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The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Publication | 12 January, 2017 at 10:00

Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then their use has grown rapidly so that they have become the most widely used class of insecticides in the world, with the majority being used as seed coatings.

Europe's Pesticide Addiction

Publication | 13 October, 2015 at 10:00

Europe's dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole growing season. Industrial agriculture, with...

Twenty Years of Failure

Publication | 5 November, 2015 at 9:00

Twenty years ago, the first genetically modified (GM) crops were planted in the USA, alongside dazzling promises about this new technology. Two decades on, the promises are getting bigger and bigger, but GM crops are not delivering any of them.

Pesticides and our Health

Publication | 12 May, 2015 at 11:00

Since 1950 the human population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide food, at low cost, on land that is becoming more and more degraded as nutrients are...

Food and Farming Vision

Publication | 18 May, 2015 at 11:00

We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace's Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven...

Vitamin A: Natural sources vs 'Golden' rice

Publication | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

How much vitamin A do people need to prevent deficiency?

Genetically Engineered Pro-vitamin A 'Golden' rice

Publication | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Reality vs. Fiction

The Bees' Burden

Publication | 16 April, 2014 at 9:30

This study reports concentrations of pesticides found in pollen brought back to hives by foraging bees, and sampled using pollen traps or direct from the comb. This is one of the most extensive studies of pesticides in bee-collected pollen...

Bees in Decline

Publication | 9 April, 2013 at 7:30

Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. However, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk

Ecological farming: Drought-resistant agriculture

Publication | 1 July, 2010 at 16:55

Human-induced climate change is resulting in less and more erratic rainfall, especially in regions where food security is very low. The poor in rural and dry areas will suffer the most and will require cheap and accessible strategies to adapt to...

A Toxic Eden

Publication | 24 April, 2014 at 14:13

This study reports results from the laboratory analysis of ornamental plants sourced from garden centres, supermarkets and DIY-stores in ten European countries.

Plan Bee – Living Without Pesticides

Publication | 7 May, 2014 at 13:00

The drastic decline of wild and managed bee populations recorded in recent years in Europe and North America is alarming given our reliance on these insect pollinators for biodiversity and global food security.

Dripping Poison

Publication | 16 December, 2013 at 9:30

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has carried out reviews of the neonicotinoid pesticides thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin in order to assess the possible risks posed by these systemic insecticides to bees.

Golden Illusion

Publication | 17 October, 2013 at 19:53

GE 'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified, GM) rice variety developed by the biotech industry to produce pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene). Proponents portray GE 'Golden' rice as a technical, quick-fix solut...

Smart Breeding

Publication | 28 October, 2014 at 1:00

GE crops are very limited in sophistication, being almost completely dominated by herbicide tolerance and insect resistance traits. Could the numerous tools of biotechnology deliver better outcomes? This report tries to answer that question.

Glyphosate-tolerant crops in the EU

Publication | 30 October, 2012 at 15:51

Renowned agricultural economist Dr. Charles Benbrook was commissioned by Greenpeace International to make the first ever forecast of how Europe would be impacted by the authorisation of the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant, genetically-engineered...

Ecological Livestock

Publication | 12 February, 2013 at 12:41

Options for reducing livestock production and consumption to fit within ecological limits, with a focus in Europe.

GM Contamination Register Report 2007

Publication | 28 February, 2008 at 9:55

This is the third annual report from the online GM Contamination Register, which reviews reported cases of contamination and illegal plantings and releases of GM (genetically modified) organisms.

Bayer CropScience contaminates our rice

Publication | 8 October, 2007 at 2:00

The following is a summary of eventssurrounding one of the worst cases of geneticengineering contamination of food in historyand one of the most damaging events in thehistory of the US rice industry.The devastation has been caused by...

Agriculture at a Crossroads: Food for Survival

Publication | 11 November, 2009 at 1:00

Climate change, hunger and poverty, loss of biodiversity, forest destruction, water crises, food safety – what all these threats have in common is that a principal cause for each of them is in the way we produce, trade, consume and discard food...

Bayer's Double Trouble

Publication | 6 April, 2009 at 20:02

Bayer's genetically engineered (GE) rice - designed to be tolerant of the herbicide glufosinate - will lead to increased use of herbicides, and threatens non-GE varieties with contamination and farmers with economic insecurity.

'Golden' rice's lack of lustre

Publication | 9 November, 2010 at 3:00

'Golden' rice has been in development for almost 20 years and has still not made any impact on the prevalence of VAD (vitamin A deficiency). Not only has it failed to have any impact on VAD while using money and resources that could have been...

Picking Cotton

Publication | 15 June, 2010 at 11:30

This case study shows the economic stability and benefit for Indian farmers of farming cotton organically and without genetic engineering and toxic chemicals.

Thai Rice Industry at Risk

Publication | 12 October, 2010 at 11:46

Thailand is the largest exporter of rice in the world, and the Thai rice industry is therefore heavily dependent on the perceptions of its export customers. An unintended release of GE rice would disrupt Thailand’s rice grain merchandising...

Herbicide tolerance and GM crops

Publication | 30 June, 2011 at 8:00

The widespread and increasingly intensive use of glyphosate in association with the use of GM (genetically modified) crops poses further risks to the environment and human health.

