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Suicide at the Carnaval? Terminator is back in the Brazilian Congress

Push to Pass Suicide Seeds Legislation Could Come While Deputies Dance

Push to Pass Suicide Seeds Legislation Could Come While Deputies Dance

Sign the petition to stop it!

Brazilian civil society organizations warned yesterday that a 2007 bill to end Brazil’s ban on Terminator seeds could soon be on the move (again) in the Brazilian Congress. While two bills have been on the congressional agenda for several years, a 2007 bill (PL 268/2007, filed by Rep. Eduardo Sciarra – PSD party) began moving through the Congress last July and came to a head last October. The legalizing of Terminator in Brazil would have global implications, including as a violation of the United Nations moratorium on Terminator technologies, in place since 2000 at the Convention on Biological Diversity.

¿Quién nos alimentará? Libro de bolsillo

La cadena industrial de producción de alimentos o las redes campesinas

Edición 2014 de la investigación del Grupo ETC sobre dos sistemas alimentarios: el de la producción industrial de alimentos y el de las redes campesinas de subsistencia. Descargue el PDF para tener el libro de bolsillo. Para una versión con todas las fuentes y referencias, escriba a veronica@etcgroup.org.

That Was The Year – Unlucky 13

Rio+20’s Year of Postpartum Digressions

Unlucky 13: Our 2012 year-end review, “193 Shades of Gray,” stumbled into the surreal, post-Rio+20 “Hunger Games” as FAO admitted that it has been underestimating the number of hungry people and overestimating future food requirements and, in a cowardly act of conspicuous consumption, the UN Committee on World Food Security failed to condemn biofuels; Warsaw withered the way of every climate conference since Kyoto; the USA, UK, China and Russia significantly underestimated GHG emissions while the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Australia concluded that they just don’t give a da

Competencia para poner nombre a la vainilla artificial

El Grupo ETC y Amigos de la Tierra lanzaron una competencia internacional de diseño y mercadotecnia para llamar la atención sobre el uso de biología sintética (ingeniería genética extrema) en nuestra comida. Usen su creatividad para ayudarnos a denunciar un ingrediente, muy antinatural, que amenaza introducirse en nuestros platillos y otros productos: una nueva "vainilla". Ayúdenos a denunciarlo y a explicar lo que podría ocurrirles a los cultivadores de la verdadera vainilla en el mundo.

Fate of Pro-Terminator Bill Uncertain

Brazil’s Judiciary Commission in Confusion: Charges, Counter-Charges and Confrontations

Confronted with 35,000 institutional and individual signatures on a petition growing by several hundred an hour, Brazil’s Judiciary Commission agreed to take the Pro-Terminator Bill off the agenda this week leaving open the possibility that the bill will not be passed until Congress reconvenes in early February. However, the Judiciary Commission also determined to sit again next Tuesday and could continue meeting even Wednesday and Thursday before adjourning for Christmas. The Chair of the Commission has reiterated his commitment to block the contentious bill but CSO observers understand that a majority of Commission members are in favor of the suicide seed legislation and could, regardless of a formal agenda, call for a vote at any meeting. Brazilian allies both in the Commission and among the civil society organizations attending the negotiations say that representatives and government officials have been shocked by the scale in ferocity of global opposition to the proposed legislation.

Comisión legislativa en Brasil “exterminaría” las semillas (y la agricultura) esta semana

Después de comprometerse en el Día Mundial de la Alimentación (16 de octubre) a bloquear una iniciativa que legalizaría la siembra de semillas Terminator en Brasil, la Comisión de Justicia está nuevamente emplazada a aprobar las semillas suicidas, lo que sería un regalo navideño para Monsanto, DuPont y Syngenta.

Lancement d’une compétition pour donner un nom à la vanille biosynthétique

Le Groupe ETC et les Amis de la Terre lancent une compétition publique de design et de dénomination afin de tourner les projecteurs sur la présence de produits issus de la biologie synthétique (manipulation génétique extrême) dans nos aliments. Faites preuve de créativité et aidez-nous à dénoncer un nouvel ingrédient tout sauf naturel arrivant sur les marchés près de chez vous, ainsi que les effets négatifs probables pour les petits producteurs de vanille.

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