The promises of new and emerging biotechnologies receive continuing attention and promotion. Many governments place high hopes in the new technologies to deliver development. Policy papers and public statements refer to modern biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, and increasingly, nanotechnology.

For developing countries and countries with economies in transition, this raises fundamental questions of development priorities, technology choices and availability of financial and human resources.

There is much to learn from the experiences of developed countries. This includes: the growth of the pharmaceutical, agriculture and chemical (seeds and agro-chemicals) industries and their shaping of the investment climate and consumer market; the evolution of intellectual property standards and rules; the experiences of ?biotechnology clusters? in the United States upon which many developing countries are drawing lessons; the commercial interest in microorganisms and their derivatives such as enzymes and other biomolecules.

Genetically Engineered Clothes Threaten Farmers’ Livelihoods and Ecosystems

The commercial expansion of GE textiles made by synthetic biology could undermine farmers, create a new source of biotech waste, put additional pressure on ecosystems, and divert support away from truly sustainable natural fibre economies. […]

New Lab-Created Animal Protein Replacements Need Careful Assessment

This report calls for new food ingredients such as animal protein alternatives derived from biotechnologies, including genetic engineering, to be assessed for safety before being allowed to be used in food or placing on the market. […]

European Commission Has Legal Obligation to Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger, Says Study

A new legal study concludes that the European Commission has a legal obligation to reject the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger, whether viewed through a narrow competition lens or a wider scope of social and environmental costs. […]

Legal Opinion Concludes that Monsanto’s Activities Impact Human Rights, Better Regulation Needed to Protect Victims

The five international judges of the ‘Monsanto Tribunal’ have presented their legal opinion and concluded that Monsanto has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health […]

Bayer-Monsanto Merger: An Existential Threat to South Africa’s Food System

This paper outlines the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger in the context of other related mega-mergers in the seed and agro-chemicals sectors, and the problems for the food system in South Africa, particularly for smallholder farmers and ag-biodiversity. […]

Mega-Mergers Will Put Three Companies in Control of Global Agriculture

Mega-mergers between agri-corporate giants are poised to put three companies in control of most of the world’s agrochemicals and seeds, threatening the survival of smallholder farmers. […]

Conventional Breeding Outpaces Biotech Efforts to Produce Nutrient-Efficient Crops

Conventional crop-breeding techniques are outpacing high-biotech efforts in a global race to develop crops that grow well in soils depleted of nutrients. […]

New Crop Technologies for Africa Not Scale-Neutral

This paper describes how the corporate shaping of crop technology R&D has significantly shifted the technological trajectory away from smallholders’ needs and interests. […]

Where GM Crops and Foods are in the World

This report describes what, where and how much GM crops are grown in Canada and around the world and where they end up in our food system. […]

News Release: Groups call on Ecover and Method to drop extreme genetic engineering plans

National and international consumer, environmental, women’s health and farming groups call on leading “natural” cleaning and personal care products manufacturer to cancel plans to use oils and other ingredients derived from synthetic biology. […]