GM Contamination Report Register

Publication | 19 February, 2007 at 1:00

Annual review of cases of contamination, illegal planting and negative side effects of genetically modified organisms.

EU and US GE dispute at WTO

Publication | 12 May, 2006 at 19:26

Greenpeace briefing paper on the EU-US dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on genetically engineered (GE) organisms

How to save the climate - personal how to guide

Publication | 4 April, 2007 at 2:00

A step by step guide to how you can be part of the energy [r]evolution. Full of interesting facts, educational graphics, and practical steps people can take to reduce their climate change pollution.

Counting the Costs of Genetic Engineering

Publication | 26 January, 2010 at 1:00

As the biotechnology industry continues to hail GE (genetic engineering) as the solution to innumerable problems, the grim reality unfolds in our fields and in the market place. The stories contained in this dossier document these failures, both...

The Truth behind the CAP

Publication | 22 June, 2011 at 16:56

Thirteen two-page factsheets on the need for CAP reform, endorsed by a wide coalition of organisations.

Global Status of Genetically Engineered Crops

Publication | 18 January, 2007 at 8:15

2006 – a year of rejection by consumers, farmers, and governments around the world.

Food Security and Climate Change

Publication | 1 December, 2008 at 1:00

Climate change will profoundly affect agriculture worldwide.Food security in many countries is under threat from unpredictable changes in rainfall and more frequent extreme weather. Farmers in poorer countries with harsh climate conditions will...

Environmental and health concerns of genetically engineered (GE) crops in animal feed

Publication | 15 September, 2005 at 2:00

There are many social and environmental issues surrounding animal feed. For example, the huge expansion of (genetically engineered) soy monoculture in Argentina has resulted in a sharp decline of traditional food crops such as maize and wheat and...

Rice at Risk - Summary table of laboratory test results

Publication | 13 April, 2005 at 2:00

Test results documenting GE rice contamination in China.

Maize Under Threat Briefing Paper

Publication | 3 October, 2006 at 2:00

The Mexican government is on the verge of approving field trials of GE maize for the first time since 1998, when it imposed a moratorium on the cultivation of GE maize. The government took this strong measure in 1998 because of significant...

Monsanto's 7 Deadly Sins

Publication | 10 March, 2008 at 1:00

Apart from the scientific, environmental and health concerns around the growing and consumption of GE crops, agro-chemical companies like Monsanto conceal the truth about the benefits to farmers and consumers. Here we will deconstruct Monsanto’s...

GM Import Laws and Dumping Grounds: Country Overview

Publication | 8 March, 2006 at 1:00

Overview on the state of legal protection regarding import and labelling of genetically engineered organisms for food and feed in major countries of commodity imports and exports

GM Import Laws and Dumping Grounds: Briefing

Publication | 8 March, 2006 at 1:00

The 132 parties to the international Biosafety Protocol under the Convention on Biological Diversity, meeting in Curitiba from March 13 to 17, will try to agree on basic standards for identification and documentation of international shipments of...

GM Contamination Report: Executive Summary

Publication | 8 March, 2006 at 1:00

This report is the first from the on-line GM Contamination Register and reviews cases reported in the public and scientific literature of contamination, illegal plantings and releases of GM organisms, and negative agricultural side-effects since...

GM Contamination Report: Full Report

Publication | 8 March, 2006 at 1:00

This report is the first from the on-line GM Contamination Register and reviews cases reported in the public and scientific literature of contamination, illegal plantings and releases of GM organisms, and negative agricultural side-effects since...

The Expanding Soybean Frontier

Publication | 15 November, 2005 at 12:10

Within the last 10 years, Argentina’s agricultural production system has become dominated by one crop: the genetically engineered Roundup Ready soybean developed by US agrochemical company Monsanto. The large scale environmental, social, and...

Canola Report

Publication | 24 May, 2005 at 2:00

Rice at Risk - Genetically engineered Bt rice - food saftey concerns and...

Publication | 13 April, 2005 at 2:00

GE Bt rice Science briefing

Rice at Risk - BB rice media brief

Publication | 13 April, 2005 at 2:00

BB rice short media briefing

Rice at Risk - Genetically engineered Bacterial Blight resistence rice

Publication | 13 April, 2005 at 2:00

Scientists in China are proposing the commercial release of GE rice that is resistent to bacterial blight disease.

Rice, Biodiversity & Nutrients

Publication | 17 March, 2005 at 1:00

What happened to the rice landraces during the 'Green Revolution'? There are few sectors in agriculture where the so-called Green Revolution had such an overwhelming impact as in rice production. In 1966, the International Rice Research Institute...

All That Glitters is Not Gold: False hope for 'Golden' rice

Publication | 17 March, 2005 at 1:00

Five years after the media hyped announcement of the development of genetically engineered (GE) 'Golden' rice, this icon of the global GE industry is still surrounded by scientific uncertainty and worse, it is distracting attention and funding...

Monitoring of Genetically engineered crops: European commission fails to protect EU...

Publication | 15 February, 2005 at 1:00

EU comission misleads member states when asserting that Monsanto's GE maize Mon810 has been thouroughly assessed for environmental risk and meets all EU requirements under current EU legisalation.

Genetically Engineered Fish - New Threats to the Environment

Publication | 5 January, 2005 at 1:00

This briefing examines the development of genetically engineered (GE) fish, which could soon be produced on a commercial scale.

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