Food and Technology

Healthy foodsOur farms and food are one of our most important connections to our environment. Yet as corporate agribusiness expands its control over our agricultural system and increasingly uses toxic chemicals and risky technologies to produce our food, our environment and health are threatened as is our ability to produce food sustainably.

Friends of the Earth is leading the charge to ensure our food system is just and sustainable. The campaigns within our food and technology project also pressure governments to embrace the safe and precautionary management of emerging technologies, including nanotechnology and synthetic biology, which are appearing in more consumer products such as food, cosmetics and sunscreens each year.

Bee Action campaign

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One out of three bites of food and two-thirds of crops overall are pollinated by bees. Unfortunately, bees are dying at alarming rates around the world. A growing body of science has implicated neonicotinoids (neonics), the world’s best-selling class of pesticides, as a key contributor to this global crisis. What’s worse, these pesticides are commonly found in “bee-friendly” home garden plants and in off-the-shelf garden products sold at garden centers nationwide.

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Good food, healthy planet

The science is clear -- a diet with less meat and more plant-based, organically grown, unprocessed foods is better for our health and better for the planet. Our Good Food, Healthy Planet campaign aims to dramatically reduce consumption of animal products, while increasing access to and availability of sustainable animal and plant-based proteins on restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. We also advocate for better policies to reduce the harmful environmental, animal welfare, worker and public health impacts of industrial agriculture and push for greater public investment in more sustainable food production.

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Synthetic biology

We are pushing for proper government oversight of synthetic biology -- a largely unregulated and rapidly developing biotechnology that involves engineering new organisms from scratch.

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Synbio vanilla: A new ingredient straight out of a petri dish is about to enter the global food supply in many of our favorite foods from ice cream to birthday cake.

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Genetic engineeringWhite House GE salmon protest

We are working to keep genetically engineered "frankenfish" -- which would be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption -- off of grocery store shelves.

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We advocate for policies to protect the public from the risks posed by the increasing use of nanomaterials in cosmetics, sunscreens and a plethora of other consumer products.

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Gene patents

Mother and child in poolWe are working to ban the patenting of human genes, which unjustly give corporations control over research and potentially life-saving tests and treatments drawn from these fundamental building blocks of life.

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