Last publications

  • 'Peasant Seeds, the Foundation of Food Severeignty in Africa'
    CNOP, BEDE, IIED - August 2008 More


  • 'Promoting peasant farming and an ecologicial solidarity- based agriculture in Europe'
    BEDE, 2008 More


  • New sources of funding for a global approach to living organisms
    Robert Ali Brac de la Perrière (BEDE) and Frédéric Prat (GEYSER), 2008 More

    Last events

  • Scientific and cultural events on GMOs in Languedoc-Roussillon
    In 2007 GMO crops were grown on close to 100 million hectares in the world and the figure keeps growing. In France and the rest of Europe public opinion is alarmed... >>

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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

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Seeds and Farmers'rights.
How international regulations affect farmer seeds.

Over time a web of enormous complexity has been woven around seeds and plant reproduction organs, trapping farmers in a tangle of decrees, laws, directives and conventions. Farmers are denied their say in the incomprehensible regulations affecting their right to produce, multiply, use, exchange and sell the seeds of plants cultivated in their own fields. While the market is becoming globalised and industrial concentration is consolidating the monopoly over the food industry into the hands of a small number of multinationals, industrialised countries’ suffocating regulations are spreading across the developing world.


How do international regulations affect farmer seeds? What are the threats to farmers’ rights over their seeds, the foundation of food sovereignty? This dossier aims to shed some light on these questions.


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Produced with the support of: The “Fondation pour le Progrès de l’Homme” (FPH), Misereor, the “Fondation de France” and the European Commission EuropeAid