on this site is now out of date.
However these links will give you the latest information:
Update Spring 2002
Update Autumn 2001
Scale trial locations
togg - (loads of useful
info and links)
GM News - UK
gm-info (part of Corporate Watch)
to the Gen email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscribe to the FOE Genetics email list: email@example.com
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
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
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.