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Artificial versus Natural Genetic Modification and Perils of GMOs
Artificial versus Natural Genetic Modification and the Perils of GMOs
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 5th August 2014

Marching against Monsanto
It is wonderful to be here with all of you. I have been marching against Monsanto for close to 20 years now since GM crops were commercialized and I first warned of the dangers of GMOs and Roundup herbicides.
Mae-Wan Ho 27th May 2014

The Case Against GMOs
Invited Lecture for Biotechnology seminar, Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative 1-3 September Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 13th September 2010

The Case Against GM Crops and for Organic Sustainable Agriculture
Invited Workshop Presentation at National Justice and Peace Conference, 16-18 July 2010, Swanick, UK
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 19th July 2010

Why GMOs Are Bad
Science of the Organism & Sustainable Systems. Invited lecture, The Alternative View, 13-15 November, Grand Thistle Hotel, Bristol, UK
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th November 2009

Golden Rice and Hazards of GMOs
Lecture at Workshop on Hazards of GMOs, Food and Democracy, 5th European Conference on GMO-Free Regions, 25 April 2009, Cultural and Conference Centre Lucerne (KKL), Switzerland
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th April 2009

GM is Dangerous and Futile
New genetics research invalidates the science underpinning the $73.5 billon global biotech industry and confirms why genetic modification is futile and dangerous; we must implement organic sustainable food and energy systems now
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 6th October 2008

No to GMOs, No to GM Science
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho exposes the scandals of GM science that promotes GM crops in the face of damning evidence for health and the environment, and warns that further indulgence in GMOs will severely damage our chances of surviving global warming
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th June 2007

Lectures in The Philippines
The Precautionary Principle / Making the World Sustainable & GM-Free
Prof. Peter Saunders and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 9th January 2006

Independent Scientists Object to Monsanto-Sponsored Documentary
I am writing both in my capacity as Director of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) and a member of the Independent Science Panel (ISP)
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st September 2005

GMOs and Human Health
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho told the People's Health Assembly that GM is proving bad for health because it goes against the grain of the new genetics science
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th August 2005

Sustainable World Coming
Independent scientists, economists, politicians, and activists met to share knowledge and ideas for sustainable food systems as the industrial model is close to collapse. Rhea Gala reports on the Sustainable World First International Conference
Rhea Gala 8th August 2005

Fluid Genome & Beyond
Invited lecture presented at The Precautionary Principle in Science and Politics, Federation of German Scientist Conference, 22-23 October 2004, Marie-Elisabeth-Luders Haus & Magnus Haus, Berlin
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th November 2004

Keep GM Out of Europe!
Independent scientists, politicians and farmers have joined up to call for a GM-free Europe, and for urgent support for non-GM sustainable agriculture.
Lim Li Ching 26th October 2004

ISP News - Meacher Calls for Enquiry into GM Safety
Michael Meacher joined the ISP to call for an extended enquiry into GM safety, transparency and independence in scientific research, and an end to the victimisation of scientists whose research findings are 'inconvenient' for industry.
Lim Li Ching 7th May 2004

CLASH of the TITANS - Two Leading Scientists Come to Coventry for Last Chance GM Debate
Two leading scientists in genetic modification will pay a one off visit to Coventry next Tuesday. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho FROM the Institute of Science in Society will speak against commercialisation of GM and Professor Phil Mullineaux of the John Innes Institute will present the case in favour
ISIS 10th July 2003

Public Say No to GMOs
Sam Burcher summarises polls worldwide, which consistently show rejection of GMOs
Sam Burcher 4th July 2003

Genetically Modifying Science
The concerted campaign to suppress and misinform over GM science continues. Will the scientific establishment dare to debate the scientific evidence in public, in terms that the public can understand?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 27th June 2003

The GM Debacle. Bad Science + Big Business = ?
African Consumer Leaders' Conference on Biotechnology & Food Security, November 18-20, Lusaka, Zambia
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 27th November 2002

Recent Evidence Confirms Risks of Horizontal Gene Transfer
ISIS Contribution to ACNFP/Food Standards Agency Open Meeting 13 November 2002
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th November 2002

Chief Scientist Bob May Lambastes Human Genetics Panel
Report on the Welcome Trust Celebration of the Human Genome at the Royal Society 22 March
Nick Papadimitriou and Angela Ryan 25th April 2001

Taking Science Seriously in the GM Debate
Contribution to Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology, Health, and the Environment Workshop, The National Academies, Washington DC, 16 April 2001
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th April 2001

Can biotechnology help fight world hunger?
Special Forum organized by Congressman Tony Hall, Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 29 June 2000
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th July 2000

GM Crops - How Corporations Rule and Ruin the World
The proposal that agricultural biotechnology is vital for the future of the developing world can immediately be contradicted if we are talking about GM crops. Evidence is building up that they are unsafe, unsound and unsustainable.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 8th June 2000

GM Food Hazards and the Science War
Consumer Choice Council, Seattle
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st December 1999

What do you get when you cross a spider with a goat?
You know the children's joke of what do you get when you cross impossible things like a spider with a goat? Part of the joke is knowing you can't because there are biological barriers between species which only allow one to cross closely related species such as horse and donkey, for example.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th October 1999

Genetic Engineering Biotechnology - Challenges and Opportunities
Academy of Sciences, Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 1999
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th May 1999

Guardian Debate - 28th Feb 99
Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at UCL last night admitted that he
Angela Ryan 28th February 1999

Oxford Union Debate 14th June 1999

Angela Ryan

Special Safety Concerns of Transgenic Agriculture and Related Issues


Genetically Modified GM crops are neither needed nor beneficial
They are a dangerous diversion from the real task of providing food and health around the world
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

The Biotechnology Debate has United the World against Corporate Rule

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Being Human- Science, Ethics and Our Rights - An ICA/Index Debate
An ICA/Index Debate
Angela Ryan

Natural versus artificial genetic engineering
The following reply to Trewavas and Leaver's long correspondence in Nature was rejected on ground that 'no new point' was raised. I am posting it again in case T&L's fallacious argument is taken seriously by anyone
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Turning the Tide On the Brave New World
This paper explains the science and technology of genetic engineering to expose the misinformation and disinformation put out by the industry and their supporters, including many of the scientists researching and exploiting the technology
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Beyond Bad Science and Big Business
Lecture for Big Money Bad Science Teachin on globalisation and genetic engineering, Vogue Theatre Vancouver, November 10, 2000
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Big Business = Bad Science?
Commercial pressures are distorting academic science and society is not getting the full benefit from the science it is paying for
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders