List of EcoNexus publications

Some of our publications are (more) technical, also providing a thorough review of the scientific literature to a specific topic coupled with original analysis.

All publications are either completely online or can be downloaded as pdf.

Topics Title Yearsort icon Type PDF download
New Genetic Engineering Techniques: Precaution, Risk, and the Need to Develop Prior Societal Technology Assessment

Ricarda A. Steinbrecher and Helena Paul

Dec 2017 Article
11 pages
Steinbrecher_&_Paul_Precaution-and-NGETs_Environment_AM_2017.pdf (218.97 KB)
The corruption of agricultural science

The impacts of GM crops in Argentina

Helena Paul

Presentation at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, Jan. 2016

Jan 2016 Talk
20 pages
Genetic Engineering in Plants and the “New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)”

Inherent risks and the need to regulate

Dr. Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Dec 2015 Briefing
10 pages
NBT Briefing - EcoNexus December 2015 (252.8 KB)
'Climate-Smart Agriculture' - preparing for a corporate soil and climate-grab in Paris?

Helena Paul

The Ecologist, 26 November 2015

Nov 2015
Climate COP21
Article
pages
Bioenergy Out: Why bioenergy should not be included in the next EU Renewable Energy Directive

NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Biofuelwatch, Econexus, Global Forest Coalition, World Rainforest Movement, Rettet den Regenwald e.V., and Corporate Europe Observatory

Sep 2015 Briefing
10 pages
EU Bioenergy Briefing (440.78 KB)
Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Declaration

Sep 2015 Open Letter
1 pages
Bioenergy Out - Declaration and signatories (470.26 KB)
Dr Frances Kelsey: thalidomide and the precautionary principle

Helena Paul & Philip Bereano

The Ecologist, August 2015

Aug 2015 Article
pages
New breeding techniques

Open letter to the Commission on new genetic engineering methods

Francesco Panella, Nina Holland, Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher, Andrea Ferrante, Mute Schimpf, Dr Helen Wallace, Saskia Richartz, Christoph Then

Jan 2015 Open Letter
2 pages
New Breeding Techniques - Open Letter 27 Jan 2015-1.pdf (170.02 KB)
Coming to your table?

GMO crops resistant to 'war herbicide' 2,4D

Helena Paul

The Ecologist
May 2014
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2387718/coming_to_your_ta...

May 2014 Article
pages
Swords and Ploughshares

Industrial agriculture as warfare and the need for a paradigm shift

Helena Paul

in Angie Zelter: The Chains of War - nuclear weapons, militarisation and their impact on society (2014)

Apr 2014 Essay
pages
GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

The Ecologist
February 2014
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2267255/gm_crops_are_driv...

Feb 2014 Article
pages
AGROPOLY - A handful of corporations control world food production

EcoNexus & Berne Declaration

Sep 2013 Report
18 pages
Agropoly (2013) - Full report for reading online (1.3 MB)
Agropoly (2013) - Full Report for printing - A4 format (1.15 MB)
Agropoly_Econexus_BerneDeclaration_small.png (79.31 KB)
A Foreseeable Disaster: The European Union’s agroenergy policies and the global land and water grab

Helena Paul

Published by Transnational Institute, FDCL and Econexus for Hands off the Land Alliance

Jul 2013 Report
40 pages
A_Foreseeable_Disaster.pdf (771.2 KB)
African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Who benefits, who loses?

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Jun 2013 Report
17 pages
African_Agricultural_Growth_Corridors_&_New_Alliance_-_EcoNexus_June_2013.pdf (326.56 KB)
Committee on World Food Security: High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition draft report: Biofuels and Food Security

Comments from Biofuelwatch, EcoNexus and Global Forest Coalition

Biofuelwatch, EcoNexus & Global Forest Coalition

Jan 2013 Commentary
8 pages
HLPE biofuels and food security comments (142.25 KB)
Business and Biodiversity: A Licence to Operate

Helena Paul

ECO 45, p. 4-6

Dec 2012
COP 11
Article
2 pages
Biotech Companies COMPACTing their responsibilties

Antje Lorch

ECO 43(3) published at MOP4 in Hyderabad, October 2012

Oct 2012
MOP4
Article
2 pages
Canada in violation of international obligations to the CBD…

Ocean-fertilisation & Geoengineeiring scheme

Helena Paul

ECO 44(10)

Oct 2012
COP 11
Article
1 pages
Rio+20: Where's the debate about corporate power?

