CIELAP's Homecoming

CIELAP has decided to cease active environmental law and policy research.   Its research and reports are still available on the CIELAP website - - and further enquries about CIELAP can be made to its sister organization, CELA at

I gathered with the current staff and board and former staff, board and volunteers to reminisce on over 40 years of environmental law and policy research earlier in June.    The people involved in CIELAP will continue their work to promote sustainability for the sake of future generations.

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 -


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.

Faith and Genetics

What can be said about faith and genetics?   The Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches has developed a draft curriculum to introduce discussion on the topic of genetics to those who are not scientists and may feel overwhelmed by the sorts of choices now available.   The draft curriculum is being tested now and should be available in the fall for use as an educational tool.

Quaker Earthcare Witness

I have taken on a new challenge - general secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness - QEW - check out its website at    I am working with Quakers in North America to see how we can change the way we live to be less destructive to the earth.   QEW is more or less a virtual organization doing a lot of its work by email, and through electronic discussion groups.   The organization does meet twice a year.  This may be reduced to just once a year.  The next face to face meeting

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The first Federal Sustainable Development Strategy was tabled in Parliament on October 6 2010.  You can download a copy at    In an email letter from Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, received on November 3, he also said that a synthesis of the comments received from the public during the consultation ion the proposed strategy is available at

Patenting of Genes



Quaker Earthcare Witness

I have been nominated for the position of General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness - check it out at     I will be taking up my responsibilities in January 2011.

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.

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