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News :: Environment
BioJustice 2007 Responds to Biotechnology Industry
02 May 2007
BOSTON -- A major public gathering on biotechnology is coming to Boston in early May, but this one won't be attended by representatives of biotechnology firms. BioJustice is a week-long series of teach-ins, workshops, protests, marches, and celebrations being organized as a counterpart to the Biotechnology Industry Organization's International (BIO) international convention. Organizers of BioJustice criticize the biotechnology industry's activities in agriculture, medicine, and bioweaponry, and say that better alternatives are available.

To listen to Press Conference go to:
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/199231/index.php
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"Not only will BioJustice2007 illuminate what's wrong with the Biotechnology Industry, we are also demonstrating the sensible, community-based alternatives like local, organic farming, and a health care system that works for people rather than for profit," said an organizer, Erin Ryan Fitzgerald.

BioJustive 2007 supports a decentralized local food economy that is free of genetically engineered foods and seeds. "GE seed manufacturers are snatching the rug out from underneath farmer's food independence by capturing seed markets and enforcing patents. They contaminate non-GE crops by letting the pollen from their patented GE crops blow onto neighboring fields. The apparent intent is to create a global monoculture owned by them" said Ben Grosscup of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter. "The future of healthy and reliable food is in local and organic systems, not genetic engineering" he said. On Friday, May 4 at 7p.m. at Old South Church near Copley Square, international farmers, scientists, and food activists will speak out about the threat of genetic engineering.

Organizers are also working towards an accessible health care system not dominated by pharmaceutical companies and their costly and unreliable synthetic drugs. Major pharmaceutical companies are among the largest contributor to the industry convention. On Saturday May 5 at 10a.m. at Old South Church, a panel titled "Biotechnology, Medicine and Human Rights" will bring together experts to discuss how the biotechnology is affecting our health care system.

Organizers oppose the commodification of life and support community resistance to the plans for a biological weapons lab in the heart of the Roxbury neighborhood. BioJustice Organizers are joining local residents on May 6, for a community gathering in Blackstone Park at Washington and W. Newton Sts., with festivities, children's activities, and a panel of speakers on the proposed Boston University bioweapons facility planned for the neighborhood.

Event Summary:
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International Farmers Speak Out: May 4, 7–9:30p.m. Panel discussion with Anna Lappé (Small Planet Institute), Ignacio Chapela (University of California, Berkeley), representatives of international farmers’ movements from Bangladesh, native communities in the US Southwest and others. Mary Norton Hall, Old South Church (Copley Square).

Biotechnology, Medicine and Human Rights: May 5, 10–11:30a.m. Panel discussion with Judy Norsigian (Our Bodies Ourselves), George Annas (Boston University), John Abramson (M.D., author of Overdosed America), Sandy Eaton (R.N., Mass. Nurses' Assn.), and Sonia Shah (author of The Body Hunters). Mary Norton Hall, Old South Church (Copley Square).

Environmental Justice tour and puppet parade in Roxbury: May 6, 11a.m.–1p.m. Followed by a community gathering in Blackstone Park (Washington and W. Newton Sts.) until 4p.m, with festivities, children's activities, and a panel of speakers on the proposed B.U. bioweapons facility planned for the neighborhood.

Premiere screenplay reading of The Donors: May 6, 5p.m. A science fiction thriller set in 2030 in which a feisty teenage clone battles a company that plans to sell off her organs, trying to save the lives of other "donor" children. Introduced by Prof. James Sherley (MIT). Community Church of Boston, Guatemala Room, 565 Boylston Street, near Copley Sq.

Rising Tide Road Show: May 6, 6PM-8PM. Includes a slide show on mountain top removal coal mining, presentations on global struggle against environmental degradation and food security, social justice songs, and a confronting climate change musical. Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor, Chinatown Boston.

Meals and childcare are available. For a full and updated listing of Biojustice events:
See also:
http://www.BioJustice2007.org
http://www.biodev.org
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Links to audio from BioJustice 2007 Events:

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