sábado, mayo 05, 2007

Protesta contra transgénicos en Boston

For Immediate Release:May 4, 2007

Brian Tokar, Institute for Social Ecology: 617-513-1241
Erin Ryan Fitzgerald, BioJustice: 781-492-0795 erf@riseup.net
Ben Grosscup, Northeast Organic Farming Association: 413-658-5374

International Experts in Boston to Challenge
Biotechnology Industry

BOSTON – Independent scientists and representatives of farmers’
movements from as far away as Bangladesh are coming to Boston this
weekend to challenge the biotechnology industry on the eve of their
annual convention. They will be participating in a series of public
events under the umbrella of Biojustice 2007.

Biojustice events include an opening program at Old South Church on
Friday evening, titled “International Farmers Speak Out,” a panel on
“Biotechnology, Medicine and Human Rights” at the church on Saturday
morning, and a parade and festival on Sunday highlighting public
opposition to Boston University’s planned biodefense laboratory.

“International corporations represented at the BIO convention are
taking control of the seeds that are central to people’s lives and well
being” explained Farjana Akter, a program officer at the organization
VOICE, based inDhaka, Bangladesh. VOICE works with traditional farmers
in Bangladesh to resist corporate globalism and regain power over their

“These companies are making it more and more difficult to do honest
science,” said Ignacio Chapela, Assistant Professor of Microbial
Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley, who in 2001
confirmed the genetic contamination of traditional native corn
varieties in the mountains of southern Mexico. “They are turning our
public universities into private research centers that can only serve
corporate agendas.”

Biojustice will also highlight corporate dominance over our healthcare
system. “American medicine is like a runaway train picking up speed,
fueled by the commercially generated belief that good health comes from
ever-increasing medical spending,” said Dr. John Abramson, a family
physician and author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of
American Medicine. Dr. Abramson will join with others in a panel
discussion on Biotechnology, Medicine and Human Rights Saturday morning
(10 am) at the Old South Church.

Sunday’s Environmental Justice events are a unique collaboration with
the Roxbury-based organization Safety Net, and will feature a colorful
puppet parade from Dudley Commons (near 339 Dudley St.) to the site of
Boston University’s planned bioweapons lab.

BioJustice 2007 supports a decentralized local food economy that is
free of genetically engineered foods and seeds and an affordable
publicly supported healthcare system not dominated by pharmaceutical
giants. When BIO was last in Boston in 2000, thousands of people
paraded from Copley Square to the Hynes Convention Center following a
3-day international teach-in. A full listing of Biojustice events is
available at biodev.org.


Event Summary:

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, Nicaragua, and the Tesuque Pueblo in New
. 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, 6-8PM. 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.

For a full and updated listing see biodev.org and biojustice2007.org.