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Biotechnology Articles

Research and commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) organisms is exemplifies how science affects society. The adoption of GM crop cultivation has been widely studied and shown to impact both the health of people and the environment. Scientific publications, industry data, farmers and citizen reports provide toxicological, genetic, ecological, epidemiological evidence as well as witness statements relating to how the genetic engineering and artificial manipulation of life has far reaching consequences. Challenging a corporate coup of our food supply through thorough documentation and analysis of the evidence is necessary for survival of people and planet.

ISIS has been writing on these topics for well over a decade, and due to the very large number of reports we have attempted to categorise them. There is much overlap, however - if you can not find what you are looking for, try the search option (above left).

  • Biopatents
    Biotech patents, TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights)

  • Ethics
    Ethical aspects of biotechnology - biopatents, the precautionary principle etc.

  • Letters
    Correspondence to governments, policy makers, journals etc, relating to biotechnology

  • Regulation

  • Field trials, substantial equivalence etc.

Latest postings in the Biotechnology categories

Parents’ Eating Habits Can Affect the Health of Future Generations
Metabolic disease transmitted through sperm RNAs while mothers pass microbiome diversity to their children
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 8th February 2016

First Commercial Bt-Maize was Toxic, Scientist and Farmer Confirm
German Farmer harassed and persecuted by Syngenta for years for finding its Bt-maize 176 highly toxic to his cows now tells the whole story
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 1st February 2016

Commercial Formulations of Bt Toxins Lethal to Amphibians
The ecotoxicological risks of widespread Bt spraying for mosquito vector disease control exposed
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 14th January 2016

CRISPR Too Fast for Comfort
A new gene-editing technique has taken the world by storm, it can disable or change specific gene in the genome of all animals including humans faster and more efficiently than ever before but it has raise unprecedented concern over safety and ethics
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 12th January 2016

Monsanto Tried for Crimes against Humanity
Monsanto is to be tried at the International Monsanto Tribunal 12-16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands, home of numerous International Conventions on crimes against humanity
I-SIS 7th December 2015

Declaration of Physicians in Crop-sprayed Towns in Argentina at 3rd National Congress
Five years after the first meeting at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Córdoba, we - scientists, doctors and members of health teams from sprayed villages of Argentina -gathered in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), to verify that what we said then is emphatically true and getting worse by the day. The current system of agricultural production in the country pollutes the environment and our food, sickening and killing human populations in agricultural areas
Dr. Medardo Avila-Vazquez, Lic. Miryam Gorban and Prof. Sergio Provenzano 2nd December 2015

Continuing Demise of GMOs [updated 30/10/15]
More than two-thirds of EU nations opted for bans on growing GM crops; Monsanto stocks fell 25 %, losses deepen, and 12 % of workforce slashed
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Dr Mae-Wan Ho 14th October 2015

No to Climate Smart Agriculture
'Climate Smart Agriculture' is agribusiness' latest attempt to promote industrial farming and undermine agro-ecological approaches generally recognized as the real solution to food production under climate change
Coalition against Climate Smart Agriculture 28th September 2015

GM African Cowpea to Enter African Markets
Coinciding agenda of seed and biotech industry to enter African markets via GM African cowpea as Ghana seeks injunction on crop
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 7th September 2015

Teminator Mustard Must Not be Released
A hazardous transgenic technology for male sterility originally designed to enforce corporate patent on seeds is now transmogrified into a means for increasing yield, in theory, through enforced outbreeding
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 2nd September 2015

Open Letter in Support of Scotland’s Ban on GMOs
To counter a letter orchestrated by the pro-GM pressure group Sense about Science the following open letter was sent to Richard Lochhead, The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in the Scottish Government
Prof. Peter Saunders 26th August 2015

Bt Cotton Directly Linked to Indian Farmer Suicides in Rain-Fed Areas
Study finds farmers driven to suicide from increased costs of not being able to save seeds and increased chemical inputs, coupled with inadequate access to agronomic information
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 14th July 2015

Interview with Mae-Wan Ho
From genetics and GMOs to quantum biology and cosmology
Mónica Fernández 8th July 2015

Genetically Modifying Genes and Scientific Evidence
Prof. Peter Saunders reviews 'Altered Genes, Twisted Truth', by Lawyer Steven M. Druker; a book in which the many saftey claims made by advocates of genetic engineering are shown to be false - exactly as if in the courtroom
ISIS 22nd June 2015

China's Transgenic Phytase Maize neither Necessary nor Safe
China's transgenic maize with high phytase to make phosphate available has had its bio-safety certificate renewed without requisite molecular characterization and supporting safety data; it is a poor strategy for overcoming phosphorus scarcity, and has the potential to cause serious harm to health and the environment
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 17th June 2015

China's Ministry of Agriculture Accused of Colluding with Monsanto over Glyphosate and GMOs
China's Ministry of Agriculture accused of allowing Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant soybean and maize to flood the Chinese market without safety tests, condoning deception, faked samples, and fabricated safety test report; Chinese citizens are demanding a shakeup of the Ministry
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 15th June 2015

How Grain Self-Sufficiency, Massive GM Soybean Imports and Glyphosate Exports Led China to Devastate People and Planet
China owns 70 % of world’s production capacity for glyphosate, more than 80% exported, mainly to USA, Brazil and Argentina, countries that have greatly expanded GM soybean production for export to China; excessive glyphosate spraying has sickened people and wildlife in GM soybean producing countries while a billion Chinese people are poisoned with toxic soybeans
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 3rd June 2015

“Monsanto, Out of China!”
On May 25 2013, anti-Monsanto demonstrations took place in 436 cities in 52 countries. With slogans such as “Either mankind will stop Monsanto, or Monsanto will stop mankind,” demonstrators called for the public to be aware of the dangers posed by GMO food
Chen-I-Wen 21st May 2015

Letter of support and recognition of the work of Doctor Medardo Ávila Vazquez and his team
As the National University of Córdoba rejects the team's study on environmental health among the population of Monte Maíz, Argentina
Food sovereignty and Food Safety Commission, Argentina 30th April 2015

Ten NGOs Ask China to Stop Producing Glyphosate to Protect World Health
Ten NGOs, including the Institute of Science in Society have written an open letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK asking China to suspend exports and imports of glyphosate herbicides while independent testing is carried out
GM Watch 27th April 2015

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