Noticias e atualizacoes
Abril 17, 2009
Março 3, 2009
New Democratic Party (NDP): RIGHTS OF CANADIAN FARMERS SHOULD COME FIRST
Atamanenko re-introduces Private Members Bill to ban terminator seed technology
OTTAWA –NDP’s Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior) re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill from the last parliament yesterday to ban ‘terminator seed technology’ in Canada.
“The only goal of “Terminator” is to make sure that farmers are forced to buy new seed each season,” stated Atamanenko. “This is a technology where plants with a built in suicide characteristic will still have the ability to cross pollinate with neighbouring crops of the same species and wreak havoc on farmers who haven’t even planted them.”
Bill C-353, the Terminator Seed Ban Act, is designed to protect the right of Canadian farmers to save and re-use seeds by banning the release, sale, importation and use of Variety Genetic Use Restriction Technologies (V-GURTs). More commonly known as “Terminator”, these seeds are genetically engineered to be sterile after the first harvest. The promoters of this technology do not make the claim that there will be any agronomic benefits to farmers.
“We share the conviction that Canada should join the ranks of countries like India and Brazil, whose governments have already legislated bans on this technology in order to protect their farmers,” said Atamanenko.
“Our government needs to make the commitment to our farmers and to the international community that terminator seeds will not be allowed to take root in Canada,”
Since 2005, the federal government has been working against global consensus on banning “Terminator”. It does not recognize the current moratorium and says it will assess the technology on a case-by-case basis – a position which has been rejected by the U.N Convention on Biodiversity.
“The international community would rejoice if Canada were to pass this law. We have an opportunity to bring the world a major step closer to eliminating this detestable technology,” concluded Atamanenko. “I urge Canadians to appeal to the government to support this legislation.”
Impactos Potenciais da Technologia Terminator na Produção Agricola: Depoimentos de Agricultores Brasileiros
Abril 3, 2008
Angela Cordeiro, Julian Perez, Maria José Guazzelli
Florianópolis, dezembro de 2007
Pesquisa contratada ao Centro Ecológico pelo Grupo ETC
Setembro 13, 2007
Tecnologia que esteriliza sementes é ameaça à agricultura familiar e aos costumes tradicionais
Setembro 7, 2007
No passado, várias corporações multinacionais de sementes se comprometeram a não comercializar sementes Terminator – mas, sem surpresa, há uma intensa pressão da indústria para revogar a lei nacional brasileira que proíbe sementes suicidas. O projeto de lei número 268 (2007) no Congresso Brasileiro propõe:
- permitir a pesquisa, o registro e o patenteamento de tecnologia de semente estéril;
- permitir a comercialização de plantas Terminator que sejam geneticamente engenheiradas para produzirem fármacos e químicos idustriais;
- dar uma nova definição à tecnologia de restrição de uso genético;
- dar uma nova definição às plantas GM engenheiradas para produzirem fármacos e químicos industriais
Junho 13, 2007
ETC Group News Release
13 June 2007 www.etcgroup.org
Suicide-Seed Sequel: EU's "Transcontainer" Turns Terminator into Zombie
ETC Group today releases "Terminator: The Sequel," a Communique reporting on new research related to "suicide seeds" and other genetically modified (GM) seed technologies that pose unacceptable threats to farmers, biodiversity and food sovereignty.
Junho 1, 2007
On June 1, 2007 the United States Justice Department gave the green light for Monsanto's $1.5 billion takeover of the world's largest cotton seed company, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL) -- the US company that developed and patented the world’s first Terminator seed technology.
Maio 31, 2007
News Release, ETC Group, www.etcgroup.org
May 31, 2007
A bill to prohibit field testing and commercialization of Terminator seed technology was introduced in the Canadian Parliament today. Terminator refers to plants that are genetically engineered to render sterile seeds at harvest – a technology that aims to maximize seed industry profits by preventing farmers from re-planting harvested seed.
“Canada needs to pass this bill into law because genetic seed sterilization is dangerous and blatantly anti-farmer – suicide seeds threaten to intensify corporate control over Canadian agriculture and offers no benefits for farmers,” said Colleen Ross of the National Farmers Union.
Initially developed by the US Department of Agriculture and multinational seed companies, “suicide seeds” have not been commercialized anywhere in the world due to an avalanche of opposition from farmers, indigenous peoples, civil society and some governments. In 2000, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity recommended a de facto moratorium on field-testing and commercial sale of Terminator seeds; the moratorium was re-affirmed in 2006. India and Brazil have already passed national laws to prohibit the technology.
“Canada has led a behind-the-scenes push to undermine the United Nations moratorium,” points out Pat Mooney, Executive Director of the Ottawa-based ETC Group, “so it’s time the Canadian Government listened to the people.”
“Researchers are continuing to develop and win patents on Terminator because seed sterility is simply too lucrative for industry to abandon,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
“A national law to prohibit the technology is the only way to insure that Terminator is never commercialized in Canada. The Government of Canada must show its commitment to the international community and not bow to industry pressure,” said Sharratt.
For further information:
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, tel: +1 613 241 2267 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope Shand, ETC Group, tel: +1 919 960 5223 email: email@example.com
Abril 5, 2007
The National Black Farmers Association is calling on its 66,000 members to launch a nationwide boycott of agricultural giant Monsanto to protest a proposed a $1.5 billion merger by the company that would reduce competition and crush small farmers.
Fevereiro 22, 2007
A new report from the Center for Food Saftety unconditionally opposes the merger of Monsanto and Delta & Pine Land, noting that it would increase chances for the introduction of the internationally-condemned sterile seed technology known as “Terminator.” (www.centerforfoodsafety.org)