Gene Drives are perhaps one of the most dangerous environmental application of genetic engineering ever developed.

Enabled by a new tool for genetic engineering called CRISPR/Cas, sexually reproducing animals and plants can be genetically manipulated in a way as to pass on a new trait to all their offspring – even if this trait proves to be fatal for them. This overrides the natural rules of evolution. This mechanism is then repeated independently in each new generation, resulting in a risky and uncontrollable genetic chain reaction.

Gene Drive Organisms are supposed to replace or even exterminate their conspecifics in nature. Their future release could have unforeseeable and irreversible consequences for ecosystems and food webs. In the worst case, this could lead to further species extinction and the collapse of entire ecosystems, as well as endangering human health and food security.

Save Our Seeds calls for a ban on the environmental release of gene drive organisms in Germany, Europe and worldwide! Help us stop gene drives, by signing our petition.

Survey: EU citizens reject genetic engineering of wild species with Gene Drives

An alliance of European NGOs commissioned a representative opinion poll to determine how the European population evaluates gene drive technologyand how well known the issue is.The response of a majority of citizens in eight European countries is: “No, the risks are too high”. This first opinion poll on the subject shows high levels of opposition to and very low levels of support for the use of gene drive technology in the environment.

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Become a campaign ambassador

In order to inform people across Germany about gene drives, which have so far received little attention in the media, we need your help! Get trained as an advocate for our campaign. We offer online training that enables you to introduce others to the topic.

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