Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety

GMO Risk Assessment, Independent Biosafety Research and Holistic Analysis

Co-organisers: ENSSER; Tara Foundation (TF); Third World Network (TWN)

Financial support by: EMstitut, Germany; Fondation pour le Progrès de l'Homme (FPH), France/Switzerland; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Germany (HBS); Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia; Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft (ZSL), Germany

Lectures & Articles

Sep 28 (09:00) - Opening Session

Welcome and introduction

Dr. Angelika Hilbeck (ENSSER Chairperson &ETH Zürich), Switzerland

Sep 28 (09:10) - Key Issues of COP-MOP-6

    Biodiversity and Biosafety - An Introduction
    Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA, Germany
    Key Issues For COP-MOP-6
    Lim Li Ching, Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia
    (short paper)

Sep 28 (09:40) - Developments in GMO Risk Assessment

    Legal and Scientific Background of Risk Assessment Models
    Dr. Hartmut Meyer, ENSSER, Germany
    (short paper)
    Advancing Risk Assessment under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - Results of AHTEG III and IV
    Dr. Beatrix Tappeser, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany & Dr. David Quist GenØk - Centre for Biosafety, Norway
                         (short paper)
    Socioeconomic Considerations in GMO Decision Making
    Georgina Catacora-Vargas, GenØk - Centre for Biosafety, Norway / Institute of Research on Risk and Sustainability (IRIS), Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
                          (short paper)
    Appraisal of New Approach on Environmental Risk Assessment by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA)
    Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
                          (short paper)
    EFSA's Health Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants
    Dr. Christoph Then, Testbiotech, Germany
    (short paper)

Sep 28 (14:45) - Independent Biosafety Research - Hurdles and Results (1)

    Patents and Risk Research: Access to Material, Corporate Control and Independent Science
    Dr. Hartmut Meyer, ENSSER, Germany
    (short paper)
    Long Term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize
    Robin Mesnage, University of Caen, France
    (short paper)
    Sources and Mechanisms of Health Risks from GM Crops and Foods
    Prof. Michael Antoniou, King's College London, UK
    (short paper)
    GE and Pest Resistance in the U.S.
    Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), USA
    (short paper on "Genetic Engineering and the Big Challenges for Agriculture - Lessons from the United

Sep 29 (09:00) - Independent Biosafety Research - Hurdles and Results (2)

    Domestication, Feral Species and the Future of Plant Diversity
    Prof. Cynthia L. Sagers, University of Arkansas, USA
    (short paper on "Erring on the side of caution: a case for increased regulatory oversight of genetically modified
                         organisms in the United States")
    Transgene Flow into Native Seed and Ecosystems in Mexico
    Dr. Ana Wegier, National Institute for Research in Agriculture, Forests and Lifestock (INIFAP), Mexico
    (short paper)
    Field Trials of Bt Eggplant and Biosafety Regulations in the Philippines
    Associate Prof. Ruth Gamboa, University of the Philippines Mindanao, Philippines
    (short paper)
    Pest Resistance Against Bt Maize in South Africa and Challenges for African Farmers (and Regulators)
    Prof. Johnnie van den Berg, North West University, South Africa
                          (short paper)

Sep 29 (13:45) - GM Crops in India

    Influence of the Fast Spread of Bt Cotton on the Organic Cotton Production
    Matthias Klaiss, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
    (short paper)
    Interrogating the Science of Safety: Unknown Aspects of Bt Toxin, that Continue to Pose a Threat to the Health of Domestic Animals in India
    Dr. Sagari R Ramdas, Anthra, India
    (short paper)
    Technology, Liberalisation and Farmer Suicides in Vidarbha (Maharashtra State, India)
    Vijay Jawandhia, Shetkari Sanghatana, India
    (short paper)

Sep 29 (16:30) - Holistic Analysis - Joining the Pieces

    Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
    How Regulators are Getting it Wrong on dsRNA
    Prof. Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    (short paper)
    Ecological Agriculture for Food Security and Climate Resilience
    Prof. Doreen Stabinsky, College of the Atlantic, USA
    (short paper)
    Business as Usual is no Longer an Option - Paths to a Sustainable Future
    Dr. Hans Herren, Millenium Institute, USA
    (short paper on "If not GM and factory agriculture, what and who will nourish the world?")


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Conference Proceedings

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Media Reports

24.09.2012: GM crops may not resolve food crisis, scientists say
(The Times of India) (pdf)

27.09.2012: Super weeds infesting crores of acres
(The Hindu Business Line) (pdf)

28.09.2012: GM crops no big help in food security
(Deccan Chronicle) (pdf)

28.09.2012: Time to embrace evergreen agriculture?
(The Hindu) (pdf)

02.10.2012: Genetic engineering fails to deliver: Studies
(Deccan Chronicle) (pdf)

02.10.2012: Subsidise recharging of soil
(The Hans) (pdf)

02.10.2012: Safety of Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Maize Thrown into Doubt
(TWN Biosafety Information Centre) (pdf)

31.10.2012: The GM maize rats
(Down to Earth) (pdf)

31.10.2012: GM maize and its health implications for humans
(Down to Earth) (pdf)