Mar del Plata Declaration

October 19, 1988

At the 12th Scientific Conference of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, that took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, November 16th-19th 1998, more than 600 delegates from over 60 countries voted unanimously a declaration against the use of genetically modified organisms in food production and agriculture.     

We, the undersigned participants at the 12th Scientific Conference of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) at Mar del Plata, Argentina, call on governments and regulatory agencies throughout the world to immediately ban the use of genetic engineering in agriculture and food production since it involves:

  • Unacceptable threats to human health
  • Negative and irreversible environmental impacts
  • Release of organisms of an unrecallable nature
  • Removal of the right of choice, both for farmers and consumers
  • Violation of farmers' fundamental property rights and endangerment of their economic independence
  • Practices, which are incompatible with the principles of sustainable agriculture as defined by IFOAM


Signed by: Dr. Vandana Shiva (India), Hervé La Prairie (Outgoing IFOAM President, France), Linda Bullard (Incoming IFOAM President, USA/Belgium), Gunnar Rundgren (Incoming IFOAM Vice-President, Sweden), Gerald Hermann (IFOAM Treasurer, Germany), Pipo Lernoud, (Conference Coordinator, Argentina), Guillermo Schnitman, (MAPO President, Argentina)