Brave New Seeds: The Threat of GM Crops to Farmers


Brave New Seeds: The Threat of GM Crops to Farmers Authors: , Editors: Vijaya Rao, Manisha Soani Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Zed Books Ltd Pages: 160 Language: English ISBN: 9781856499002 Categories: , ,

Farmers around the world are being pressured by half a dozen giant corporations to grow genetically engineered crops. What are the possible downsides for them, particularly for those hundreds of millions of farmers living in developing countries? On their environment? On their health? On their independence? On their traditional export crops? On their access to the marketplaces of their own countries? This important book comes out of a dialogue between farmers’ representatives and experts. The result is a clear statement of principles and urgently needed measures which should guide governments and communities in bringing this profit-motivated deployment of scientific power under democratic control.

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'Seeds belong to farmers - the discoverers, selectors and protectors of humanity's agricultural biodiversity for the past eight millennia. The present push by big business to enslave farmers and put both their livelihoods and the very existence of humankind in peril needs to be exposed?. The authors are particularly to be congratulated for putting farmers first in this debate and providing a clear explanation of the terminology being used by the media, policy makers and scientists.' Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, spokesperson for the 'Like Minded Group' in the negotiations of the Cartagena Protocol on Safety in Biotechnology 'An impressively cogent summary of the hazards of GMOs and the urgency of worldwide action. Brave New Seeds embraces the central contributions of farmers in the South to the integrity of our food and the diversity of world agriculture.' Brian Tokar, editor of Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering

Author Biography

Franck Seuret is a journalist. After working with peasants in Niger for a couple of years in the mid 90s, he then started writing for various French magazines, specialising in rural development, economic issues in developing countries and biotechnology. Robert Ali Brac de la Perriere is an international consultant. With a doctorate in plant breeding, he specialises in the organization, training and mangement of plant genetic resource programmes for the development of in-situ conservation activities. He has extensive experience in managing interdisciplinary consultations and organising colloquia between NGOs and scientific institutions, particularly in the Mediterranean and African regions.