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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

In fighting deforestation, lets celebrate our victories: but beware the law of unintended consequences

Aug. 13, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Food and Technology, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Palm oil, Synthetic biology

Campaigns to transform the palm oil industry are having clear success on many fronts: Over twenty companies worldwide, including Unilever, Cargill, Wilmar, and Pepsico, have adopted sustainable palm oil policies of varying strengths in the past f...

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A Bad Week for Big Biotech: Supreme Court decision invalidating gene patents one of many recent major setbacks to the biotechnology industry’s control over life

Jun. 13, 2013 / Posted by: Emma Hedman / Categories: Blog, Food and Technology / Tags: Emma hedman, Gene patents, Genetic engineering, Synthetic biology

Today many women’s rights groups, cancer patients, scientists, and concerned citizens celebrated an enormous victory in the Supreme Court: human genes can no longer be patented by big business! As of this morning, over 20% of the human geno...

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Synthetic biology and the “bioeconomy”: Feeding fuel to the fire of landgrabs and biodiversity loss

Feb. 18, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant and Eric Hoffman / Categories: Blog, Climate and Energy, Food and Technology, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Biomass, Eric hoffman, Forests, Jeff conant, Synthetic biology

When our friends at Global Forest Coalition asked us to write an article examining the links between the synthetic biology industry and trends in the forest sector, we were happy to put together the following article, a version of which has just r...

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