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1. The Organic Sector says NO to GMO
IFOAM - Organics International calls for governmental recognition of the negative impacts caused by GMOs already released, with corresponding remediation. It also calls attention to the fact that these negative impacts are a symptom of a more systemic problem arising from the dominant agro-industrial economic paradigm that does not heed the Principles of Organic Agriculture. Read more here.
2. IFOAM - Organics International's Position on Genetic Engineering and GMOs
IFOAM - Organics International considers its position on genetic engineering to encompass the following
• Seeds and other planting stock, used for food, feed, fiber, or otherwise
• Domesticated animals (including cloned animals)
• GMOs created to produce pharmaceutical or other medicinal substances, including vaccines
• Microorganisms, arthropods and products of synthetic biology
Click here to download IFOAM's position.
3. African Centre for Biosafety
The African Centre for Biosafety are a research and advocacy organisation working towards food sovereignty and agro-ecology in Africa, with a focus on biosafety, seed systems and agricultural biodiversity. Various publications on GMO is available on their website:
What is a GM Crop?
GM Food Labelling
GM Maize in South Africa
Water Efficient Maize for Africa - FAQ
Glyphosate in SA: Risky pesticide at large and unregulated in our soil and water
How Much Glyphosate is on your dinner plate?
SA's food safety compromised by lack of testing for risky glyphosate
4. GMO Myths and Truths
An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods. Click here:
The genetic engineering technique p20
Science and regulation p56
Health hazards of GM foods p127
Health hazards of Roundup and glyphosate p204
GM crops – impacts on the farm and environment p229
Feeding the world p295
Why has GM failed to deliver on its promises? p327
Why do farmers plant GM crops? p328
5. Pesticide Action Network UK
The Pesticide Action Network is focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens.
5.1 The Glyphosate Monograph
Read a comprehensive new review of the science documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides. Click here.
5.2 Glyphosate Myth Buster
In a nutshell – what are the myths & truths? Click here.
5.3 Glyphosate Alternatives in Agriculture
Learn about the alternatives to the use of glyphosate and other herbicides for weed management. Click here.
6. Other international Sources:
Union of concerned scientists
Institute for Responsible Technology