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5 March 2000 Issue
Biodevastation 2000

The 4th International Grassroots Gathering on Genetic Engineering:

Resistance and Solutions to the Corporate Monopoly on Power, Food and Life

Boston, March 24-30, 2000

Teach-in / Rally and Parade / Nonviolent Direct Actions

Join activists, scientists, farmers, and people from around the world for a week of education, strategy and empowerment.

Help build a visible and unified movement against genetic engineering and protest BIO 2000, the largest-ever convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

MARCH 24-26 - Teach-in / Counter-conference: Explore the effects of genetic engineering on our health, the environment, farms and society, help create community-centered solutions, learn and develop organizing and action skills and more. At Northeastern University.

Panel and workshop topics will include:

* Damaging health effects of genetically engineered foods

* Adverse environmental impacts of genetic engineering

* Demystifying human genetics and medical biotechnology

* Seeds, family farms and the future of organic food

* Biotechnology and corporate globalism

* Biopiracy and patents on life

* Dumping of engineered foods in the "third world" and inner city communities

* Corporate and government agendas for biotechnology

* Resisting corporate control over our food and health

* Corporate campaigns, popular education and direct action strategies

Featured speakers include Vandana Shiva (RFSTE, India), José Bové (Confédération Paysanne, France, tentative), Ruth Hubbard (Harvard University), Hope Shand (RAFI), Steve Wilson and Jane Akre (formerly of Fox TV), Jonathan King (MIT), Brian Tokar (Institute for Social Ecology), Beth Burrows (Edmonds Institute), Charles Margulis (Greenpeace USA), Martin Shaw (GenetiX Snowball, UK), Jim Thomas (Greenpeace UK), C.R. Lawn (Fedco Seeds), Martha Crouch (former plant molecular biologist), Stuart Newman (Council for Responsible Genetics), Orin Langelle (ACERCA) and numerous artists and performers, including members of the Bread and Puppet Theater, and the band Seize the Day from London.

This is the fourth in a series of international grassroots gatherings, which began in St. Louis in July 1998, and continued with events in New Delhi (March 1999) and Seattle (May 1999). The conference is organized by Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, People's Earth Network and the Institute for Social Ecology, and co-sponsored by the Council for Responsible Genetics, Greenpeace USA, Native Forest Network, Edmonds Institute, ACERCA (Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of Central America) and many others.

MARCH 26 - Public Rally, Parade and Street Theater: A festival of resistance against genetic engineering and the BIO convention.

MARCH 27-30 - Continuing Actions*: A wide variety of nonviolent actions and festivities will be occurring throughout the week to resist the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention.

For more information, please contact:

Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering

(802) 454-9957, nerage@sover.net 

Boston Biodevastation clearinghouse:

(877) 9-RESIST (toll-free), biod2000@jamaicaplain.com 

* For more information on coordinated direct actions throughout the week,

contact: bio4actions@yahoo.com 

* Registration materials and more information are available online at

www.biodev.org

Source: NERAGE Vermont/ISE <nerage@sover.net>

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