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Subject: GMO Updates #9: Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 03:12:06 -0500
From: [log in to unmask] (jean hudon)
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THIS NEWS INFO BELOW IS REALLY UPSETTING BECAUSE WE ALL THOUGHT
WOLRDWIDE PROTESTS AGAINST THE TERMINATOR TECHNOLOGY HAD SUCCEEDED
IN DEFINITLEY PUTTING AN END TO IT. WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO BY
MONSANTO - NOW CHANGING NAME TO "PHARMACIA" - WHICH IS THE WORST HYDRA
THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000
From: Mark Graffis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track
EarthVision Reports - 03/24/00
SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2000 - A report released by the Rural
Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) reveals that
and Traitor technology are riding a fast track to
Terminator technology, the genetic engineering of plants to
sterile seeds, is universally considered the most morally
application of agricultural biotechnology, since over 1.4 billion
people depend on farm-saved seeds. Traitor technology, also known
genetic use restriction technology (GURTs), refers to the use of
external chemical to switch on or off a plant's genetic traits.
"We've continued right on with work on the Technology Protection
System [Terminator]. We never really slowed down. We're on target,
moving ahead to commercialize it. We never really backed off."
Harry Collins, Delta & Pine Land Seed Co., January, 2000
"After Monsanto and AstraZeneca publicly vowed not to
terminator seeds in 1999, governments and civil society
were lulled into thinking that the crisis had passed. Nothing
further from the truth," said RAFI's Executive Director Pat
"Despite mounting opposition from national governments and United
Nations' agencies, research on Terminator and Traitor (genetic
control) is moving full speed ahead."
According to RAFI, Delta & Pine Land, the world's largest cotton
company, is moving aggressively to commercialize Terminator. And
despite massive protests, the US Department of Agriculture
and defends its anti-farmer patent and research on suicide seeds.
Last year, AstraZeneca conducted field trials on genetic trait
technology (Traitor technology) in the UK. According to industry
sources, it is not the first company to conduct field tests of
RAFI's report concludes that corporate commitments to disavow
Terminator are virtually meaningless in light of the pace of
takeovers. Monsanto and AstraZeneca have each merged with other
companies since they pledged not to commercialize suicide seeds.
* On December 2, 1999 Novartis and AstraZeneca announced they
spin-off and merge their agrochemical and seed divisions to create
the world's biggest agribusiness corporation -- to be named
* On December 19, 1999 Monsanto announced that it will merge with
drug industry giant Pharmacia & Upjohn to create a new company,
named Pharmacia, with combined annual sales of $17 billion.
The Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf recently declared his opposition
Terminator. In publicly rejecting Terminator, FAO's Diouf has come
the defense of the 1.4 billion people who depend upon farm-saved
for their survival.
Among the national governments that have announced their intention
oppose Terminator technology are Panama, India, Ghana, and Uganda.
India, one of the first governments to publicly reject Terminator,
explicitly prohibits Terminator genes in a draft bill now before
Indian Parliament. Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Cletus Avoka,
says that his government will not tolerate the use of Terminator
technology. Panama's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries writes
that his government "will adopt measures to prohibit the specific
as well as the technology in general." Ugandan officials have said
that their government is discussing measures to outlaw Terminator
the highest levels of government.
Terminator and Traitor technologies are not limited to a single
patent, nor is the research confined to one or two companies.
Pine Land is currently the high-profile crusader for Terminator,
the goal of genetic trait control is industry-wide. According to
over 30 patents are collectively held by the multinational
agrochemical firms that dominate the field of biotechnology.
According to RAFI, the future of Terminator/Traitor Technology
with national governments and multinational corporations. The
pressure points for political action are, first and foremost, with
governments around the world. Second, pressure should be applied
key international fora such as through the BioSafety Protocol at
Convention on Biological Diversity, and intellectual property
negotiations at the World Trade Organization.
Entitled Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track, the new RAFI
available on RAFI's website http://www.rafi.org.
Source/contact: RAFI International Office, 110 Osborne Street,
202, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 1Y5 Canada; phone (204) 453-5259; fax
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