The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World
Drafted by Mae Wan-Ho and Lim Li Ching
Published by: ISIS and Third World Network
Year Published: 2003
Price: Third World - $12.00; All other countries - $16.00 (Prices are inclusive of postage costs by air mail)


The Independent Science Panel (ISP) on GM - launched 10 May 2003 at a public conference in London attended by the then UK environment minister Michael Meacher and 200 other participants - consists of dozens of prominent scientists from seven countries, spanning the disciplines of agroecology, agronomy, biomathematics, botany, chemical medicine, ecology, histopathology, microbial ecology, molecular genetics, nutritional biochemistry, physiology, toxicology and virology.

As their contribution to the global GM debate, the ISP has compiled this complete dossier of evidence on the known problems and hazards of GM crops as well as on the manifold benefits of sustainable agriculture.

Read it to make the right choice for the future of agriculture and food security.


Executive Summary

Part 1:  NO Future for GM crops?

1    Why Not GM Crops?
2.   Escalating Problems on the Farm

Part 2:  GM Crops Not Safe

3    Science & Precaution
4    Safety Tests on GM Foods
5    Transgene Hazards
6    Terminator Crops Spread Male Sterility
7    Herbicide Hazards
8    Horizontal Gene Transfer
9    The CaMV 35S Promoter
10  Transgenic DNA More Likely to Spread
11  Horizontal Transfer of Transgenic DNA
12  Hazards of Horizontal Gene Transfer
13  Conclusion to Parts 1 & 2

Part 3:  The Manifold Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture

14  Why Sustainable Agriculture?
15  Higher or Comparable Productivity & Yields
16  Better Soils
17  Cleaner Enviroment
18  Reduced Pesticides & No Increase in Pests
19  Supporting Biodiversity & Using Diversity
20  Environmental & Economic Sustainability
21  Ameliorating Climate Change
22  Efficient & Profitable Production
23  Improved Food Security & Benefits to Local Communities
24  Organics for Health
25  Conclusion to Part 3


Statement of the Indepentat Science Panel

Independent Science Panel on GM: List of Members