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terminator seed

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(Agriculture) a seed that produces sterile plants, used in some genetically modified crops so that a new supply of seeds has to be bought every year
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It has sometimes been difficult to find clear answers to questions such as "are we eating the products of GM in the UK?" and "was 'terminator technology' ever used?"
They didn't pay much attention to the fact that the GM seeds had terminator technology, meaning that they had been genetically modified so that the resulting crops did not produce viable seeds of their own, forcing farmers to buy new seeds each year at the same high prices.
Others consider such topics as the effect of abiotic stresses on growth, metabolic alterations, and tolerance mechanisms in rice crops; the potential impact of biological nitrogen fixation and organic fertilization on corn growth and yield in low-external-input systems, the distribution and risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in soils and corns around Zhonguam Oil Field, China; low-temperature effects on the early development of corn seedlings; wrongful exploitation and terminator technology; and modeling maize production and the impact of climate change on maize yields in Croatia.
"Chelsio is a recognized leader in data center convergence, storage and high performance computing markets, and Chelsio's Terminator technology is an excellent fit for a broad range of 10Gb Ethernet solutions."
In the end, civil society held the upper hand, as the moratorium on Terminator technology was maintained and upheld, much to the consternation of the biotech industry and its lobbyists.
Soon, for example, we will find out whether Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, plans on using terminator technology to render a good chunk of the global seed market sterile.
Will Canada terminate Terminator technology? So far, only India and Brazil have laws banning the sterile crops whose use forces farmers to rely on seeds purchased from big agribusiness instead of saving and replanting their own supply.
Topics include lessons learned from environmental policy, rethinking regulatory governance to keep pace, finding methods to regulate the study and application of human genetics, taking an abstract approach to morality and social policy, considering risks in genetically-manipulated materials, using the precautionary principle, regulating genetically modified (GM) food issue by issue and level by level, issues of GM food in the EU, plant genetic resources and agricultural trade reforms, terminator technology and the patents system, regulation and innovation, and restoring trust in the patent system.
The delegates of the governments of Canada, New Zealand and Australia, proposed to break up the global moratorium banning all planting and testing of genetically engineered sterile seeds--"Terminator Technology"--at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil, this past Spring.
A global moratorium on testing and marketing so-called terminator technology, established under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity in 2000, could be overturned this week as 188 governments gather in Curitiba, Brazil, for the eighth conference of the convention.
This terminator technology was developed to ensure that farmers in the developing world could not reuse genetically engineered seed (ETC Group 2002).