A response to the proposal for a Convention on Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Helena Paul

Jun 2012
Rio+20
Opinion piece
2 pages
Biodiversity should not be expected to earn its living in the market

Helena Paul

ECO 41(1)

May 2012
WGRI 4
Article
1 pages
Biofuels: how many are invasive alien species?

Helena Paul

ECO 40(3)

May 2012
SBSTTA 16
Article
1 pages
Are we continuing to fuel Biodiversity Loss?

Biofuels, Bioenergy, Biochar and the Technologies of the new Bioeconomy

CBD Alliance

Apr 2012
SBSTTA 16
Briefing
2 pages
CBDA Briefing at SBSTTA 16: Biofuels (83.19 KB)
Engineered to fail?

Climate-related Geoengineering

CBD Alliance

Apr 2012
SBSTTA 16
Briefing
2 pages
CBDA Briefing at SBSTTA 16: Geoengineering (78.27 KB)
Why we should continue to oppose the inclusion of agriculture in the climate negotiations

Helena Paul

Feb 2012
Climate COP17 Durban
Opinion piece
11 pages
Oppose Agriculture in Climate Negotiations.pdf (208.64 KB)
Synthetic Biology needs urgent attention from the SBSTTA

EcoNexus

Oct 2011
SBSTTA 16
Submission
14 pages
EcoNexus CBD submission on Synthetic Biology (126.57 KB)
Potential Impacts of Synthetic Biology on the Biodiversity

The International Civil Society Working Group on Synthetic BiologyConsisting of: Action Group On Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety, Econexus, Friends of the Earth USA, International Center for Technology Assessment, and The Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Oct 2011
SBSTTA 16
Submission
54 pages
CSO SynBio submission to CBD SBSTTA (276.04 KB)
Corporations are not human, so why should they have human rights?

Helena Paul

Sep 2011
Rio+20
Opinion piece
6 pages
Calling the corporations to account

Helena Paul

Sep 2011
Rio+20
Opinion piece
4 pages
The liaison group on geo-engineering does not fulfil the CBD decision

Letter to the members of the liaison group on Climate-Related GeoEngineering as it relates to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Helena Paul & Almuth Ernsting

Aug 2011 Open Letter
2 pages
Letter to CBD Liaison group on geo-engineering (94.87 KB)
GE Wheat trial by Rothamsted Research

Submission on Rothamsted Research application for consent to release genetically modified wheat in the UK

Dr. Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Aug 2011 Submission
7 pages
Submission re GM Wheat application (170.23 KB)
Information concerning Innovative Financial Mechanisms (IFMs): Offset Programmes

A submission to the CBD Secretariat concerning decision X/3

Helena Paul & Antje Lorch

Jul 2011
COP9, WGRI 4
Submission
13 pages
Submission on X/3: Offset programmes (95.75 KB)
EU biofuel target causes serious damage in the Global South

Comments on the transport elements of the Renewable Energy Directive and on article 7 of the EU Fuel Quality Directive

Helena Paul

Jun 2011 Submission
3 pages
Biofuels consultation 2011 (185.71 KB)
Biochar Knowledge Gaps

Commentary

Helena Paul

May 2011 Commentary
7 pages
A dangerous precedent

The UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics proposes five ethical principles and a duty to develop biofuels instead of the Precautionary Principle

Helena Paul

English version of an article forthcoming in German in the June issue of umwelt aktuell.

May 2011 Article
2 pages
Green economy and biofuels: what did the CBD say ?

