Online event – date for your diary
NO GM FOOD – NO GM BABIES!
Online event 4pm Sunday 11 Sept 2022
This event is part of the Anti-University
Organised by Stop Designer Babies
To join, visit https://festival.antiuniversity.org/events/no-gm-food-no-gm-babies on the day for link.
In the UK, the Tory government is deregulating (removing regulatory controls from) a new wave of GM crops, many of them created through CRISPR technology. Some government sources have even claimed, wrongly, that these new GM crops are not genetically engineered, even though the Bill that is set to deregulate these crops makes clear that they are.
These new GM crops will endanger the food supply, threaten non-GMO and organic farmers with contamination, perpetuate monocultures, and entrench the power of agrochemical corporations.
In 2018, the first CRISPR gene-edited babies were born. But Stop Designer Babies points out that "despite the wave of international outrage, scientists are pushing forward and next year they will try to legalise the creation of GM babies in the UK. This will likely lead to a free-market, designer baby eugenics. In a climate of rising racism, disability hate crime and right wing authoritarianism, these oppressions will increasingly dictate which kinds of people get born."
Although these issues may seem different, they are linked through shared histories and underlying ideologies of progress through technological control of nature and neoliberal choice. Join Stop Designer Babies to discuss the links between these twin threats and how they can be fought.