Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 2012-A013
Title: Study the Impact of Genetically Modified Crops and Organisms
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Substituted
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention seek to inform the Church of the issues surrounding the development of genetically engineered crop plants and the patenting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by requesting that the Presiding Bishop, in consultation with the President of the House of Deputies, establish a volunteer task force consisting of fifteen members including scientists, ethicists, advocates, clergy, farmers, advisors on population health, and others active in agriculture and development, with the charge to study and report recommendations to Executive Council and to the 78th General Convention to help guide church public policy advocacy concerning genetically modified crops and organisms, recommendations that weigh the following factors as well as others deemed critical by the task force:

(a) food security, biodiversity, and sustainability of yields;

(b) environmental degredation, including levels of pesticide usage;

(c) health, nutrition and disease, including potential creation of new plant, animal and human pathogens; and

(d) potential monopolization and trade inequities; and be it further

Resolved, That in commissioning such study, the 77th General Convention intend to empower the 78th General Convention to take action toward developing policy that will allow the Office of Government Relations to address these issues as they relate to Congressional farm bills and other federal policy or legislation; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention seek to empower with information those organizations of The Episcopal Church that strive to address equity and social justice in matters such as global economic development, the environment, sustainable agriculture, health, and nutrition; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention encourage individual Episcopalians to seek to undertake study about GMOs and reflection upon the theology and stewardship of creation; to learn about the influence both domestic and globally of GMOs upon agriculture, economic development, the environment, alleviation of hunger, and biodiversity.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, 2012 (New York: General Convention, 2012), p. 288.