Tuesday, October 18, 2005

It's Back

The Terminator warned, "I'll be back!," and the Gene Giants, in cooperation with governments, are rolling out the red carpet. Once again, genetic seed sterilization technology is threatening the 12,000-year old tradition of farmers saving, adapting and exchanging seed and the 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seed as their primary seed source. ETC Group urges you to participate in the global BAN TERMINATOR campaign (see below). Support is particularly critical in advance of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meetings in Spain and Brazil early next year, where Terminator is on the agenda. Let's terminate Terminator, once and for all!

Please circulate widely and get involved. (posted October 2005)

BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS - Join the Global Campaign
TERMINAR CON LAS SEMILLAS TERMINATOR - unanse a la campana global
http://www.banterminator.org (in English, Espanol, en francais)

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Making the Same Steak Twice

Are meat and dairy eaters ready for cloned food? The FDA is apparently ready to rule that cloned animals are fit for consumption, and this could expand the GMO consumption argument beyond the mainly veggie and granola crowd. But some are suggesting that it's quite possible that a few of the many cloned livestock already on farms around the country have already found their way into the food supply.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Regulating the Flow of GMOs

Tanzania is apparently creating an agency specifically designed to monitor and regulate the importation of GMOs.

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Who's the leader in plant biotechnology?

Why, it's Missouri.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

BIOART AND PUBLIC SPHERE

A WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE SERIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE

Conference: Monday October 17

Biotech Art Workshop conducted by SymbioticA: October 10-14
This initiative aims to bring together artists, biologists, and science studies scholars, to address a broad range of questions about science in the public sphere. The list of possible research domains to be investigated includes, but is not limited to, genomics, tissue engineering, genetic engineering and stem cell research.


We are specifically interested in the relationship of these research areas to the social landscape of the pharmaceutical industry, the agricultural industry, global trade and corporate license agreements, the framing of biosecurity and biodefense, constructions of disease, and the global politics of the reproductive health industry.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.publicsphere.parasitelab.net/

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

The NY Times discusses "The Future of Food"

A not disapproving review of Deborah Koons Garcia's "Future of Food" from the NYT's Stephen Holden. While it may lack some sophistication in terms of the current issues in biotech, now dated since the movie's making - i.e. Monsanto's "suicide gene" (the "terminator" seed, which were never commercialized by the agri-chem turned life-sciences company),thanks to global public protest, it's a needed statement on movie that does a more than adequate job of linking ecological and economic concerns.

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