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[Duurzaamlijst] Monsanto's patentbescherming met zelfmoord zaden
Op een engelse lijst vond ik het volgende bericht.
Monsanto blijkt onder de naam Pharmacia gewoon door te
met de ontwikkeling van terminator technologie
om de eigen patenten op planten commercieel
uit te buiten met zelfmoord zaden.
Ik ken in het nederlandse taalgebied alleen de aktielijst en
de duurzaamlijst, als er meer relevante lijsten zijn,
hoor ik het graag.
THIS NEWS INFO BELOW IS REALLY UPSETTING
BECAUSE WE ALL THOUGHT THAT THE
WOLRDWIDE PROTESTS AGAINST THE TERMINATOR
TECHNOLOGY HAD SUCCEEDED IN DEFINITLEY
PUTTING AN END TO IT. WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO BY
MONSANTO - NOW CHANGING NAME TO "PHARMACIA" -
WHICH IS THE WORST HYDRA THE WORLD HAS EVER
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000
From: Mark Graffis <email@example.com>
Subject: Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track
SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2000 - A report released by the Rural
Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) reveals that Terminator
and Traitor technology are riding a fast track to commercialization.
Terminator technology, the genetic engineering of plants to produce
sterile seeds, is universally considered the most morally offensive
application of agricultural biotechnology, since over 1.4 billion
people depend on farm-saved seeds. Traitor technology, also known as
genetic use restriction technology (GURTs), refers to the use of an
external chemical to switch on or off a plant's genetic traits.
"We've continued right on with work on the Technology Protection
System [Terminator]. We never really slowed down. We're on target,
moving ahead to commercialize it. We never really backed off."
Harry Collins, Delta &Pine Land Seed Co., January, 2000
"After Monsanto and AstraZeneca publicly vowed not to commercialize
terminator seeds in 1999, governments and civil society organizations
were lulled into thinking that the crisis had passed. Nothing could
be further from the truth," said RAFI's Executive Director Pat Mooney.
"Despite mounting opposition from national governments and United
Nations' agencies, research on Terminator and Traitor (genetic trait
control) is moving full speed ahead."
According to RAFI, Delta &Pine Land, the world's largest cotton seed
company, is moving aggressively to commercialize Terminator. And
despite massive protests, the US Department of Agriculture supports
and defends its anti-farmer patent and research on suicide seeds.
Last year, AstraZeneca conducted field trials on genetic trait control
technology (Traitor technology) in the UK. According to industry
sources, it is not the first company to conduct field tests of this
RAFI's report concludes that corporate commitments to disavow
Terminator are virtually meaningless in light of the pace of
corporate takeovers. Monsanto and AstraZeneca have each merged
with other companies since they pledged not to commercialize suicide
* On December 2, 1999 Novartis and AstraZeneca announced they would
spin-off and merge their agrochemical and seed divisions to
create the world's biggest agribusiness corporation -- to be named
* On December 19, 1999 Monsanto announced that it will merge with
drug industry giant Pharmacia &Upjohn to create a new company,
named Pharmacia, with combined annual sales of $17 billion.
The Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf recently declared his opposition to
Terminator. In publicly rejecting Terminator, FAO's Diouf has come to
the defense of the 1.4 billion people who depend upon farm-saved seed
for their survival.
Among the national governments that have announced their intention to
oppose Terminator technology are Panama, India, Ghana, and Uganda.
India, one of the first governments to publicly reject Terminator,
explicitly prohibits Terminator genes in a draft bill now before the
Indian Parliament. Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Cletus Avoka,
says that his government will not tolerate the use of Terminator
technology. Panama's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries writes
that his government "will adopt measures to prohibit the specific
patents as well as the technology in general." Ugandan officials have
said that their government is discussing measures to outlaw
Terminator at the highest levels of government.
Terminator and Traitor technologies are not limited to a single
patent, nor is the research confined to one or two companies.
Delta & Pine Land is currently the high-profile crusader for Terminator,
but the goal of genetic trait control is industry-wide.
According to RAFI, over 30 patents are collectively held by the
multinational agrochemical firms that dominate the field of biotechnology.
According to RAFI, the future of Terminator/Traitor Technology rests
with national governments and multinational corporations. The
pressure points for political action are, first and foremost, with national
governments around the world. Second, pressure should be applied at
key international fora such as through the BioSafety Protocol at the
Convention on Biological Diversity, and intellectual property
negotiations at the World Trade Organization.
Entitled Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track, the new RAFI CommuniquE` is
available on RAFI's website http://www.rafi.org.
Source/contact: RAFI International Office, 110 Osborne Street, Suite
202, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 1Y5 Canada; phone (204) 453-5259; fax
(204) 925-8034; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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