terminator seed

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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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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.
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.
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.
Passage of the bill seems unlikely though, since Canada, along with Australia and New Zealand, lobbied to end a worldwide moratorium on use of Terminator technology in favour of a "case-by-case risk assessment" at last year's United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
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.
We need to ban Terminator technology in Canada, as India and Brazil have already done.
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).
Terminator technology is a stronger monopoly tool than patents; unlike patents, there's no expiration date, no exemption for researchers, no discussion of compulsory licensing, and no need for lawyers.
ETC blew the whistle on Monsanto's Terminator technology, intended to render seeds sterile so farmers had to buy new seeds every year.
The Terminator technology is perhaps the most invidious means by which US 'marker penetration' in the South could yet be achieved.