One of the key topics that will be addressed by the upcoming meetings of the CBD and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is that of synthetic biology, including the issues of genome editing and engineered gene drives
A new report shows how greater ambition to secure land rights, restore forest ecosystems and move towards sustainable food systems can provide ‘missing pathways’ toward limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Critique of African Union report endorsing the development of controversial gene drive mosquitoes for malaria ‘eradication’ in Africa and ‘enabling legislation’ for their deployment across its member states.
Critics of an agricultural research project by the US Military warn about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.
Seven case studies analysed by IPES-Food provide concrete examples of how, in spite of barriers to change, people around the world have been able to fundamentally rethink and redesign food systems around agroecological principles.
The commercial expansion of GE textiles made by synthetic biology could undermine farmers, create a new source of biotech waste, put additional pressure on ecosystems, and divert support away from truly sustainable natural fibre economies.