Earth Open Source is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainability, security, and safety of the global food system.
We support agroecological, farmer-based systems that conserve soil, water, and energy and that produce healthy and nutritious food free from unnecessary toxins. We challenge the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizer and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture on the grounds of the scientifically proven hazards that they pose to health and the environment and because of the negative social and economic impacts of these technologies. We believe that our crop seeds and food system are common goods that belong in the hands of farmers and citizens, not of the GMO and chemical industry.
Earth Open Source has established three lines of action, each of which fulfils a specific aspect of our mission:
- Science and policy platform
- Scientific research
- Sustainable rural development.
Science and policy
Because the quality of our food supply is intimately connected with political and regulatory decisions, for example, on pesticides and GMOs, Earth Open Source functions as a science and policy platform to provide input to decision-makers on issues related to the safety, security and sustainability of our food system.
We have authored and co-authored several reports that have had impact internationally:
- GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of GM crops
- Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?
- GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?
- Conflicts on the menu: A decade of industry influence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- Europe’s pesticide and food safety regulators – Who do they work for?
Scientific research and sustainable rural development
We have laboratory and field research projects under way on several continents. We have farmer-led agricultural development projects ongoing in Asia. Details will be released as these projects come to fruition.
Earth Open Source is funded by private foundations and individual donors. During the year 2012-13 EOS received funding from the Isvara Foundation, a progressive trust that works to halt socially and environmentally destructive policies.
To continue our work, we need your support. Please donate: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/donate
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