Helena Paul

Eco "Post-COP 10", Vol 36(1), p.1 & 6

Apr 2011
COP10
Article
1 pages
Finance, targets, green economy and innovative financial mechanisms

Helena Paul & Antje Lorch

ECO "Post-COP 10", Vol 36(1), p. 5.
http://www.cbdalliance.org/post-cop-10/

Mar 2011
COP10
Article
1 pages
Rio+20, the “Green Economy” and the Real Priorities

Helena Paul

Forest Cover, No. 37, p. 5-6

Mar 2011
Rio+20
Article
2 pages
Open Letter on the release of GM mosquitos in Malaysia

Open Letter from Civil Society Organizations in Response to the Field Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Malaysia

EcoNexus as one of 74 civil society organizations around the world

Feb 2011 Open Letter
4 pages
Open_letter_GM_misquitos_malaysia.pdf (90.83 KB)
CSO statement on the planned field release of GM mosquitos

Statement of Concern from Civil Society Organizations Regarding Field Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

EcoNexus as one of 87 civil society organisations

Dec 2010 Open Letter
5 pages
Statement_GM_mosquito_malaysia.pdf (89.51 KB)
Carbon markets – A distraction from the real priority: immediate emission reductions

Helena Paul

Nov 2010
Cancun Climate Negotiations
Briefing
4 pages
Carbon markets - a distraction.pdf (136.23 KB)
The carbon market dream: millions of offsets from land-use “sinks”

Econexus and Biofuelwatch

Briefing for Cancun Climate Negotiations

Nov 2010
Cancun Climate Negotiations
Briefing
3 pages
Sueño del mercado de carbono (124.59 KB)
Carbon Market Dream (118.17 KB)
El sueño del mercado de carbono: millones de créditos de carbonos por sumideros basados en el uso de la tierra

Econexus y Biofuelwatch

Informe para las negociaciones sobre el clima, Cancun, Noviembre 2010

Nov 2010
Cancun Climate Negotiations
Briefing
3 pages
Carbon Market Dream (118.17 KB)
Sueño del mercado de carbono (124.59 KB)
Release of GM mosquito Aedes aegypti OX513A (NRE(S)609-2/1/3)

Scientific opinion to the Department of Biosafety, Ministery of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia

Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Sep 2010 Scientific opinion
pages
NBB (2010): "GM mosquitoes announcement" (300.29 KB)
Scientific Opinion by R.A. Steinbrecher (146.19 KB)
NBB (2010): "GM mosquitoes factsheet" (338.5 KB)
Synthetic Biology

Letter to New Scientist

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

New Scientiest, Issue 2772, p.24-25, 7 August 2010.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727720.200-synthetic-biology.html

Aug 2010 Opinion piece
1 pages
Carbon - The New Cash Crop

Helena Paul

The Land, Autumn 2010, Issue 9, pp.15-18

May 2010 Article
4 pages
Carbon - New Cash Crop - The Land 2010.pdf (468.03 KB)
Soy production and certification: the case of Argentinean soy-based biodiesel

Julia Tomei, Stella Semino, Helena Paul, Lilian Joensen, Mario Monti & Erling Jelsøe

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 15(4): 371-394, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-010-9225-2

Apr 2010 Scientific Paper
23 pages
Agriculture and Climate Change - Real Problems, False Solutions

by Helena Paul, Almuth Ernsting, Stella Semino, Susanne Gura & Antje Lorch
EcoNexus, Biofuelwatch, Grupo de Reflexion Rural, NOAH - Friends of the Earth Denmark, and The Development Fund Norway

Report published for the Conference of the Parties, COP15, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Dec 2009
Climate COP15
Report
44 pages
Agriculture & Climate Change (408.7 KB)
Summary (202.79 KB)
Agricultura y Cambio Climatico (846.35 KB)
Sumario (159.48 KB)
2 Draft, Sept. 2010 (495.27 KB)
Ag & CC (draft 2, summary) (127.12 KB)
1. Draft, May 2010 (391.95 KB)
Ag & CC (draft 1, summary) (88.94 KB)
Agriculture and soils in carbon trading

Prepared by Jonathan Ensor (Practical Action), Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch), Susanne Gura (EcoNexus) & Helena Paul (EcoNexus)

Dec 2009 Briefing
2 pages
Agriculture & Soils in Carbon trading (61.23 KB)
Real problems, false solutions

Grupo de Reflexión Rural, Biofuelwatch, EcoNexus, NOAH & FoE Denmark

Seedling, October 2009

Oct 2009 Article
7 pages
No Idle Threat to the Marginalised

The Focus on “Marginal and Idle” Land for Biofuels (Agrofuels)

Helena Paul

published as 'Biofuel 2.0', The Ecologist, February 2009

Feb 2009 Article
4 pages
Agrofuels_Marginal_Land_Ecologist 2009.pdf (174.19 KB)
Feed the world?

