The problem with Genetic Engineering

How harmful is Genetic Engineering? Is relying on toxic chemicals the only way forward? Can 'business as usual' in agriculture provide food for the future? Greenpeace is working on all this and more.

  • Agriculture is responsible for 14 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. Ecological farming can help reduce these emissions, and help farmers cope with climate change.
  • Genetic Engineering makes us dependent on toxic chemicals and corporate control of agriculture. It poses unknown risks to our environment - and ourselves.
  • Groundwater contamination, fewer places to fish and more pests resistant to pesticides: These are just some of the problems arising from industrial polluting agriculture's addiction to toxic chemicals.
  • Ecological farming can produce 30 percent more food per hectare. Ecological farming gives people access to food where it is needed most.

The latest updates

 

DRAFT: Greenpeace submission 7001

Publication | October 28, 2008 at 3:42

Greenpeace submission on the 7001 application by AgResearch.

Landmark Amazon soya moratorium extended

Feature story | June 18, 2008 at 6:37

The announcement from soya traders in Brazil to extend a moratorium on soya expansion, provides hope for the Amazon rainforest. We're not out of the woods yet, but this decision and the history of campaigning which got us here should be...

Greenpeace volunteer Aritra Ray hands out the GE Free Food Guide

Image | January 30, 2008 at 3:06

Greenpeace volunteer Aritra Ray (right) gives Kristine Walsh a GE Free Food Guide at Harvest Wholefoods in Auckland

New GE-Free Food Guide out now!

Feature story | January 30, 2008 at 0:00

The eagerly awaited sixth edition of Greenpeace's popular GE Free Food Guide is now out!

Greenpeace Submission to ERMA on Brassica

Publication | December 11, 2006 at 0:00

This submission requests that ERMA decline the field trial application. Greenpeace opposes the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment due to the irreversible and unpredictable nature of GMOs which pose a variety of...

Top rice exporters say no to genetically engineered rice

Feature story | November 28, 2006 at 0:00

Good news: the world's first and second largest exporters of rice have agreed to shun genetically engineered (GE) varieties. A recent agreement between rice traders from Thailand and Vietnam protects half the crop traded on the world market from...

Censorship: Greenpeace France ordered to remove information about GE field locations

Feature story | July 28, 2006 at 0:00

If you fly over the south of France you might be tempted to believe that aliens have landed with a huge crop circle appearing in a field of maize. But the aliens aren't from a distant galaxy; it is GE maize from the laboratory of Monsanto -- that...

The end of organic crops?

Feature story | April 6, 2006 at 0:00

"This year I will again sow maize. But if it is again contaminated [with genetically engineered maize] I will abandon the growing of organic maize. It is obvious that I cannot carry on my shoulders the episodes of contamination like these, year...

Impossible Coexistence

Publication | April 4, 2006 at 0:00

Seven years of GMO's have contaminated organic and conventional maize: an examination of the cases in Catalonia and Aragon.

Terminator terminated!

Feature story | March 28, 2006 at 0:00

Pressure on the NZ Government by grassroots activists, and cyber-activists has payed off! At pivotal negotiations over the last two weeks in Curitiba, Brazil, the NZ Government bowed to pressure from all sides and softened its obstructive...

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