The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
An association under the French law of 1901, Inf’OGM is a citizen watchdog group that examines world news and provides a unique portal for information in French on GMOs, biotechnologies and, since 2013, seeds as well. Inf’OGM summarises, verifies, clarifies, places in context and translates into French all GMO-related news as a ‘public service’. The association feels that, for citizen debate to emerge and to enable the entire society to make informed decisions, information must be made understandable, and diffused. Thus since 1999, Inf’OGM has worked to collect and process information on the GMO situation in France and across the world. The association produces and diffuses critical, independent information and strives to make sure all information is truly transparent.
Inf’OGM feels that technical discussions tend to draw attention away from the social issues involved. Yet current challenges such as the environmental, social and climate crises require a global vision incompatible with technical reductionism, which focuses on resolving short-term problems. The association calls for public authorities to provide truly transparent information, and to make information on GMOs available via an efficient and reliable public service structure.
In the framework of its projects, Inf’OGM continues to develop partnerships. The association is regularly in contact with many civil society actors in France, Europe and across the globe, the political realm (European Commission, European Parliament, EU Council, French and European senators and deputies, ministries, etc.) and agencies that provide technical expertise (AESA, HCB, Anses, etc.). Inf’OGM is and always has been a member of the European GMO information network known as GENET. The association also has a partnership agreement with the Biocoop network.
Inf’OGM has set itself the goal of working toward true transparency in the GMO debate.
The association strives to:
summarise, verify, clarify, place in context and translate into French all GMO-related news in the spirit of a ‘public service’;
give the various citizen movements that resist, question or have doubts about GMOs the building blocks required for real social dialogue, insisting above all on the fact that citizens are capable of making technological choices.
push public authorities to provide transparent information, and to make information on GMOs available via an efficient and reliable public service structure.