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Effort to Lift Terminator Seed Ban

 
Dandasha (not logged in)
02/15/2005 02:15 PM
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Effort to Lift Terminator Seed Ban
15-Feb-2005

From Unknowncountry.com

Sunset for Our Crops?
The Monsanto Corporation, infamous for its efforts to ´corner´ water rights and spread genetically modified foods worldwide, has now embarked once again on a campaign to get international approval for ´terminator´ seeds, which have limited germination potiential, becoming sterile after one or two generations.
When terminator seeds were sold to unwitting Indian farmers, the discovery that their crops could not reseed themselves caused a wave of suicides across the country.

Scientists are concerned that genetic pollution from Terminator crops will lead to killing off a wide range of crops and plants, as Terminator pollen and seeds are spread by the wind, insect pollinators, and commercial seed co-mingling and transportation.

Worldwide experience with the rapid and uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered crops supports this concern, and after an international campaign against terminator seeds in 1998, Monsato withdrew plans to market the seeds.

The UN instituted a global ban but, on Feburay 11, efforts to overturn this ban were introduced at a UN conference in Bangkok. Monsanto´s new effort is backed by the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The spread of terminator genes through the genome will end seed saving, and will mean that food crops will become dependent on the corporate infrastructure that supplies the seeds. Should that infrastructure ever fail, famine would be the result. It is also possible that the genes will enter wild plants, causing them to destroy themselves.

While Monsanto has stated that this will not happen, it was also believed that the introduction of genetically modified corn into Mexico would have no general effect on nonmodified corn species there. This has proved not to be the case, as genetically modified variants are now affecting many, if not most, strains of corn in that country.

To sign a petition against lifting the terminator seed ban, go to Organicconsumers.org.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Thanks for the link.

This I am even more concerned about than climate change.

This is real folks and MUST be stopped.
Shadow
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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"The authors conclude: “The greatest danger of terminator crops stems from the spread of the genes and constructs, not only to related species by out-crossing but by horizontal transfer to unrelated species. The increased complication of the genetically modified constructs involved will only increase structural instability and hence the tendency to horizontal gene transfer and recombination. Transfer of both the terminator gene barnase and the recombinase will have drastic, potentially fatal effects on agriculture and on biodiversity.”"

[link to www.twnside.org.sg]

BUT BY HORIZONTAL TRANSFER TO UNRELATED SPECIES
Arnold
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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I TOLD YOU I WOULD BE BACK!
Dandasha
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Your welcome, AC. Hope everyone goes to the link and signs the petition. I doubt it will carry much weight against the big corporations, but at least we can make our voices heard. This is creepier to me than anything a woo woo has posted. This really could be the end to freedom and life as we know it.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Theo Van Gogh´s death was saddening.


But not as saddening as this:

[link to www.iraqbodycount.net]

Civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq:


Min Max
15941 18200
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Sorry, wrong thread!
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06/29/2019 05:48 AM
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I TOLD YOU I WOULD BE BACK!
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