Delta and Pine Land Co. (Mississippi, USA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they received US Patent No. 5,723,765 on a new genetic technology designed to prevent unauthorized seed saving by farmers. The patented technology, Control of plant gene expression" would allow seed companies to control the viability of progeny seed without harming the crop. In other words, the new technology genetically alters the seed so that it will not germinate if re-planted a second time.
An independent study prepared by RAFI, now ETC group, for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
ETC group provides an in-depth review and analysis of plant genetic resources, livestock diversity, forest biodiversity, fish and aquatic life, soil and microbial biodiversity. The book emphasizes the need for farm-based food security and summarizes the emerging policy agenda for agricultural biodiversity. 90 pages.
Governance and the CG's Third Review - A Civil Society Report on International Agricultural Research
In 1997, the Consultative Group on Internatinal Agricultural Research (CGIAR) made notable progress in expanding the participation of the South and of women in their governance system. There is evidence that the trend that prevailed in the first half of the 1990's is reversing and that CG members and the Boards of Trustees of the 16 International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs) are moving, albeit slowly, to achieve a better regional ration in their various levels of governance. Much of the credit for this shift goes to CGIAR's Chair.
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