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.

Title Yearsort ascending Type PDF download Related Topics
UK agricultural research: a different approach is urgently needed

Helena Paul

Jan 2018 Opinion piece
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
PDF icon Steinbrecher & Paul Precaution and NGETs Environment AM 2017.pdf
The Emperor’s New Clothes - 'New Breeding Techniques' and synthetic biology - genetic engineering by another name

Helena Paul, Elisabeth Bücking, Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Apr 2017 Commentary
Synthetic biology: A continuing challenge for the CBD

Helena Paul, Silvia Ribeiro

May 2016
1 page
The corruption of agricultural science

The impacts of GM crops in Argentina

Helena Paul

Jan 2016 Presentation
20 pages
PDF icon corruption-of-agricultural-science-ORFC.pdf
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
PDF icon NBT Briefing - EcoNexus December 2015.pdf
'Climate-Smart Agriculture' - preparing for a corporate soil and climate-grab in Paris?

Helena Paul

Nov 2015 Article
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
PDF icon EU Bioenergy Briefing_0.pdf
Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition


Aug 2015 Open Letter
1 page
PDF icon BioenergyOut-Declaration-and-signatories.pdf
Dr Frances Kelsey: thalidomide and the precautionary principle

Helena Paul & Philip Bereano

Jul 2015 Article
New breeding techniques

Open letter to the European 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
PDF icon New Breeding Techniques - Open Letter 27 Jan 2015-1.pdf
Swords and Ploughshares

Industrial agriculture as warfare and the need for a paradigm shift

Helena Paul

Jun 2014 Essay
Coming to your table?

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

Helena Paul

May 2014 Article
GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

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

EcoNexus & Berne Declaration

Aug 2013 Report
18 pages
PDF icon Agropoly_Econexus_BerneDeclaration_wide-format.pdf, PDF icon Agropoly_Econexus_BerneDeclaration.pdf
A Foreseeable Disaster: The European Union’s agroenergy policies and the global land and water grab

Helena Paul

Jun 2013 Report
40 pages
PDF icon A_Foreseeable_Disaster-HOTL-Agrofuels-July2013.pdf
African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Who benefits, who loses?

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

May 2013 Report
17 pages
PDF icon African_Agricultural_Growth_Corridors_&_New_Alliance_-_EcoNexus_June_2013.pdf
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
PDF icon HLPE biofuels and food security comments.pdf
Business and Biodiversity: A Licence to Operate

Helena Paul

Dec 2012 Article
2 pages
Biotech Companies COMPACTing their responsibilties

Antje Lorch

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

Ocean-fertilisation & Geoengineeiring scheme

Helena Paul

Sep 2012 Article
1 page
Rio+20: Where's the debate about corporate power?

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

Helena Paul

May 2012 Opinion piece
2 pages
Biodiversity should not be expected to earn its living in the market

Helena Paul

Apr 2012 Article
1 page
Biofuels: how many are invasive alien species?

Helena Paul

Apr 2012 Article
1 page
Are we continuing to fuel Biodiversity Loss?

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

CBD Alliance

Mar 2012 Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon cbda_briefing_sbstta16_biofuels.pdf
Engineered to fail?

Climate-related Geoengineering

CBD Alliance

Mar 2012 Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon cbda_briefing_sbstta16_geoengineering.pdf
Why we should continue to oppose the inclusion of agriculture in the climate negotiations

Helena Paul

Feb 2012 Opinion piece
11 pages
PDF icon econexus_oppose-agriculture-in-climate-negotiations.pdf
Potential Impacts of Synthetic Biology on the Biodiversity

The International Civil Society Working Group on Synthetic Biology
Consisting 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

Sep 2011 Submission
54 pages
PDF icon CSOsynbiosubmission_CBD_SBSTTA_synbio.pdf
Synthetic Biology needs urgent attention from the SBSTTA


Sep 2011 Submission
14 pages
PDF icon econexus-synthetic-biology-submission.pdf
Calling the corporations to account

Helena Paul

Aug 2011 Opinion piece
4 pages
Corporations are not human, so why should they have human rights?

Helena Paul

Aug 2011 Opinion piece
6 pages
Objection against the planned Rocpwer biofuel plant

Rocpower ‐ proposed Biofuel Power Generation Plant, Whaley Road, Baraugh Green, Ref 2009/1539

Helena Paul

Jul 2011 Submission
2 pages
PDF icon Rocpower.objection.25.8.2011.pdf
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

Jul 2011 Submission
7 pages
PDF icon Econexus-submission-GM-Wheat-application.pdf
Global Agrofuel Crops as Contested Sustainability Part II: Eco-Efficient Techno-fixes?

