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Luleå Initiative on Biosafety and Consumer
People from different parts of the World, with different roles in society
and from different professions, gathered together in Luleå, Sweden
from February 19 – 21, 1999 for the ”Dolly and the Bean” Conference
on Understanding Biotechnology in Broader Contexts. The following Declaration
was agreed by the undersigned participants, in our common roles as citizens
We are concerned about
We therefore call for
The increasing and rapid commercialization of science.
The decrease in independent public research.
The epidemic of patenting of life forms.
The lack of transparancy in corporate science.
The lack of risk analysis by civil society and independent scientists.
The lack of dialogue between business and corporate scientists on one side,
and on the other side civil society and public science.
The lack of real influence by citizens in decision making bodies.
The implications of the upcoming World Trade Organisation negotiations
on food safety.
Strengthening independent public research on biosafety and risk
No patents on life - as patents restrict knowledge exchange as well
as limit competition and free trade.
Complete and comprehensive labelling on GMO foods to ensure
consumers their democratic right to choose.
We, the undersigned participants, support the Lule Declaration:
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