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Forum on global technology, agriculture and power

  • Subject: [cg] Forum on global technology, agriculture and power
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 14:44:38 -0800 (PST)

ETC Group: Technology Trends: Invitation to ETC Group
workshops at  the World Social Forum,  Porto Alegre
(Brazil) 26th - 30th January 2005

Technology Trends: ETC Group Workshops on New
Technologies, Agriculture
and Corporate Power at World Social Forum, Porto
Alegre (Brazil) 26th
-30th January 2005

It's the worlds biggest Jamboree of grassroots social
action and new
ideas. Once again ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion,
Technology and
Concentration) will be hosting and speaking at various
events at the
World Social Forum (Porto Alegre Brazil 26th-30th
Jan). Our workshops
aim to empower Social Movements and Civil Society to
identify and
resist the damage from the new waves of corporate
technologies and
industrial concentration breaking globally across
society. We will be
providing workshops addressing concerns stretching
from nanotechnology,
genomics and human enhancement technologies to new
forms of Biopiracy
(theft of cultural and genetic resources by the gene
giants) as well as
sharing the celebration of the ongoing defence of
biodiversity and food
sovereignty by indigenous and small farmers. As well
as hosting four
events of our own, ETC researchers will also be
speaking at events
arranged by others throughout the five days of the
Social Forum (see
details below) and you can visit us on our stall at
the Social Forum to
pick up ETC publications or have a chat.

Please do come join us at the following events:

"Brave New World: Converging Technologies at the
Nano-scale 28th
January, 8.30am-11.00. Room F101

"Down on the Farm: The Impact of Nano-scale
Technologies on Food  and
Agriculture" 29th January, 12.00pm - 15.00. Room:

"Genomics, Nanotechnology  and the Myth of Human
Enhancement" 29th January 15.30pm - 18h30. Room: J102.

"New Enclosures and the New Faces of Biopiracy" 30th
January 15.30pm -
18.30  - Room B201.

"Rocking the Boat - again: Global campaign against
Craig Venter's
Biopiracy expedition" - (contact ETC and Centro
Ecologico for time and

***see below for full details of these events and also
any changes at
http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br ***

*********Other Events at the World Social Forum 2005
at which ETC
researchers will be speaking:

- "Panel on New Technologies and neoliberal models for
Hosted by Via Campesina and Brazil Landless
Movement/MST 26th January,
8.30am-12.30 Tesourinha

- "Neoliberal practices of the merchandisation of
science" Hosted by
Fondation Sciences Citoyennes and others inc ETC
Group. 28th January,
8.30am - 11.00 - Room A105100 (this may be changed to
29th January 8.30
- 11.00 room A105100)

- "New Technologies for a possible new world: Is
nanotechnology a
solution?" - a Debate. Hosted by Network Renanosoma,
Federation of Sao Paulo (SINSESP), University of Sao
Paulo 28th
January, 12.00pm - 18.30 Room A101.

- "Strategies to Dismantle the Power of TNCs" Hosted
by Focus on Global
South with a wide range of CSOs, including ETC Group
29th January,
12.00pm - 18.30 Room I103

- "Farmers Biodiversity" (workshop and exhibition)
Hosted by Via
Campesina Seed Campaign/CLOC/ CBDC and others 29th
January, 8.00am -
12.30 - venue tba.

- "The What Next Project" Hosted by Dag Hammarskjold
Foundation, 30th
January, 12.00pm - 15.00 -  Room H104

- "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S.
Uses Globalization
to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions" Hosted by
Dag Hammarskjold
Foundation and Focus on Global South 30th January,
12.00pm - 15.00 -
room I603

The following ETC researchers will be at WSF2005: Pat
Mooney, Silvia
Ribeiro, Jim Thomas, Kathy Jo Wetter and Veronica
Villa. ETC can be
reached in Porto Alegre at Continental Hotel tel (51)
30 27 1900, by
email etc@etcgroup.org or by cellphone: Silvia Ribeiro
+52 55 2653
3330, Pat Mooney +1 613 261 0688, Jim Thomas +44 7752

We look forward to seeing you at the forum...