Les Levidow, Helena Paul

Jun 2011 Article
Information concerning Innovative Financial Mechanisms (IFMs): Offset Programmes

A submission to the CBD Secretariat concerning decision X/3

Helena Paul & Antje Lorch

Jun 2011 Submission
13 pages
PDF icon Econexus-IFM-submission-X-3-july-2011.pdf
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

May 2011 Submission
3 pages
PDF icon Biofuels.consultation.EcoNexus.2.6.2011.pdf
EU biofuel (agrofuel) target

Helena Paul

May 2011 Update
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

Apr 2011 Article
2 pages
Biochar Knowledge Gaps

Commentary by Helena Paul

Helena Paul

Apr 2011 Commentary
7 pages
Rio+20, the “Green Economy” and the Real Priorities

Helena Paul

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

Helena Paul

Mar 2011 Article
1 page
Finance, targets, green economy and innovative financial mechanisms

Helena Paul & Antje Lorch

Mar 2011 Article
1 page
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
PDF icon Open_letter_GM_misquitos_malaysia.pdf
GM chicken - a solution to bird flu? Jan 2011 Commentary
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
PDF icon Statement_GM_mosquito_malaysia.pdf
El sueño del mercado de carbono: millones de créditos de carbonos por sumideros basados en el uso de la tierra

Econexus y Biofuelwatch

Nov 2010 Briefing
3 pages
PDF icon Carbon Market Dream, PDF icon Sueño del mercado de carbono
The carbon market dream: millions of offsets from land-use “sinks”

Econexus and Biofuelwatch

Nov 2010 Briefing
3 pages
PDF icon LULUCF Handout - Cancun Nov 2010.pdf
Carbon markets – A distraction from the real priority: immediate emission reductions

Helena Paul

Nov 2010 Briefing
4 pages
PDF icon Carbon markets - a distraction _ Nov 2010.pdf
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

Aug 2010 Scientific opinion PDF icon RSt - NRE(S) 609-2-1 submission edDec2010-1.pdf, PDF icon GM mosquitoes announcement.pdf, PDF icon GM mosquitoes factsheet.pdf
Synthetic Biology

Letter to New Scientist

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Jul 2010 Opinion piece
1 page
Global agrofuel crops as contested sustainability, Part I: Sustaining what development?

Les Levidow, Helena Paul

Jun 2010 Article
17 pages
PDF icon global-agrofuel-contested-sustainability1.pdf
Carbon - The New Cash Crop?

Helena Paul

Apr 2010 Article
4 pages
PDF icon ENx Carbon Cash Crop - HP - The Land 2010.pdf
Soy production and certification: the case of Argentinean soy-based biodiesel

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

Mar 2010 Scientific Paper
23 pages
PDF icon soy-production-certification-argentinean-biodiesel.pdf
Global Agrofuel Crops as Dispossession

In: Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-petrol World / Kolya Abramsky ed.

Les Lavidow, Helena Paul

Jan 2010 Chapter
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
PDF icon agriculture-and-soils-in-carbon-trading.pdf
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

Dec 2009 Report
44 pages
PDF icon Agriculture_climate_change_copenhagen_2009.pdf, PDF icon Agriculture_climate_change_copenhagen_2009-summary.pdf, PDF icon Agricultura y Cambio Climatico completo.pdf, PDF icon Agricultura y Cambio Climatico sumario.pdf
Real problems, false solutions

GRAIN's summary of 'Agriculture and Climate Change' report

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

Sep 2009 Article
7 pages
No Idle Threat to the Marginalised

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

Helena Paul

Feb 2009 Article
4 pages
PDF icon Agrofuels_Marginal_Land_Ecologist 2009.pdf
Feed the world?

R. Steinbrecher & A. Lorch

Nov 2008 Article
4 pages
PDF icon 0811_steinbrecher_lorch_ecologist_yields.pdf
Why 'marginal' land does not solve the biofuel problems

by Helena Paul

Aug 2008 Briefing
1 page
Agrofuels and the Myth of the Marginal Lands

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

Aug 2008 Briefing
8 pages
PDF icon agrofuels-myth-marginal-land.pdf
Land-use, Bioenergy and Agro-biotechnology

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

Jul 2008 Technical Report
35 pages
PDF icon Land-use, Bioenergy and Agro-biotechnology - WBGU 2008.pdf
Can sustainability criteria for certification of agrofuels be effective?

