA12 Hazards of Horizontal Gene Transfer13 Conclusion to Parts 1 & 2Part 3: The Manifold Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture14 Why Sustainable Agriculture?15 Higher or Comparable Productivity & Yields 16 Better Soils17 Cleaner Enviroment18 Reduced Pesticides & No Increase in Pests19 Supporting Biodiversity & Using Diversity20 Environmental & Economic Sustainability21 Ameliorating Climate Change22 Efficient & Profitable Production23 Improved Food Security & Benefits to Local Communities24 Organics for Health25 Conclusion to Part 3ReferencesStatement of the Indepentat Science PanelIndependent Science Panel on GM: List of Members

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