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Overviews: Why GMO’s Will Not Feed the World

A counter-statement objecting to Monsanto advertising using images of starving African children to promote GMO crops, Let Nature’s Harvest Continue! The statement was signed by African delegates to a United Nations plant science conference.

Latin American Declaration on Transgenic Organisms, signed by dozens of individuals and organizations from throughout Latin America.

Hans Herren, Director General of the Nairobi-based The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, on Potentials and Threats of the Genetic Engineering Technology: Quest for an African Strategy.

Why Poor Nations Would Lose in a Biotech War on Hunger, an interview with Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director of Ethiopia’s Environmental Protection Authority, in Sierra Magazine. Also, see the letter sent by Tewolde, and co-signed by hundreds of individuals and organizations from around the world, objecting to a British TV program arguing that European rejection to GMOs was harmful to food security in the developing world. The letter states,  “It is basically immoral to use one group’s weakness, to sell a product to another group.”

GMO crops and sustainable poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa, by a researcher from Third World Network.

Consumers International on being unconvinced by the sudden generosity of the multinationals towards African farmers. By CI’s African office and its Food Program officer.

A 2008 Food First paper on the systemic causes of hunger and environmental degradation from industrial farming.

A 2008 paper outlines the low yields from GMO crops.

Terminator Technology (and associated technologies)

A 2008 update on Terminator and GURTs, The Terminator Hoax, by Progressio, an international charity working to tackle poverty and injustice in developing countries.

Yellow Rice (aka “golden” rice)

A timeline showing some of the many promises for the imminent release of Golden Rice.

A 2009 paper by the German group Foodwatch notes that despite ten years of research, many questions remain unanswered about Golden Rice. For example, the paper notes that, despite claims by GMO proponents, little public data exists on how storage and/or cooking effects the rice, nor is there conclusive science on absorption in the body.

Golden Rice, Patents and Vitamin A Deficiency, an EcoNexus briefing paper outlining the problems with the yellow rice proposal.

Tough Lessons From Golden Rice, a report from the journal Science on the challenges of developing the yellow rice.

Problems With Nutritionally Enhanced Foods, a Salk Institute biologist explains risks from nutritionally enhanced GMOs; published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods.

Naomi Klein, There’s Nothing Like a Feel-Good Bowl of Golden Rice. Or Not. From the Toronto Globe and Mail, August 2, 2000.

Michael Pollan, The Great Yellow Hype. From the NY Times, March 4, 2001.

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