Biotechnology

Redesigning the Tree of Life, public meeting, Nov 3

 Join me at this free public event on Redesigning Life and the future of food on Friday November 3 at 7 pm at the YWCA on Elm Street, Toronto.

Redesigning Life Poster 

For more information, see this post.

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology, one area of new technological development, integrates engineering, genetics and computer science to produce new forms of life.  This is going beyond the genetic modification of existing species to the manufacture of new ones.  Synthetic biology could be used to produce medications, replace human organs of make biological weapons and products that destroy biological diversity.   In August 2014 Quakers in Canada approved the following:

Genetically Modified Crops: Promises, Perils and the Need for Public Policy

New publication by Anne Mitchell, Pinayur Rajagopal, Keith Helmuth and Susan Holtz...... coming soon.   Published by Quaker Institute for the Future - www.quakerinstitute.org

 

US Rice Farmers Awarded $136 million against Bayer CropScience

March 19, 2011 Arkansas Business News

Riceland Awarded $136.8 Million In Suit Against Bayer CropScience

A Stuttgart jury on Friday awarded Riceland Foods Inc. $136.8 million in its lawsuit against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice. The award is believed to be the largest in Arkansas history. The circuit court jury said Bayer CropScience owed Riceland $11.8 million in compensatory damages and $125 million in punitive damages.

Patenting of Genes

 

 

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture?

The Economist is running this on-line debate.   Let your views count.

Vote now!

The Gates Foundation Investments in Monsanto

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is sponsoring the Guardian's Global development site, is being heavily criticised in Africa and the US for getting into bed not just with notorious GM company Monsanto, but also with agribusiness commodity giant Cargill.

Green Screens at the NFB

To find out more - check out www.cielap.org.   Green Screens is a partnership initiative with Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) and the National Film Board.

The next Green Screens - The World According to Monsanto - will be showing at the National Film Board Theatre, 150 John Street (at Richmond Street West), Toronto on Wednesday November 3 2010 at 7 pm.  After the screening, I will be hosting a panel to consider some of the issues raised in the film. 

Agribusiness and Monsanto

La Via Campesina release

Ties Between the Bill Gates Foundation and Monsanto

Some interesting connections!  The ties that bind.

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