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We hope you have been holding up well during this crisis and that you and your loved ones are healthy physically, mentally and finacially.
CSS had to postpone its planned eventseries on technofixing and climate change. We have used the time in corona crisis not only to organise five webinars on gene drives (more info below) but as well to implement a fresh look to our Newsletter and to implement a CSS Newsfeed newsfeed on agriculture and climate crisis (for which you can register below).
We wish you good health and a good time
The CSS secretaries
Andreas & Tamara
Table of content Genedrive Webinars | CSS Newsfeed on agriculture and climate crisis | Discussion Round on Critical Science | Paper on GMO regulation by A. Hilbeck | Statement on Corona signed by some of our members | Interview with E. Mitchell on chlorothalonil
1. Gene Drive Webinars
4 June | 10 June | 12 June | 16 June.
Almost exactly one year ago CSS organized a symposium and published a report on Gene Drives together with ENSSER and VDW. Together with Sciences Citoyennes, the old partners organize five webinars on that important topic for free.
Main focus agriculture & climate crisis | every Saturday
Daniel Langmeier, agronomist by training, has been publishing already for a long time a newsfeed for his friends and other peers. We are very grateful that Daniel has started a few weeks ago to publish this newsfeed together with CSS. It is written mainly in German and is sent out every Saturday. For a preview of already sent newsfeeds press the archive button below.
If you would like to receive those selected news and scientific papers on the above topics, you can either register here or send us an email. For a preview you can check the Newsfeed Archive.
If you stumble upon interesting papers and the like or if you want to start your own CSS Newsfeed with a different main focus you can write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time to take the ecological crisis seriously
A collective of 120 scientists, including our chair, Prof. Rasmann (UNINE), our board member Dr. Hilbeck (ETHZ) and several other CSS-members, signed a statement pointing out the relationship between pandemics and the destruction of ecosystems.
How EFSA’s guidance on risk assessments of GMOs is bound to fail
20 April 2020 | Hilbeck, Wynne et al. in Environ Sci Eur 32, 54 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-020-00325-6
A new publication by CSS and ENSSER members has been published by the open access journal Environmental Sciences Europe. The article explains why and how EFSA’s GMO panel fails to satisfy the objectives of the EU’s GMO regulation and outlines a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to risk assessment.
12 May 2020 | RTS interview with Prof. Edward Mitchell (UNINE) | French
The fungicide chlorothalonil is prohibited in Swiss agriculture since 2020. The Federal Office for the Environment has found that the concentrations of several chlorothalonil metabolites exceed the maximum threshold value of 0.1 microgram/liter in the groundwater over a large area of the Swiss Plateau and thus lead to considerable contamination. RTS asked CSS member Prof. Edward Mitchell (UNINE) in an 4min interview about the consequences of this contamination.