A coalition of agricultural and environmental groups working for food sovereignty and environmental justice, CBAN's recent successes have included the denial of Monsanto's application for commercial use of Bovine Growth Hormone, the withdrawal of Monsanto's application for approval of Roundup Ready Wheat, and the retreat of the Canadian government's promotion of Terminator seed
technology at the UN.
Farmers could plant Terminator seed
and harvest a crop, but if they saved and planted the second generation of seed, it wouldn't grow.
In the latest scene in the ongoing seed soap opera, Canadian grain farmer Percy Schmeiser is headed to court in a landmark lawsuit involving the agrichemical and biotech giant Monsanto Corporation, the same company responsible for the controversial Terminator seed
technology (see MEN June/July 1999, "Suicidal Seeds" by Heather Cox).
The company at the forefront of genetically modified food research yesterday announced it would halt the commercial production of the so- called Terminator seed
COMMERCIAL production of the so-called Terminator seed
is to be halted by the company at the forefront of genetically modified food research.
Shand, however, contends there will be an inevitable drift toward terminator seed
as companies pressure publicly funded seed suppliers in Third World countries to adopt their standards.
* Monsanto Corporation--one of the world's largest agricultural chemical and seed companies--found itself being assailed by European farm activists and development agencies about its "terminator seed
" technology, which prevents replanting from a previous harvest, thereby forcing farmers to buy new seed (along with any corresponding pesticides) from Monsanto every year.
While poor farmers are not likely to buy Terminator seed
if it becomes commercially available, they may end up with sterile seed after exchanging or buying seed from better-off farm neighbors.
The film also ignores a number of major sub and parallel plots, including how the GM canola came to be on Schmeiser's property in the first place--a point that speaks to the spectre of genetic contamination and which was central to the deliberations of the lower courts--and the frightening facts of Monsanto's pursuit of farmageddon via its (now temporarily shelved) Terminator seed
* Terminator seeds
: Monsanto announced in October 1999 that it was dropping its Terminator seed
program, confirming the effectiveness of the global campaign against the technology of developing sterile GE seeds.
Conway also advised Monsanto to abandon its notorious Terminator Seed
technology, stop its opposition to labeling Laws, and put increasing emphasis and funding toward crop research programs in the developing world.
Louis-based biotech giant, including reviews of its links to major corporate disasters involving Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH), Round-Up herbicide and the terminator seed
. (Plants from this seed yield sterile seeds.