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.

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Month in Pictures - June 2011

Image gallery | July 1, 2011

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

Greenpeace's global campaign against GE soy

Image | May 14, 2004 at 1:00

Supporting Greenpeace's global campaign against GE soy the Rainbow Warrior arrives in Auckland, New Zealand on the last leg of the trans-Tasman GE Free Tour. She was flying a banner saying: "INGHAMS GE Feed Not Wanted"

Greenpeace volunteers take to the streets

Image | April 21, 2004 at 1:00

Greenpeace volunteers take to the streets.

Greenpeace GE Campaigner Steve Abel at the Mothers Against Genetic Engineering press...

Image | October 29, 2003 at 0:00

Greenpeace GE Campaigner Steve Abel speaking at the press conference held by Greenpeace, Mothers Against Genetic Engineering (MAdGE), GE Free New Zealand, Take 5, and the GE Free Register to launch the idea of a 'People's Moratorium'.

Pro GE Free New Zealand march up Queen Street

Image | September 1, 2001 at 1:00

Pro GE Free New Zealand march up Queen Street, Auckland.

Greenpeace activists aboard the 'Federal Pescadores' carrying GE soy

Image | December 27, 2000 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists aboard the 'Federal Pescadores' carrying GE soy. The activists attached themselves to on board cranes and the anchor chain of the cargo ship to prevent the cargo being unloaded.

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