R. Steinbrecher & A. Lorch

The Ecologist, November 2008.

Nov 2008 Article
4 pages
Feed the World? (200.55 KB)
Agrofuels and the Myth of the Marginal Lands

by the African Biodiversity Network, Biofuelwatch, EcoNexus, the Gaia Foundation, Salva La Selva and Watch Indonesia

Sep 2008 Briefing
8 pages
Agrofuels & Myth of the Marginal Lands (281.23 KB)
Why 'marginal' land does not solve the biofuel problems

by Helena Paul

Sep 2008 Briefing
1 pages
Land-use, Bioenergy and Agro-biotechnology

Les Levidov (Open University) and Helena Paul (Econexus)

Study for the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Aug 2008 Technical Report
35 pages
Land-use, Bioenergy and Agro-biotechnology - WBGU 2008.pdf (1.57 MB)
Can sustainability criteria for certification of agrofuels be effective?

Helena Paul

in: Policy Department Economic and Scientific Policy Sustainable Biofuel Production in Tropical and Subtropical Countries Workshop proceedings 12 June 2008, p. 19-22

Jun 2008 Chapter
4 pages
Genetically Engineered Trees & Risk Assessment

An overview of risk assessment and risk management issues

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher and Antje Lorch

Published by the Federation of German Scientists. Presented at CBD COP9 negotiations on GE trees

May 2008
COP9
Report
30 pages
GE trees & Risk assessment (260.97 KB)
Potential Ecological and Social Impacts of Genetically Engineered Trees

Commentary on the official background paper by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entitled “The Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees” (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/13/INF/6)

Co-published by 10 organisations: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, EcoNexus, Ecoropa, Friends of Siberian Forest, Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project, PIPEC (Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environment Coalition), Stop GE Tree Campaign, Timberwatch Coalition, World Rainforest Movement.

Prepared for CBD SBSTTA 13 Meeting, Rome, Italy, 18-22 February, 2008

Feb 2008
SBSTTA 13
Technical Briefing
7 pages
GE trees: CBD SBSSTA13 commentary (440.28 KB)
GE Rice

The Genetic Engineering of the World’s Leading Staple Crop

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

for Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific

Dec 2007 Report
24 pages
GE rice (856.69 KB)
Agrofuels: Towards a Reality Check in Nine Key Areas

Co-published by Biofuelwatch, Carbon Trade Watch / Transnational Institute, Corporate Europe Observatory, EcoNexus, Ecoropa, Grupo de Reflexión Rural, Munlochy Vigil, NOAH (Friends of the Earth Denmark), Rettet den Regenwald, Watch Indonesia

Report submitted to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in preparation for SBSTTA 12 (July 2007, Paris, France).

Apr 2007
SBSTTA 12
Report
36 pages
Agrofuels: Reality Check (365.93 KB)
Transformation-induced Mutations in Transgenic Plants

Analysis and Biosafety Implications

by Allison K Wilson, Jonathan R Latham and Ricarda A Steinbrecher

In: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, Vol 23, December 2006, pp. 209-237

Dec 2006 Scientific Paper
29 pages
Transformation-induced Mutations in Transgenic Plants (897.66 KB)
GURTs: No Case for Field Trials

by EcoNexus and the Federation of German Scientists

Briefing Paper for CBD COP8, Curitiba, Brazil

Mar 2006
COP8
Technical Briefing
4 pages
GURTs field trials - Briefing paper COP8 (47.78 KB)
Briefing Paper on Transgenic Trees

Implications for Human Health, Biodiversity and Biosafety

Joint briefing paper issued by: Global Justice Ecology Project, EcoNexus, Friends of the Earth International, Global Forest Forum and World Rainforest Movement

Prepared for CBD COP8 (available in English, Spanish and Portugese)

Mar 2006 Briefing
2 pages
GE trees: Health, biodiversity & biosafety (189.26 KB)
Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Global Warming