The ETC Group


Full Details of ETC's Workshops at WSF2005:

"Brave New World: Converging Technologies at the
Nano-scale" Hosted by
ETC Group, Amigos de la Tierra America Latina y
Caribe, FOEI (Friends
of the Earth international) and Dag Hammarskjold
Foundation 28th
January 8.30am - 11.00 - Room: F101. While peoples'
movements, CSOs and
communities throughout the world are still trying to
grasp the
implications of genetic engineering for their lives, a
series of new
and powerful technologies is rapidly emerging and
converging at the
nano-scale. (A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter,
the scale of
atoms and molecules.) These technologies include
nanobiotechnology, genomics, robotics and information
technologies. New
nano-engineered materials look set to replace natural
commodities (eg
metals, rubber and cotton), with  a profound impact on
all sectors of
the economy and emerging novel environmental and
health hazards.  Other
concerns such as the increased ability for social
control and
surveillance, new nanoweaponry and human improvement
technologies that
eradicate human difference should be raising alarm in
civil society.
This workshop will present the realities of this new
set of
technologies and discuss the consequences of their
Languages: English/Portuguese/Spanish

"Down on the Farm: The Impact of Nano-scale
Technologies on Food  and
Agriculture" Hosted by ETC Group and Dag Hammarskjold
Foundation 29th
January 12.00pm - 15.00pm   - Room: F209. After the
Green revolution
and the Gene revolution here comes the Tiny revolution
- New powerful
technologies developed at the scale of atoms and
molecules, such as
nanotechnology, biotechnology, genomics, robotics and
technologies are converging to create new materials,
enclosures and control mechanisms that will once again
agriculture and food systems pushing them further
towards a an
industrial corporate model of production and removing
the need for
farmers. Nanomaterials, Nanopesticides, nanobiotech
seeds, nanosensors,
nanofood and new breeding technologies will have
profound impacts on
all sectors of rural economies, (e g by replacing
agriculture commodities with new 'nano-engineered
goods) and pose new
potential environmental and health hazards while
increasing control by
over the food chain by technology corporations.

"Genomics, Nanotechnology  and the Myth of Human
Enhancement" Hosted by ETC Group and Dag Hammarskjold
Foundation 29th
January 15.30pm - 18.30  - Room: J102 Genomics,
together with other
converging new technologies such as nanotechnology,
promises to cure
diseases and "enhance human performance".  In the
current dominant
trend of commodification of all aspects of life,
everything and
everybody can be "improved"  to increase consumption
of corporate
products or enhance military power. Drugs targeted for
racial groups is one of the many problematic aspect of
research as are eugenic attempt to elimate the
disabled and diverse.
Languages: English/Portuguese.

"New Enclosures and the New Faces of Biopiracy" Hosted
by ETC Group and
Dag Hammarskjold Foundation January 30th 15.30pm -
18.30 - Room: B201
The privatization of biological resources and related
knowledge through
intellectual property regimes is called biopiracy/
Even with a "lost
decade" of international and national legal
regulations that disguise
it, new technologies such as genomics and
nanobiotechnology are being
used to develop new forms of appropiation of the
commons. At the same
time, corporations are developing new mechanisms to
secure monopoly
control of biotechnology and other emerging
technologies. These new
mechanisms - what ETC Group refers to as New
Enclosures - supplement or
even replace intellectual property as a means of
corporate monopolies. In this workshop we will assess
the state of
biopiracy - a decade after the Convention on
Biological Diversity
(CBD), and the different ways of privatizing the
commons, including
control technologies (aka Terminator technology),
contracts, national
government royalty-collecting schemes and satellite
Languages: English/Portuguese.

"Rocking the Boat (again): Global campaign against
Craig Venter's
Biopiracy expedition around the world" Hosted by
Centro Ecologico
(Brazil) and ETC Group 27th January - contact ETC and
Centro Ecologico
for more details. A meeting to develop a common global
campaign to
monitor, denounce and prevent one of the largest
biopiracy projects of
all times, with far reaching implications. Craig
Venter, the genomics
mogul who led the private initiative to map and
commercialise the human
genome, has now embarked with his lab-yacht, "Sorcerer
II", on a global
expedition to collect the microbial diversity of
world's megadiverse
seas. This enterprise is financed by US Department of
Energy as part of
a larger project to create new artificial nanobiotech
lifeforms for
energy production. Languages: English/Portuguese/Spanish

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