Biojustice 2002 - Activists to
Converge in Toronto June 7-9th

The 6th International Grassroots Gathering on Genetic Engineering June
7-9, Toronto, Canada

Conference Notice

presented by The Polaris Institute, Council of Canadians, BIOdevastation
Toronto Coalition, and Institute for Social Ecology:

Over the last two years, thousands of people have gathered to counter
the annual conventions of the biotechnology industry in Boston and San
Diego. This year, people will be converging on Toronto to broaden the
biojustice movement and challenge the biotechnology industry and their
vision for our future. It will be a gathering to learn, strategize and
network about genetic engineering in agriculture and pharmaceuticals,
biowarfare, genetic and non-genetic discrimination, trade regimes and
corporate control, patenting of life and more. This event is timed to
challenge the industry's annual convention BIO2002, Toronto, June 9-12.

Friday Night Panel:
A Biotech Future? Exposing the Truth

Speakers include:

* Dr. Vandana Shiva, author, physicist and philosopher of science,
founder of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology
(India) and recipient of the 1993 Right Livelihood Award.

* Dr. Nancy Olivieri, professor of pediatrics at the University of
Toronto, and head of the thalassemia and sickle-cell anemia research
programs at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, and co-founder,
Doctors for Research Integrity

* Dr. Gregor Wolbring, research scientist, Department of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary;
member of the Ethics working group of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
and founder of The International Network on Bioethics and Disability

Others To Be Announced

Saturday Workshops at the University of Toronto
exploring topics such as . . .

* Drug Safety and Biotechnology in Medicine
* The Tyranny of "Normal": Eugenics, Culture and Human Engineering
* The Future of GE Foods and Crops
* Agricultural Biotechnology: The Farm Crisis and New Technologies
* Building a Movement for Healthy Food and Healthy Food Policy
* Why Biotechnology Won't "Feed the World"
* Indigenous Knowledge, Biopiracy and Colonialism
* Trade Agreements, Patents and the Marketing of GE Products
* Biotech Engines: Corporate Research and Campaigning
* Manipulating Natural Resources: GE Trees and Fish

Others To Be Announced

8:30AM to 6:00PM at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
(OISE) - University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Saturday Evening Panel: BIOWARFARE: Is the Biotech Industry Fuelling a
New Arms Race? at OISE, U. of Toronto

Speakers include:

* Jan Van Aken, researcher and campaigner, The Sunshine Project,

* Dr. Mark Wheelis, author and professor, Section of Microbiology,
University of California at Davis

Other speakers To Be Announced

Sunday: bioDIVERSITY GMO-Free Picnic: A Festival of Alternatives 12 noon
- 4 PM, Grange Park


* Dr. David Suzuki, geneticist, author, and TV host of "The Nature of

* Lots of free organic food, activities for children, music and
theatre, information booths, speakers and more.


Whole Event (Sunday picnic is free):

Before May 27, 2002: $25
At the door: $35
Students, seniors and fixed income: $10
Friday evening public forum only: $ 10 at the door (cash only)

Registration begins April 22, 2002
For more information or to register contact the Council of Canadians:
Phone: 1 (800) 387-7177 or

This event is wheelchair accessible. If you need child care for Saturday
please contact us.

To get involved:

In Toronto: email the BIOdev Coalition at In Ottawa:
contact Lucy Sharratt at the Polaris Institute, (613) 237 1717,
lucy_sharratt@on.aibn. In the United States: contact the Institute for
Social Ecology's Biotechnology Project at (802) 454 7138, or

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