17th May 2000
Terminator Technology still alive!
We thought Monsanto and the Life Industry had rejected the technology, but the CGIAR had outlawed work on it; and that the public sector was opposed. But what do we learn form RAFI at their lunchtime briefing on Tuesday, that:
Public outrage is clearly not enough - we need intergovernmental action.
As one Kenyan delegate asked, "Why is there any question about the CBD deciding that it should be banned. What are we waiting for...it will be the same bad technology in 2 years' time and by then it might have been commercially released. Why don't we just ban it now?"
Also in the WTO, on moral grounds (TRIPS Article 27.2) it could be banned.
So why the delay?
There was a call from the floor for civil society organisations to bring pressure on their governments to ban Terminator and Traitor technologies. Let's start with the delegates...
Our thanks to RAFI - keep us the pressure; keep sending us the latest information!
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