Our aims and beliefs

Our aims are to

  • provide clear and understandable information and detailed technical critiques of various aspects of GE [GM] science and technology;
  • research the current state of GE technology and critically analyse its applications for their impacts;
  • investigate and highlight gaps and assumptions in current knowledge and risk analysis;
  • research topics that are neglected or where independent views are needed;
  • monitor and critique life patents and biopiracy, demonstrate the connection between life patents and commercial GE applications; and work for the exclusion of living materials from patenting;
  • investigate corporate influence on science, technology and agriculture;
  • research corporate personhood in relation to human rights; and to
  • provide information on these issues
    • for the public, civil-society organisations (CSOs/NGOs), independent agencies, community-based initiatives, farmers, parliamentarians, media, regulators and governments, and
    • in the form of reports, briefings, scientific papers and presentations.

We believe that

  • science and technology should serve society and meet social and/or environmental needs;
  • the precautionary principle and respect for scientific uncertainty are fundamental to the responsible application of new technologies;
  • scientific uncertainty should be acknowledged but not used to deny the purpose of risk assessment;
  • risk assessments should be free from commercial, political, governmental or any other vested interests;
  • new technologies require meaningful and informed public participation to decide whether and how they should be developed and implemented;
  • information on new technologies must be easily accessible to the public and available in a clear and understandable form; and that
  • commercial confidentiality should not be allowed to block public access to information. This requires a clear separation of science from business and the state.