Biotech companies, including the largest agrichemical corporations—Bayer-Monsanto, Syngenta, and BASF—are developing genetically engineered (GE) microbes (bacteria, viruses and fungi) for use in agriculture. The first of these products are already being used across millions of acres of U.S. farmland. The release of live GE microbes in agriculture represents an unprecedented open-air genetic experiment. (Item 1)

A new report on GE microbes details a range of ecological, human health and socioeconomic risks, from the rare but potentially disastrous risk of creating an invasive species or novel human pathogen to the potential for agrichemical corporations to use patents on GE microbes to further entrench their ownership over life and the food system.

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