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Sunday afternoon and Synthetic Biology 3.0 gets underway in high spirits amidst the glass and concrete of the ETH Campus.

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Some of us from ETC are in Zurich for the next few days observing what happens when you cram several hundred synthetic biologists and industrialists into a conference room -- the evolution of a new industrial species?

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When patents on Terminator seeds first came to light nine years ago, even the most jaded among us were stunned by the audacious corporate greed manifested by this novel (and complex) gene engineering technique.

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Last week the US Justice Department (DOJ) gave the green light for Monsanto's $1.5 billion takeover of the world's largest cotton seed company, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL) -- the company that has long vowed to commercialize Terminator seeds (more on that below).

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In the last few years it would have been fair to "blame Canada" for trying to overturn the international moratorium on terminator seeds.

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Further reflections on EPO's May 3 decision to revoke Monsanto's species-wide soybean patent

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As well as dealing with Monsanto in Munich this week, ETC Group has also been raising the alarm about a massive geo-engineering experime

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In the midst of our new fight over geoengineering near the Galapagos, we've got good news over a very old fight with Monsanto...

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In a couple of days Hope Shand from ETC Group will be in court in the European patent Office to challenge Monsanto's Patent on Soy beans - a patent that we have been contesting for 13 years and that originally Monsanto themselves opposed!!

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The biotech industry claims that the global area devoted to GM crops in 2005 was 90 million hectares - or 222 million acres.

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