Pyrethrum & Biotechnologie-Nutzpflanze:Chrysanthemen
Genetic engineers are using the toxic protein of the bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis, to develop insecticidal plants and new, more effectve biocontrols for agriculture.
Bio-synthesis of indigo dye (primarily used for coloring denim jeans). Biological production of indigo dye has potential to eliminate chemical production in USA, Germany and Japan. May result in process which is less energy intensive and more environmentally sound.
Agricultural inputs (seeds, pesticides, fertilizers) are undergoing majore corporate and technological change.
Patents on new forms of animal life proposed by U.S. government
Ownership and control of new livestock breeds will become concentrated in hands of biotechnology companies, result in higher costs for farmers and encourage genetic uniformity in animal breeds.
The International Board of Plant Genetic Resources is undertaking an evaluation of each gene bank which is previously designated as a "base" for plant germplasm storage. A partial report covering the first 17 banks was submitted to the board in February, 1987, exposing major security problems.
Corporate Gene Hunters' Bid for Monopoly on Icelanders' DNA put on Hold
The Iceland government has been forced to postpone a bill to give genomics company, deCODE an exclusive license to collect current and retrospective medical information about all Icelanders into a central database and the sole right to commercial exploitation. A number of major concerns were cited in the announcement to postpone the initiative.
Implications of the Monsanto / American Home Products Merger
The $33 billion merger between AHP and Monsanto will force the life industry into a race to see who will come out on top. The merger creates a new challenge for anti-trust and anti-monopoly law enforcement in the areas of pharmaceuticals, crop chemicals, plant breeding, human genomics, and livestock.
As a result of solid NGO pressure, the ominous Terminator Technology" became a topic of substantive discussion and debate at the recent meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP IV) in Bratislava, Slovakia, 4-15 May.
Andean Farmers Defeat U.S. University
Andean farmers forced Colorado State University to surrender its US patent on 'Apelawa" quinoa. The anti-patent campaign that began 14 months ago (1997) ended on May 1st 1998 when on eof the quinoa 'inventors' admitted that the patent had been abandoned.
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