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Making Well People Better

ETC Group article on the new genomics agenda appears in Beyond Cloning

ETC Group's Pat Mooney is the author of "Making Well People Better," an essay appearing in WorldWatch magazine's July, 2002 issue entitled, Beyond Cloning: The Risk of the Rush to Human Genetic Engineering and the Larger Agenda of the Human Biotech Industry. The essay is available in PDF format on this Worldwatch website, and the entire issue (July/August 2002, Vol. 15, No. 4) can be purchased for US $4.

Embarazos Transgénicos

Jerry Rosman cría cerdos en Shelby, Estados Unidos, desde hace más de 30 años. Hace dos años los partos de sus animales disminuyeron hasta llegar a 20 por ciento de las crías que obtenía antes con sus 200 cerdas. Al comparar con los otros productores afectados, encontró una constante: todos alimentaban a sus cerdos con maíz transgénico, del tipo Bt (manipulado genéticamente insertándole el gen de la toxina de la bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis para hacerlos insecticidas).

Maíz trasngénico: cómo infectar al mundo

Un reciente artículo de la compañía de marketing Bivings Group, se titula: Cómo infectar al mundo. Presenta cómo el mercadeo viral a través de Internet -entendido como mercadeo por rumores-, puede ser altamente efectivo en promover diferentes tipos de productos (¿y también políticas?)

Entre los clientes de Bivings Group se encuentran, entre otras, grandes empresas transnacionales dedicadas a la biotecnología, a la producción de sustancias químicas y petroquímicas altamente contaminantes, corporaciones petroleras, grupos financieros, consultoras, tabacaleras, productoras de alimentos y productoras de transgénicos.

Intellectual Property: Enhancing Corporate Monopoly and Bioserfdom

An essay by ETC Group's Hope Shand entitled "Intellectual Property: Enhancing Corporate Monopoly and Bioserfdom", appears in Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. Edited by Andrew Kimbrell and published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology in 2202. Fatal Harvest offers a visually stunning collection of photos and essays on the myths and tragedy of US-bred industrial agriculture. It also offers a vision for a food and farming system that is socially just, ecologically and culturally diverse and sustainable.

The April Fool's Day Contest has a Winner

"Using Terminator to halt GM seed contamination is like...Using DDT to kill the ants on your sandwich"

Some biotech companies are claiming that GM (genetically-modified) seed can best be controlled if they also apply Terminator technology to the seed. The Terminator makes the seed sterile at harvest time so that farmers have to purchase new seed every growing season. When ETC group learned that suicide seeds were being hailed as a "green" technology, we decided to hold a contest. The winner is announced today at the Biodiversity Convention in The Netherlands.

ETC group's April Fool's Day Contest - to come up with the best conclusion to the sentence, "Using Terminator to halt GM seed contamination is like..." has a winner. The global contest, which began in early February and ended on April Fool's Day resulted in more than 110 entries from 21 countries. Many hundreds more visited the special website set-up for the contest to see the answers.

The Five Gene Giants are Becoming Four

DuPont and Monsanto - "Living in Sinergy"?

Rather than enter into a marriage that even the U.S. Government would find unpalpable, the world's two most powerful Gene Giants have decided to live in sync by sharing their proprietary agricultural biotechnologies with one another. Unless the two titans are committing to long-term monogamy, such a tech-swap is the corporate equivalent of "unprotected sex". It seems the risks in this particular union will be offloaded on farmers with fewer choices and higher prices - the corporate notion of "Fee Love"?

Captain Hook Awards 2002

For Outstanding Achievements in Biopiracy

The Coalition Against BioPiracy (CAB)* will present its highly un-coveted Captain Hook Awards -for infamous and outstanding achievements in biopiracy - at the Biodiversity Convention in The Hague, April 8-19 2002. The previous Captain Hook Awards ceremony was held almost two years ago at the Fifth meeting of the Biodiversity Convention in Nairobi. The Coalition emphasizes that the Captain Hook awards are made possible by the work and activities of many civil society and peoples' organizations around the globe that actively monitor and resist biopiracy. The cases cited and the analysis used in selecting the award winners are by no means limited to the work of the Coalition Against Biopiracy.

Ban Terminator before it's too late

A UNITED NATIONS conference in the Hague next week (April 02) offers the UN a critical opportunity to ban 'Terminator' seeds before they are commercialised in farmers' fields, warns an alliance of campaign groups.

The ETC group, Berne Declaration and ActionAid are among many groups urging delegates at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 'COP6' conference to heed global opinion and ban the commercialisation of crops modified to produce sterile seeds - known as 'suicide seeds' or 'Terminator technology'.

Conquering Nature ...and Sidestepping the Debate over Biotech and Biodiversity

Still More on the Mexican GM Maize Scandal

Nature magazine’s flip-flop today (April 2002) over the testing protocols involved in determining GM maize contamination in Mexico - the Centre of Genetic Diversity for the vital food crop - is just the latest in a string of absurdities as the scientific community struggles over what to do as genetically-modified germplasm invades the genetic homelands of the world’s food supply.

La vuelta de Nature... o cómo evitar el debate sobre biotecnología y biodiversidad

Aún más sobre el escándalo del maíz en México

La nota que la revista Nature escribe hoy (2002) retractándose de anteriores publicaciones sobre las metodologías usadas para determinar la contaminación del maíz transgénico en México —centro de diversidad genética de este vital cultivo— es el último eslabón de una cadena de absurdos, en la que mientras la comunidad científica está enfrascada en luchas internas, el germoplasma genéticamente modificado invade los centros de origen de los cultivos alimentarios del mundo.