About Us

BioSafety Alliance: Who We Are and What We Do

Red Corn

The Biosafety Alliance is a cross-sector, multilevel and inter-ethnic alliance of individuals and organizations working together to engage in broad outreach around genetically modified (GMO) food issues. We bring together strategic coalitions of diverse stakeholders to advocate for a GMO free food supply and push for a shift from an industrial food model to one of local resilience. GMOs symbolize a corrupted industrial food system and are a key issue to target.

Our vision is to expand our coalition to include additional groups who have not traditionally acknowledged the issues of GMOs as a central theme. Some of these issues include health, biodiversity, food sovereignty, social justice, environmental issues and corporate consolidation. We feel it is important to create a forum in which a broad coalition can come together to address these issues in order to facilitate a systemic shift in the current food system.

Oaxaca Maize

We focus on developing sustainable collaborations with diverse stakeholders — activists, farmers, health workers, scientists, religious leaders, policymakers and consumers — who want a healthy, socially just and environmentally sustainable society. We bring people and organizations together to share their knowledge and experiences. We work to promote dialogue between those who are less informed and involved with GMO issues with those who have worked extensively on these issues. Through fostering discussion, we work to organize cooperation among various groups and individuals to push for local, regional and statewide legal frameworks that label GMOs and create GMO free zones. We see the labeling of GMOs and creation of GMO free zones as incredibly important steps to shift away from the corporate food system. We encourage the mobilization of the grassroots level through linking organizations to the people. We work to consistently broaden networks, encourage dialogue through organized meetings and conferences and work to foster more cohesion in the GMO movement.

Key Objectives

  • Build coalitions and cross-sector collaboration among various groups and develop networks of members to devise and implement policies around GMOs from labeling to GMO free zones.
  • Encourage local action around the issue through engagement with governments for legislation and policies on food that provide for the right to know and/or GMO free zones.
  • Create events for collaborative gathering and community building.
  • Build knowledge and strategic resistance.