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Pat Roy Mooney

Canadian environmentalist
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Date of birth
Awards Right Livelihood Award
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Pat Roy Mooney, for more than thirty years, has worked with civil society organisations on international trade and development issues related to agriculture, biodiversity and new technologies. Mooney has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies. The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Pat Mooney received the Right Livelihood Award with Cary Fowler in the Swedish Parliament in 1985. In 1998 Mooney received the Pearson Medal of Peace from Canada’s Governor General. He also received the American "Giraffe Award" given to people "who stick their necks out". Pat Mooney has no university training, but is widely regarded as an authority on agricultural biodiversity and new technology issues.

Together with Cary Fowler and Hope Shand, Pat Mooney began working on the "seeds" issue in 1977. In 1984, the three co-founded RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), whose name was changed to ETC Group (pronounced "etcetera" group) in 2001. ETC Group is a small international CSO addressing the impact of new technologies on vulnerable communities. Mooney’s more recent work has focused on geoengineering, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and global governance of these technologies as well as corporate involvement in their development. ETC has offices in Canada, the United States, and Mexico; and works closely with CSO partners around the world.


He is a father of five.

Writings (selection)

  • Seeds of the Earth: A Private or Public Resource?, Food First Books,1983,
  • Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, University of Arizona Press, 1990, ISBN 0-8165-1181-0
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