[PHNUTR-L] Monsanto May Commercialize Terminator - Biotech Giant
on Sterile Seed Technology as Global Alliance Calls for a Ban
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
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Sat Feb 25 07:37:36 PST 2006
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Monsanto May Commercialize Terminator - Biotech Giant Revises Pledge on
Sterile Seed Technology as Global Alliance Calls for a Ban
MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Monsanto, the world's largest seed and
agbiotech company, made a public promise in 1999 not to commercialize
'Terminator Technology' - plants that are genetically engineered to produce
sterile seeds. Now Monsanto says it may develop or use the so-called
seeds' after all. The revised pledge from Monsanto now suggests that it
use Terminator seeds in non-food crops and does not rule out other uses of
Terminator in the future. Monsanto's modified stance comes to light as the
biotech and seed industry confront peasant and farmer movements, Indigenous
peoples and their allies in an escalating battle at the United Nations over
the future of Terminator.
In 2000 the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
adopted a de facto moratorium on sterile seed technologies, also known as
Genetic Use Restriction Technologies (GURTs). But at next month's high-level
meeting of the CBD in Curitiba, Brazil (20-31 March 2006) the biotechnology
industry will intensify its push to undermine the six-year old de facto
In response, over 300 organizations today declared their support for a
global ban on Terminator Technology, asserting that sterile seeds threaten
biodiversity and will destroy the livelihoods and cultures of the 1.4
people who depend on farm-saved seed.
"The world's farmers cannot trust Monsanto," said Stewart Wells,
President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) of Canada "Monsanto's broken
promise is a deadly betrayal because Indigenous peoples and farmers
seed saving for food security."
The Ban Terminator campaign today announces the names of over 300
organizations worldwide that are demanding a ban on Terminator
list of organizations and other background materials are available at
"We are alarmed that Monsanto's edited pledge no longer rejects
commercialization of this dangerous technology." said Lucy Sharratt of the
international Ban Terminator Campaign. "We are calling on national
to dismiss Monsanto's tactic in favour of an all-out ban on Terminator. We
invite all civil society and social movements to join with us for the battle
against Terminator next month in Brazil."
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