GENET is a European network of non-governmental non-profit organizations engaged in the critical debate of genetic engineering, founded in 1995. GENET's mission is to provide information on genetic engineering to its member organizations and the interested public and to support their activities and campaigns. At the moment, GENET has 51 member organizations in 27 European countries. GENET is an international non-profit association under Swiss law.
The purpose of GENET is to exchange information on genetic engineering and campaigns focusing on:
and its implications on
By informing interested organizations and individuals GENET facilitates the citizens' involvement in decision-making processes which have to guide the development of this technology.
Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Jabulani Mabuza has challenged local farmers to embrace genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and apply the technology to maximise their produce.
While research is inconclusive on the effectiveness of the experimental drug ZMapp, which was developed to fight the deadly Ebola virus, it does demonstrate that genetic engineering is emerging as a much more far-reaching technology than we could have imagined.
As the world grapples with malnutrition and famine, some scientists argue that biofortifying food through GM technology is the only way to save millions of lives, but is GM technology safe and should it be embraced by all humanity? Cathy Pryor and Michael Mackenzie report.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for the first time has granted licenses to four genetically-modified corn varieties to be used for both human consumption and animal feed.
Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes now raise the possibility that fruit and other crops might be genetically improved without the need to introduce foreign genes, according to researchers.
A number of countries around the world have now completely banned GM food and the pesticides that go with them, or have severe restrictions against them. This comes after the world has experienced a massive resistance against Monsanto and other biotech giants that manufacture GMOs and pesticides.
Europe is faced with a new wave of GM-crops that could drastically change the way we produce food in Europe – including extensive pesticide spraying. These GM-crops are unnecessary, risky and profit large multinational companies at the expense of small scale and sustainable farming.
The website and film "Stop the Crop" present some of the dangers of GM-crops, and call for people across Europe and beyond to take action to stop them. We need a future of food and farming that benefits people and planet, and not the pockets of big business. We need to stop GM-crops from spreading across Europe.
Visit the website to know more and to get engaged: stopthecrop.org