BEDE in English
BEDE is an international association founded in 1994.
It is based in Montpellier and has been set up as a French non-profit organisation.
Together with close to fifty organisations that belong to French, European and international networks, BEDE is contributing to the protection and advancement of family farming by supporting information dissemination and networking initiatives managed with due respect for living organisms diversity.
BEDE produces teaching tools and organises workshops, meetings for farmers, researchers and representatives of the civil society from around Europe, and from North and West Africa.
Through its activities BEDE enables the public at large to understand what is at stake with agricultural biodiversity and helps farmers organisations to improve their work in the field and their capacity for legal negotiations on genetic resources, biosafety, intellectual property rights.
"The Peoples' Minervoix"
Conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities : advance in participatory action research, dissemination and advocacy
The 13th Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology met in May 2012 in Montpellier, France. Three civil society organizations, BEDE, ICCA Consortium and Global Diversity Foundation, convened a pre-Congress workshop on advances in participatory action research, dissemination, and advocacy. Delegates were representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities active in these areas, supported by researchers and field experts. The workshop received the support of a number of generous funders (see acknowledgements section).
Rooting and linking territories
Introductory document: The Rooting and linking territories project is a North South project aiming to connect small scale farmers communities in Europe, North Africa and the West Africa. Its aim is to increase and develop the exchanges between flagship territories in transition to agro--]ecology, and to reinforce the links between their rural organisations and professional networks actively engaged in managing agricultural biodiversity and food sovereignty. It works to strengthen the capabilities of local innovative communities by facilitating encounters between all kinds of traditional, technical or scientific knowledge with a stake in this question.
Synthesis report of the international civil society meeting for the development of a comprehensive process for farmers seeds, Aiguillon, France, 30th September 2012
The initiative: An international meeting had been proposed by the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) and the French Farmers Seeds Network (RéseauSemences Paysannes-RSP) to decide upon a common strategy on civil society participation in the negotiation of the Internation al Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food (ITPGRFA). This initiative followed the collective work carried out by various NGOs and La Via Campesina at the meeting of the Treaty's Governing Body which met in Bali in March 2011. Their joined interventions allowed the establishment of a working group on Articles 5 and 6 of the Treaty, dealing with sustainable use and taking into account Art 9 on Farmers' Rights. CSOs have called for this working group to be based on civil-society participation in ITPGRFA, similar to the process established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (CSOs are participants, not observers in the meetings).
New techniques for the alteration of the living - For whom ? Why ?
Plant genetic engineering with laboratories' technique is a process still going on in the biotech companies' laboratories. The current commercialised GMOs come from technique already obsolete. For transgenesis is no longer the only technique adopted by the industries to genetically modify plants. The technicians have now the choice between several technique with names such as zinc finger nuclease technology, cisgenesis...
Focusing on the risks associated with transgenesis, which allows the genetic chimera development, public debate got recently interested in older genetic engineering technique like mutagenesis. This debate on mutated plants did not occur prior to their commercialisation which happened with no legal biosafety framework. New techniques that are now coming out from laboratories require public attention.
By the end of 2008, European commission requested from membre states two experts to join a european working group. Its goal was to answer the following question : does GMO legislation applies to products obtained through the use of those eight techniques ? In june 2011, the experts had not finished their work and no calendar was known by then.
To answer this new move of technoscience, a seminar was organised by Inf'OGM in order to start thinking an independent and critical analysis. With the purpose of having a democratic debate with sufficient knowledge.
Coll. Emergence: "Pour l'Emergence d'une Université sur le Vivant"
By Inf'OGM, with BEDE, GIET, RSP - This brochure is mainly inspired from the workshop "The coming modified plants, why et for whom ?", an Inf'OGM's training on the new techniques of biotechnology, october 2010, the 5th and 6th, Bagnolet (93) France.
Produced with the financial support of: Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme, Fondation pour une terre humaine, Fondation Denis Guichard