Biodevastation 7 Feature from Z Magazine

By Jesse Reynolds

Z Magazine July/August 2003
Volume 16 Number 7/8

Several hundred activists from around the world gathered in mid-May in St. Louis to strategize and exchange reports of the global opposition to genetically modified (GM) organisms. BioDevastation 7 was scheduled to coincide with the corporate-dominated World Agricultural Forum, affiliated with locally-headquartered Monsanto and hosted by Cargill—both among the strongest proponents of GM crops. Reports from activists indicated that the agricultural genetic engineering industry, on the heels of both worldwide protests and lukewarm market successes, is on the defensive and resorting to increasingly desperate tactics.

BioDevastation 7 sought to extend the critique of GM crops to include their relationships to war and environmental racism. Unexpectedly, these connections were vividly demonstrated by an unlikely ally: the St. Louis police department. Upon arriving at the BioDev venue, we were shocked to learn that nearly 30 local activists and BioDev participants had been arrested on spurious grounds.

By ISE | February 15th, 2011 | St Louis 2003 | 0 Comments |

Global Citizens’ GMO Challenge

During the Biodevastation conference in St. Louis, Missouri, activists from India, the UK and the US discussed the need for a citizens’ challenge in the dispute that the US was threatening to initiate against Europe in the WTO to end Europe’s de facto moratorium on GMOs. The full text of the Citizens’ GMO Challenge, as presented in Cancun on September 9th follows.

By ISE | February 15th, 2011 | St Louis 2003 | 4 Comments |

Global Citizens’ Challenge Presented in Cancun

An expanded Global Citizens’ GMO Challenge was presented by Dr. Vandana Shiva on September 9th in Cancun, Mexico, as delegates began to gather for this year’s Ministerial conference of the WTO. The document presented in Cancun contained the signatures of hundreds of organizations and individuals from around the world. Read Dr. Shiva’s letter and the full text of this statement here.

By ISE | February 15th, 2011 | St Louis 2003 | 0 Comments |

Presentation: The Future of Indigenous Agriculture

Several people have contributed to define and help us to understand the importance of diversity in the food chain. Among them the Huicholes, Tzotziles and Mijes, Indians native to the cradle of corn in Jalisco, Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. We need to be aware of this ancient wisdom and hope for a science that is as wise.

By ISE | February 15th, 2011 | St Louis 2003 | 0 Comments |

Biodevastation 7 Global Declaration

Participants in Biodevastation 7 in St. Louis drafted and ratified a Global Citizen’s Declaration for Biosafety and Food Security, in opposition to the U.S./WTO intervention against European controls on genetically modified foods. This will be expanded upon and developed into a worldwide sign-on in preparation for the September WTO Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico. Stay tuned here for ongoing developments.

By ISE | February 15th, 2011 | St Louis 2003 | 0 Comments |