Genetic engineering is a process in which new DNA is manually added to an organism. Crops having modified oil content, plants that are insect resistant, and plants that are herbicide tolerant are current examples of transgenic, or genetically engineered, organisms.
DNA is like a recipe for life. Four types of subunits in a DNA strand hold code information. The combinations of those subunits are the instructions on how proteins in an organism need to live and grow. Proteins do work in the cells. Every aspect of an organism is composed of protein or caused by a protein action.
Genetic engineering removes a gene from an organism and inserts it into another. The second organism then can express the encoded trait. The process can be compared to taking a recipe from a cookbook and putting it in another cookbook. The Genetic Engineering Alliance tells, of the position it holds, in the matter in this link.
- The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association:
ALBA provides business and educational opportunities for aspiring farmers and farm workers to grow and market crops grown on two Monterey County, California organic farms.
- California Certified Organic Farmers:
CCOF is a passionate trade association and full-service agency for organic certification. Their passion causes the desire to be the leading voice for promoting, advocating, educating and certifying organic.
California Dairy Campaign
CDC was formed to build a dairy producer movement that works together to push the dairy industry in the direction that is responsive to needs of family dairy farms. One of their goals is to lead responsible care of land and cattle to ensure healthy and safe food.
- National Farmers Union:
NFU helps family farmers address monopolistic practices and profitability issues. Since 1902, they have been enhancing and protecting the quality of life and economic well-being of rural communities, ranchers, and farmers. The membership advocates positions of grassroots-driven policy that members adopt.
- Californians for GE-Free Agriculture
This statewide coalition of food safety and organic agriculture organizations is committed to economically viable and ecologically responsible farming. The Coalition provides resources and education in support of the rights of communities and farmers to address and evaluate economic, human health, and environmental risks of genetically engineered agriculture.
- The Center for Urban Agriculture Fairview Gardens
This non-profit organization was established, in 1997, to operate and preservice Fairview Gardens. Products are grown on this historic farm. The organization’s mission is to build nature, food, and community connections. That goal is accomplished by the innovation and production of locally-grown, organic, and safe foods in a manner that is sustainable.
- Community Alliance with Family Farmers
CAFF is a nonprofit based in California. It advocates for sustainable agriculture and family farmers. Extensive on-the-ground programs are run in many California regions. The programs enable businesses and community members to locate and choose locally produced food. These programs help farmers increase sustainability and income. CAFF played a significant role in the enactment of tough laws regulating the use of pesticides.
Happy is how the founders of Earthbound Farm Organicdescribe themselves, what they produce, and the effects of their efforts. Drew and Myra Goodman began with a 2.5-acre raspberry farm and expanded to the nearly 50,000 acres where organic produce of all kinds is grown. The goal is a happy planet that uses sustainable farming that keeps synthetic chemicals from the environment.
Ecological Farming Association
The mission of EcoFarm is nurturing just, healthy, and ecologically sustainable communities, food systems, and farms by education, building alliances, advocating, and celebrating with people the organization brings together. There is a grave concern about developing and releasing genetically engineered crops without adequate oversight, scant testing for safety, and little public debate.
Food and Water Watch
Clean water and healthy food are champions of Food & Water Watch. They take on corporations that value profits more than people. The organization advocates for a democracy that protects the environment and improves people’s lives. A healthy future for not only the present but generations to come is the vision. It is believed that people, becoming involved in the working of democracy and taking control of decision-making that affect their lives, and that of their communities will create a better world. Sustainable energy, clean water, and wholesome food will make it better.
People in need have increased access to fresh produce thanks to Marin Organic. The organization also promotes organic agriculture and provides food system education through its partnerships with local farms. Farmers are provided with marketing support. Help in building relationships with businesses in the area is part of that support. Farmers do their part by providing locations for educational programs and donating extra food harvested to hunger relief organizations.
Who We Are
The Genetic Engineering Policy Alliance is a network of organizations and individuals promoting precautionary policies on genetically engineered food and agriculture. The Alliance includes representation from agriculture, consumer, health, faith, labor, environmental, social justice and business sectors. We are united in our concern about the impacts of genetically engineered crops and foods on agriculture, the public, and the environment. See Alliance Members.
What we do:
The Genetic Engineering Policy Alliance works to…
- Protect farmers from economic loss due to unwanted contamination from genetically engineered crops.
- Promote the public’s right-to-know about the presence of genetically engineered crops in our food and agriculture.
- Safeguard the environment and public health from damage due to exposure to genetically engineered crops and food.
We educate policymakers and the general public with our simple and concise four-point Genetic Engineering Policy Platform. The Policy Platform addresses some of the fundamental issues surrounding genetically engineered crops, and their risks to farmers and farm workers, the environment and public health. Using our Policy Platform as an education tool, we raise awareness of the need for sound policies on genetically engineered food and crops for the state of California. See Policy Platform
Why we do it:
California is the largest agricultural state in the United States growing over 350 specialty crops for both the domestic and international markets. California currently has no programs or policies in place related to genetic engineering in agriculture. Some of the GE Policy Alliance concerns are:
- Markets around the world and in the U.S. do not want genetically engineered ingredients in their food.
- Genetic contamination is inevitable.
- Farmers are vulnerable to financial harms in the event of unwanted contamination of their crops.
- The lack of labeling leaves consumers with limited choice about what they eat and feed their families.
- Food crops genetically engineered with pharmaceutical and industrial traits exposes people to unacceptable public health risks.
Our Genetic Engineering Policy Platform provides the foundation for the development of statewide policies that will protect against the most dangerous GE crops, provide access to information so that farmers and consumers may make wise choices for themselves and their families, and provide recourse if unintended harms occur.