Position Statements on Biotechnology

French Academy of Science

French Academy of Sciences Announces Support For Genetically Modified Crops

(SRC:BNA Inc.; Daily Environment Report -- ATH:Lawrence Speer)

France's Academy of Sciences has published a report which says that the current criticisms of genetically modified (GM) crops are scientifically "unfounded." The article says that the report also calls on France's government to revise its position against the commercial use of GM food. The article says that while the report advocates the use of GM crops, it also recognizes some "legitimate points made by GM critics over access to new products." The Academy suggests the development of an "international initiative to prevent industrial intellectual property laws from dissuading uses in noncommercial areas that are of general interest." In addition, the article says that the Academy calls for the drafting of an international ethics charter for biotechnology issues, which would define the terms for interaction between public research bodies in developed countries and their public and private counterparts in developing countries. The article notes that the Academy of Sciences' report in favor of GM crops is similar to the findings of a December 12 statement published jointly by France's Academy of Medicine and Academy of Pharmacology. Information about the Academy of Sciences report, including a summary in English, can be viewed online at the link below. [Copies of "Les Plantes Genetiquement Modifiees: Rapport sur la Science et la Technologie No. 13" may be ordered from the website.]

International Support:

  1. International Organizations
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America
  7. Oceania

International Organizations

- Food and Agricultural Organization
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Third World Academy of Sciences

- Agenda 21
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Vatican Pontifical Academy on Life

- International Council for Science Union

- International Life Sciences Institute


- International Society of African Scientists
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Africabio
- South African Minister Ngubane's statement at WSSD
- National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
- Former Kenyan President Moi's letter to US President Clinton

- Nigerian President Obasanjo's Statement


- Asian Development Bank
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Indian National Academy of Sciences
- National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines)
- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir's Speech at BioMalaysia 2002
- Policy Statement on Biotechnology (Philippines)


- Royal Society of London

- Prime Minister Blair's speech

- European Commission

- French Academy of Science

North America


United States of America

- American Medical Association
- American Society for Microbiology
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Research Council
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Federation of Animal Science Societies
- American Midwest Farmers

  • American Agri-Women
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Milk Producers Federation
  • National Potato Council
  • National Turkey Federation
  • United Soybean Board


- Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- The Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities)
- Industry Canada (Federal Department of Industry)
- The 1998 Canadian Biotechnology Strategy: A Ongoing Renewal Process

Latin America

- Brazilian Academy of Sciences
- Mexican Academy of Sciences


- New Zealand Royal Commission

- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Australia New Zealand Food Authority
- Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

- National Farmers' Federation

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