Agricultural Biotech
Cancer / Genetics
Safe Pregnancy
Critical Habitat
Assessing Risk

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CETOS Mission

CETOS is committed to protecting vulnerable populations from harmful toxicants, and to assure a toxic-free world for our children and our children's children.

Our Perspective

  • We have an imperative to contain environmental toxins that endanger vulnerable populations including children, species, and future generations.
  • The level of worldwide toxic contamination results from human activities that benefit few at the expense of many.
  • Unfettered intensified agricultural systems have reshaped the genetic makeup of our foodstuffs without adequate review and potentially disrupt the genetic integrity of traditional crop varieties, ecological biodiversity, and the staples of indigenous peoples without their consent.
  • Biomedicine is intervening in the genetic makeup of future human generations without firm guidelines or assurances against misuse of DNA technology.

Our Commitment

  1. We will expand the medical principle of Non-Harming to assure no one - and no endangered species is exposed to toxic substances at hazardous levels.
  2. We will reduce existing risks to human health and endangered species.
  3. We will work towards minimizing gene-damaging and cancer-causing chemicals.

Our Achievements

We've recently completed two books on agricultural biotechnology:

Against the Grain
Engineering the Farm
Against the Grain
(Common Courage Press, 1998)
Engineering the Farm
(Island Press, 2002)

We've completed three projects on toxic substances: one with the March of Dimes to identify high risk chemicals during pregnancy, a second with the Forest Stewardship Council to reduce and in some instances eliminate pesticides during logging; and a third for the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the risks to endangered species posed by pesticide exposure.

We continue to be active on the Proposition 65 front, assisting in developing risk assessments, and doing basic toxicological consulting.

Our Current Work

  1. Safe Pregnancy Project - to reduce toxic risks to fetuses and newborns and to diminish the intergenerational risk from environmental toxicants,

  2. Genetic Integrity Cancer Protection Project - to examine our obligations to protect the genetic makeup of diverse species, and

  3. Critical Habitat Project - to promote ecological health and biodiversity of species by reducing pesticide use within critical habitat areas and encouraging sustainable and less toxic alternatives.