Outsmarting Nature?


Many of the world's largest agro-industrial corporations are pushing forward the poorly-defined idea of "Climate-Smart Agriculture"(CSA) to re-market industrial agriculture as 'climate-ready'. This report uncovers how some advocates of CSA are embracing the extreme genetic engineering tools of synthetic biology ("Syn Bio") to develop a set of false solutions to the climate crisis. The 20-page report includes: - An overview of the Players lining up behind the “Climate-Smart” brand and the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA). - Details and critique of public and private research projects to alter photosynthesis pathways in plants and microbes, theoretically to increase the carbon sequestration of plants. - Details and critique of Synthetic Biology projects that aim to increase nitrogen fixation in plants and create ‘self-fertilizing plants,’ theoretically to reduce fertilizer applications. - An exposé of new Syn Bio applications developed by agrochemical giant Syngenta that make the activation of ‘climate-tolerance’ traits dependent on the application of proprietary pesticides – thereby tying farmers closer to agrochemical use. - Proposals to release controversial ‘Gene Drive’ technology into the wild to make weed populations more susceptible to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, altering ecosystems to extend the commercial viability of that agrochemical.

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Title: Outsmarting Nature?
Authors: ETC Group
Tags: Synthetic Biology
agriculture
climate change
genetic engineering
climate adaptation
crop yields
Date: 26-Nov-2015
Publisher: ETC Group
URI: http://library.ipamglobal.org/jspui/handle/ipamlibrary/447
Weblink: http://www.etcgroup.org/content/outsmarting-nature
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Biodiversity Based Ecological Agriculture

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