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Biodevastation Anti-GE Activists Will Meet and March in Boston March 24-30

ANNOUNCING -- BIODEVASTATION 2000:
The 4th International Grassroots Gathering on Genetic Engineering:
Resistance and Solutions to the Corporate Monopoly on Power, Food and Life

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Boston, March 24-30, 2000
Teach-in / Rally and Parade / Nonviolent Direct Actions

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**** Join activists, scientists, farmers, and people from around
**** the world for a week of education, strategy and empowerment.
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**** Help build a visible and unified movement against
**** genetic engineering and protest BIO 2000, the largest-ever
**** convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
****
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MARCH 24-25 - Teach-in / Counter-conference: Explore the effects of genetic
engineering on our health, the environment, farms and society, help create
community-centered solutions, learn and develop organizing and action skills
and more.

Panel and workshop topics will include:

* Damaging health effects of genetically engineered foods
* Adverse environmental impacts of genetic engineering
* Demystifying human genetics and medical biotechnology
* Seeds, family farms and the future of organic food
* Biotechnology and corporate globalism
* Biopiracy and patents on life
* Dumping of engineered foods in the "third world" and inner city communities
* Corporate and government agendas for biotechnology
* Resisting corporate control over our food and health
* Corporate campaigns, popular education and direct action strategies

Featured speakers include Vandana Shiva (RFSTE, India), Jose Bove
(Confederation Paysanne, France, tentative), Ruth Hubbard (Harvard
University, tentative), Hope Shand (RAFI), Steve Wilson and Jane Akre
(formerly of Fox TV), Jonathan King (MIT), Brian Tokar (Institute for Social
Ecology), Beth Burrows (Edmonds Institute), Charles Margulis (Greenpeace
USA), Martin Shaw (GenetiX Snowball, UK), Jim Thomas (Greenpeace UK), C.R.
Lawn (Fedco Seeds), Martha Crouch (former plant molecular biologist), Stuart
Newman (Council for Responsible Genetics), Orin Langelle (ACERCA) and
numerous artists and performers, including members of the Bread and Puppet
Theater, and the band Seize the Day from London.

This is the fourth in a series of international grassroots gatherings, which
began in St. Louis in July 1998, and continued with events in New Delhi
(March 1999) and Seattle (May 1999). The conference is organized by
Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, People's Earth Network
and the Institute for Social Ecology, and co-sponsored by the Council for
Responsible Genetics, Greenpeace USA, Native Forest Network, Edmonds
Institute, ACERCA (Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of
Central America) and many others.

MARCH 26 - Public Rally, Parade and Street Theater: A festival of
resistance against genetic engineering and the BIO convention.

MARCH 27-30 - Continuing Actions*: A wide variety of nonviolent actions and
festivities will be occurring throughout the week to resist the
Biotechnology Industry Organization convention.

For more information, please contact:

Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering
(802) 454-9957, nerage@sover.net

People's Earth Network
(617) 524-7841, biod2000@jamaicaplain.com

* For more information on coordinated direct actions throughout the week,
contact: bio4actions@yahoo.com

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