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

 

Monsanto confirms GE retreat from Europe

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | July 23, 2013

What had been brewing for weeks following various hints and tips was finally confirmed last week when Monsanto announced it would cease the marketing of new genetically engineered seeds (GE) in the European Union. The world's...

Chinese children used in US-backed GE food trial

Blog entry by Monica Tan, GREENPEACE EAST ASIA | September 3, 2012

How would you feel if I told you that a group of scientists had come to the United States, and fed a group of 24 children aged between six and eight years of age a potentially dangerous product that had yet to be tested on animals...

How will the world react if India says no to GE food?

Blog entry by Rajesh Krishnan | August 20, 2012

Genetically engineered (GE) food is a hot button topic in India. What happens here often sends ripples throughout the GE debate worldwide, but what happened last week is surely a major milestone. The Parliamentary Standing...

Eat it up Monsanto!

Blog entry by nyoung | February 13, 2012

There's a story doing the rounds again ,  about how Monsanto, one of the world’s largest profiteers of genetically engineered (GE) food, banned GE food from its own corporate canteens! Monsanto had its pants pulled down by...

China says 'no' to genetically engineered rice

Blog entry by nyoung | February 2, 2012

It took seven years, teams of young campaigners and hordes of devoted supporters, but September 2011 the Chinese government finally said it was suspending the commercialisation of genetically-engineered (GE) rice. See the...

Over a million EU citizens finally have their say on GM crops

Blog entry by Myrto | December 10, 2010

The first ever European Citizens’ Initiative is handed over to John Dali - EU Commissioner of Health and Consumer Policy. Over a million signatures surround the 380-square-metre piece of 3D pavement art. Can you imagine how it...

Germany bans Monsanto's maize

Feature story | April 15, 2009 at 22:44

We're thrilled with an historic victory against genetically engineered crops. Germany has just announced that it will become the sixth EU country to ban the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) maize MON810 - the only GE crop...

GE beast rears its ugly head

Blog entry by Nick | October 28, 2008

IN the heat of the fight against GE, Mothers Against Genetic Engineering ( Madge ) displayed seven billboards in Wellington and Auckland showing a naked woman with four breasts and GE branded on her backside.  We've been so...

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...

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!

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