Helena Paul

May 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

Apr 2008 Report
30 pages
PDF icon GE-Tree_FGS_2008.pdf
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.

Feb 2008 Technical Briefing
7 pages
PDF icon CBD_SBSSTA13_commentary.pdf
GE Rice

The Genetic Engineering of the World’s Leading Staple Crop

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Dec 2007 Report
24 pages
PDF icon ENx_GE_rice_PAN-AP_2008.pdf
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

Mar 2007 Report
36 pages
PDF icon Agrofuels.pdf
Transformation-induced Mutations in Transgenic Plants

Analysis and Biosafety Implications

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

Dec 2006 Scientific Paper
29 pages
PDF icon ENx-BGER_vol23_2006.pdf
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

Mar 2006 Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon GE-Trees_COP-8_Brief_1.pdf
GURTs: No Case for Field Trials

by EcoNexus and the Federation of German Scientists

Mar 2006 Technical Briefing
4 pages
PDF icon german_scientists_on_SST.pdf
Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Global Warming

UN COP-8 Briefing No. 2

Published by EcoNexus & Global Justice Ecology Project

Mar 2006 Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon COP8.pdf
The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation

by JR Latham, AK Wilson and RA Steinbrecher

Jan 2006 Scientific Paper
7 pages
PDF icon ENx-JBB_2006_mutational_consequence.pdf
V-GURTs (Terminator Technology)

Design, Reality and Inherent Risks

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

Jan 2006 Report
17 pages
PDF icon ENx-CBD-GURTs-2006_0.pdf
V-GURTs (Terminator)

Can it be effective as a biological containment tool?

by Dr. Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

May 2005 Technical Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon ENx_V-GURTs_brief_2005.pdf
Food Security and Food Safety

Assumptions, Technology, Research and Sustainability

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Mar 2005 Presentation
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

Mar 2005 Report
30 pages
PDF icon ENx-Argentina-GE-soya-Summary-2004.pdf, PDF icon ENx-Argentina-GE-Soya-Report-2005.pdf
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.,

Feb 2005 Article
2 pages
PDF icon ENx_Interview_Thai_Rice_Farmer_05.pdf
Genome Scrambling – Myth or Reality?

Transformation-Induced Mutations in Transgenic Crop Plants

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

Sep 2004 Report
36 pages
PDF icon ENx-Genome-Scrambling-Summary.pdf, PDF icon ENx-Genome-Scrambling-Report.pdf
Who’s in Charge?

Daniel Bennett with Helena Paul

Aug 2004 Briefing
6 pages
PDF icon ENx-Who-is-in-charge-B-2004.pdf
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
PDF icon Horizontal-Genes-virus-2004.pdf
Hungry Corporations

Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain

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

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

by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Sep 2003 Briefing
4 pages
PDF icon ENx-Golden-Rice-HC-2003.pdf
Argentina and GM soya

The Cost of Complying with US Pressure

by Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher

Sep 2003 Briefing
2 pages
PDF icon ENx-Argentina-GM-soya-HC-2003.pdf
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
PDF icon ENx-CaMV-35S-Promoter-B-2002.pdf
Ecological Consequences of Genetic Engineering

by Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

Mar 2001 Chapter
14 pages
Golden Rice - Is this the way to solve malnutrition?

Lorch A.

Mar 2001 Article
4 pages
Patenting Genes

Stifling Research and Jeopardising Healthcare

joint EcoNexus/ GeneWatch publication

Mar 2001 Briefing
4 pages
PDF icon ENx-GW-Patententing-Genes-2001.pdf
Genetic Dialectic

The Biological Politics of Genetically Modified Trees

by Viola Sampson and Larry Lohmann

Dec 2000 Briefing
12 pages
PDF icon Cornerhouse-21gmtree.pdf
Terminator Technology

The Threat to World Food Security

by Ricarda A Steinbrecher and Pat Roy Mooney

Oct 1998 Article
4 pages
Arguments against a proposed programme of work on agriculture under the UNFCCC’s scientific advice committee (SBSTA) Commentary
Corporations at Rio+20