On October 10, ETC Group attended the US Food and Drug Administrations first public meeting on nanotechnology. About 40 people had signed up to make presentations, and we were each given eight minutes to say our piece to the FDAs newly-formed Nanotechnology Task Force.
On September 12 just days before Mexico celebrates its Independence Day ETC Group and several Mexican organizations held a press conference in Mexico City and declared the traditional Cry of Independence, but this time for the genetic independence of Mexican maize.
The Economist this week has a Special Report on Synthetic Biology , the new field of building artificial life forms from scratch.
At 9:30 pm in Brazil, the 8th Conference of the Parties confirmed its decision on Terminator. It is now official.
We see a moratorium on Terminator that is now strengthened.
The protests of Via Campesina and Brazils Landless Workers Movement (Movimento Sem Terra - MST) have been critical to the outcomes of this meeting. The protests continue this morning as 6000 peasant farmers are outside greeting buses of delegates as they come in.
by Lucy Sharratt
Today Terminator was discussed again at COP8 - and the moratorium still holds! No country dared to challenge the consensus of last week.