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webmaster contact us news links news home Most information on this site is now out of date.
However these links will give you the latest information:


Genetix Update Spring 2002
Genetix Update Autumn 2001
Farm Scale trial locations
togg - (loads of useful info and links)
GM News - UK and Worldwide
Snowball's Links Page
gm-info (part of Corporate Watch)

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Getting in touch with GEN:
PO Box 9656, London, N4 4JY
Tel: 020 8374 9516

Why was the Genetic Engineering Network set up?
Genetic Engineering is now a hot topic within campaigning circles throughout the UK and indeed world-wide. One of the most exciting things about the wider campaign against genetic engineering is the number of groups active on varying levels. While some groups are working on the animal welfare side of genetic engineering, others are working on the patenting of life. Some want complete bans, some the labelling of GE products and others moratoriums, while others are simply concentrating on raising public awareness.
It became apparent that all these groups needed to establish some common ground and exchange information in order to be as effective as possible. The other need was for information to get out to the general public in order to inform and enable them to become actively involved. The Genetic Engineering Network (GEN) was set up in early 1997 to achieve these aims and exists as a clearing house for information.

Who is the Genetic Engineering Network?
Groups already actively exchanging information within the network include Corporate Watch, Earth First!, genetiX snowball, Genetix Food Alert, Green Party, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Women's Environmental Network and Gaia Foundation, as well as whole-food groups, organic farmers and the numerous local groups and individuals that are springing up around the UK in opposition to genetic engineering. If you are interested in becoming part of this informal network please contact us. We are also happy to help with new groups setting up and will put people in contact with others in their area if requested

What does GEN do?
To help facilitate exchange between groups within GEN we hold monthly meetings in London, produce a bi- monthly Genetix Update newsletter and run an email information service. We now have an to deal with the ever increasing demand for information, as well as a press database so that we are in are able to send out press releases both on request from local groups as well as general GEN press releases. Rather than deal with all the press and public enquiries ourselves we instead guide media wherever possible to groups or individuals that we feel would be most appropriate for the enquiry. There are also local meetings taking place on a regular basis around the country.

What is the genetics email information list?
Also known as the Reclaim the Streets email list as it was their initiative, though it is now known as the GEN list. The service redistributes the latest press coverage and general information on the subject of genetic engineering to a wide range of subscribers. They include scientists, campaigners, members of the public, publications, journalists and biotechnology companies from around the world. 'List 1' is very heavy traffic averaging 5 emails a day. There is a less busy 'List 2' that only receives Genetix Update newsletter each month as well as action alerts and other peoples newsletters on the subject of genetic engineering. Click here to subscribe. Please specify which list you would prefer.

What is the Genetix Update?
The Genetix Update is an eight page bi-monthly newsletter. It summarises the main developments on the very broad subject of genetic engineering from the previous month, as well as reporting on direct action against genetic engineering. It is aimed at concerned members of the public as well as campaigning groups. It is a means to inform and inspire people to become active in the campaign and keep those already active abreast of the latest developments. Most of the information comes from contributions to the email information list and is then edited into succinct factual articles along with diary dates, contact numbers and action ideas wherever possible. The newsletter is then distributed to the GEN database, whole-food shops, public debates and discussions and information stalls as well as being distributed electronically via the email information lists.