UN COP-8 Briefing No. 2

Published by EcoNexus & Global Justice Ecology Project

Prepared for CBD COP8 (available in English, Spanish and Portugese)

Mar 2006
COP8
Briefing
2 pages
Transgenic Trees: COP8 Briefing paper (31.93 KB)
V-GURTs (Terminator Technology)

Design, Reality and Inherent Risks

by EcoNexus and the Federation of German Scientists; lead author: Ricarda A. Steinbrecher, PhD

Submission to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Working Group on Article 8(j)

Jan 2006 Report
17 pages
V-GURTs: Design, reality and inherent risks (448.35 KB)
The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation

by JR Latham, AK Wilson and RA Steinbrecher

In: Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology (2006), Volume 2006, Article ID 25376

Jan 2006 Scientific Paper
7 pages
The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation (511.88 KB)
V-GURTs (Terminator)

Can it be effective as a biological containment tool?

by Dr. Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Based on submission and plenary intervention to SBSTTA 10 (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity) on behalf of EcoNexus and the Federation of German Scientists.

Jun 2005
SBSTTA 10
Technical Briefing
2 pages
V-GURTs (113.4 KB)
Argentina: A Case Study on the Impact of Genetically Engineered Soya

How producing RR soya is destroying the food security and sovereignty of Argentina

by Lilian Joensen, Stella Semino, Grupo de Reflexión Rural, Argentina and Helena Paul, EcoNexus

for The Gaia Foundation

Apr 2005 Report
30 pages
Argentina: Impact of GE soya (summary) (80.84 KB)
Argentina: Impact of GE soya (444.39 KB)
Interview: Thai Rice Farmer on GM crops

Daoreung Pheudphon explains why GM crops are a threat to farmers and won’t feed the world

Conducted by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher, Ph.D.,

Carried out in Bangkok at a public rice fair, 20 February 2005.

Feb 2005 Article
2 pages
Interview with Thai rice farmer (414.42 KB)
Genome Scrambling – Myth or Reality?

Transformation-Induced Mutations in Transgenic Crop Plants

by Allison Wilson, PhD, Jonathan Latham, PhD and Ricarda Steinbrecher, PhD

Oct 2004 Report
36 pages
Genome Scrambling (627.96 KB)
Genome Scrambling (summary) (87.3 KB)
Who’s in Charge?

Daniel Bennett with Helena Paul

For Programme on Corporations, Law and Democracy - Guest Paper - Original paper from 1998

Sep 2004 Briefing
6 pages
Who is in charge? (106.53 KB)
GM-Gene Flow (b)

Horizontal gene transfer of viral inserts from GM plants to viruses

by Jonathan Latham and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Feb 2004 Technical Report
8 pages
Horizontal gene transfer to viruses (129.9 KB)
Hungry Corporations

Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain

by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher with Devlin Kuyek and Lucy Michaels

Zed Books, London & New York

Oct 2003 Book
242 pages
Golden Rice, Patents and Vitamin A Deficiency

by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Excerpt from Hungry Corporations - transnational biotech companies colonize the food chain

Oct 2003 Briefing
4 pages
Golden Rice, Patents and VAD (72.34 KB)
Argentina and GM soya

The Cost of Complying with US Pressure

by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Excerpt from Hungry Corporations - transnational biotech companies colonize the food chain

Oct 2003 Briefing
2 pages
Argentina & GE soy beans (62.98 KB)
The CaMV 35S Promoter

Government and Corporate Scientific Incompetence: Failure to assess the safety of GM crops

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Dec 2002 Briefing
2 pages
CaMV 35S Promoter (65.86 KB)
Patenting Genes

Stifling Research and Jeopardising Healthcare

joint EcoNexus/ GeneWatch publication

Apr 2001 Briefing
4 pages
Patenting Genes (143.75 KB)
Genetic Dialectic

The Biological Politics of Genetically Modified Trees

by Viola Sampson and Larry Lohmann

joint Cornerhouse / EcoNexus publication

Dec 2000 Briefing
12 pages
GE trees: Genetic dialectic (84.81 KB)
Terminator Technology

The Threat to World Food Security

by Ricarda A Steinbrecher and Pat Roy Mooney

The Ecologist

Oct 1998 Article
4 pages