USDA Approves Terminator Seed
Technology Despite Opposition
Commodities Bureau in Mumbai

It's official now. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that it has concluded negotiations to license the notorious Terminator' technology to its seed industry partner, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL). As a result of joint research, the USDA and D&PL are co-owners of three patents on the controversial technology, that genetically modifies plants to produce sterile seeds, preventing farmers from re-using harvested seed. A licensing agreement establishes the terms and conditions under which a party can use a patented technology.
Although many of the gene-giants hold patents on Terminator technology, D&PL is the only company that has publicly declared its intention to commercialise Terminator seeds. "USDA's decision to license Terminator flies in the face of international public opinion and betrays the public trust," said Ms Hope Shand, research-director of an international organisation dedicated to sustainable use of bio-diversity - RAFI. "Terminator technology has been universally condemned by civil society; banned by international agricultural research institutes, censured by United Nation bodies, even shunned by Monsanto, and yet the US Government has officially sanctioned commercialisation of the technology by licensing it to one of the world's largest seed companies," explains Ms Shand. "USDA's role in developing Terminator seeds is a disgraceful example of corporate welfare, involving a technology that is bad for farmers, dangerous for the environment and disastrous for world food security," adds Ms Silvia Ribeiro of RAFI.
Terminator has been universally opposed as an immoral technology because over 1.4 billion people, primarily poor farmers, depend on farm-saved seeds as their primary seed source. Mr Michael Schechtman, executive-secretary to USDA's Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology, made the official announcement regarding the licensing of Terminator at the Committee's August 1 meeting.
The 38-member Advisory Committee, established during the Clinton administration, was created to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to growing public controversy over GM technology. Although many members of the Biotech Advisory Committee urged the USDA to abandon its patents and forsake all further research on genetic seed sterilisation, the USDA steadfastly declined. The official statement by USDA states that the Agency "had a legal obligation" to license the technology to D&PL.
In a lackluster attempt to quell its critics, the USDA pledged to negotiate licensing restrictions on how the Terminator technology could be deployed by Delta & Pine Land. "In the end, the restrictions negotiated by USDA are meaningless," concludes Mr Michael Sligh, RAFI-USA's director of 'Sustainable Agriculture', and member of the Biotech Advisory Committee. According to Mr Sligh, "USDA's promotion of Terminator technology puts private profits above public good and the rights of farmers everywhere." Mr Sligh spearheaded efforts amongst Advisory Board members who urged the USDA to abandon Terminator. USDA places the following conditions on D&PL's deployment of Terminator:
1) The licensed Terminator technology will not be used in any heirloom varieties of garden flowers and vegetables and it will not be used in any variety of plant available in the market- place before January 1, 2003.
2) USDA scientists will be involved in safety testing of new varieties incorporating the GM trait for seed sterility, and a full and public process of safety evaluation must be completed prior to regulatory sign-off by USDA.
3) All royalties accruing to USDA from the use of Terminator will be earmarked to technology transfer efforts for USDA's Agricultural Research Service innovations that will be made widely available to the public.
USDA concludes that Terminator "is a valuable technology". Ironically, the agency promotes Terminator as a "green" technology that will prevent gene flow from transgenic plants. "We reject the notion that Terminator is a biosafety bandage for GM crops with leaky genes, but even if it were biosafety, at the expense of food security is unacceptable," concludes RAFI's Ms Silvia Ribeiro.
Last year the FAO's panel of eminent experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture concluded that Terminator seeds are unethical. When heads of state meet at FAO's World Food Summit five years later in Rome, 9-15 November, they will have the opportunity to re-affirm that finding, and recommend that member nations ban the technology. In keeping with its image as a rogue, isolationist state in international treaty negotiations on global warming and biological weapons, the US also appears to stand alone on Terminator.
Delta & Pine Land, USA is the world's 9th largest seed corporation, with revenues of $301 million in 2000. The company has joint ventures and/or subsidiaries in North America, Brazil, Argentina, China, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa, Australia, and China.
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From Calvin Howard
Dear Jeff,
I don't know if you are aware, but Delta & Pine Land Corporation is a 28,000 acre experimental farm owned by the Queen of England (Elizabeth Hanover aka Windsor). It lies approx 10 miles north of Greenville, Mississippi on the most fertile black earth farm in America.
Back in the '60's the land was secretly bought up by several different schills under many different names, paying higher than normal prices to local farmers, and then after all the purchases were made the contiguous piece of land became one gigantic farm.
According to records, it is the largest single crop-gowing farm in the U.S. Smells a bit fishy that the USDA is approving seeds from this foreign owned agri-corporation. A little more of the NWO don't you think? Thought you'd like to know



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