RE: Seminis GE vegetable seeds (via Pesticide Action Network)
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> Subject: [cg] Seminis GE vegetable seeds (via Pesticide Action
> I thought that you folk might be interested in this especially since a got
> a brochure and supplier list from Seminis recently (via the Review) that
> made absolutely no mention of their genetic engineering work. One of their
> pea varieties, 'Mr. Big Pea' is an All American Award winner for this
> They also sent a list of their "Retail Mail-order Seed Source List --2000"
> if you're interested.
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> >From: "Ericka & Rich Dana" <email@example.com> (by way of Debbie Ortman
> >Subject: Seminis GE vegetable seeds (via Pesticide Action Network)
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> >FYI forward from Ericka Dana, Catnip Farm (apologies if this is a
> >P A N U P S
> >Pesticide Action Network Updates Service
> >SEMINIS - GE Vegetable Seeds
> >January 31, 1999
> >In the past five years, the California-based company Seminis Vegetable
> >has gained control of approximately 19% of the worldwide fruit and
> >seed market; Seminis now provides the seeds for some 40% of all
> >sold in the United States. Through the combined strategies of controlling
> >large amounts of germ plasm and entering cooperative agreements with
> >developers such as Monsanto, Seminis Vegetable Seeds is positioning
> >to lead the way in future genetic engineering of fruit and vegetable
> >Seminis is a subsidiary of the Savia Corporation, formerly known as
> >La Moderna (ELM). Based in Monterrey, Mexico, Savia is part of the Pulsar
> >Group, headed by Mexican billionaire Alfonso Romo Garza. Pulsar's
> >range from health care to insurance to agribusiness. The company was
> >through the merger of three large seed brands -- Asgrow, Petoseed and
> >Sluis -- plus the acquisition of nine smaller ones. These smaller brands
> >include regional specialties such as Choong Ang, which supplies seeds in
> >South Korea, and Horticeres, which operates in Brazil.
> >Seminis has seed production facilities in Arizona, California, Idaho,
> >and Washington as well as in over 18 other countries; major processing
> >facilities in California, Idaho, Chile and the Netherlands; and research
> >centers in France, Italy, South Korea, the Netherlands and the U.S.
> >Seminis is developing a range of crops with traits such as herbicide,
> >insect or fungus resistance, as well as foods with "improved"
> >characteristics intended to appeal to consumers. Plans are in the works
> >introduce fungus-resistant lettuce, virus-resistant melon with longer
> >life, peas with high sugar content, and disease-resistant tomatoes with
> >increased levels of the nutrients beta-carotene and lycopene.
> >A collaborative agreement established with Monsanto in 1997 lays the
> >groundwork for applying Monsanto's genetic engineering technologies,
> >including insect resistance (Bt toxin) and glyphosate resistance, to
> >vegetable and fruit seeds. Seminis is developing Roundup Ready lettuce
> >(engineered to tolerate Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, active ingredient
> >glyphosate); if approved for sale, the lettuce could enter supermarkets
> >early as 2003. Work is also under way to develop Roundup Ready tomatoes.
> >Seminis is currently field testing many of its genetically engineered
> >In California alone, Seminis is testing or has recently tested plots of
> >glyphosate-resistant lettuce, peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes plus a wide
> >variety of fungus-, insect-, and virus-resistant vegetables. Among its
> >activities in other states, Seminis has planted or is currently testing
> >insect-resistant tomatoes in Florida and glyphosate-tolerant lettuce in
> >Georgia and New Jersey.
> >One of Seminis' genetically engineered products, a virus-resistant
> >is already being grown commercially. Developed by Asgrow, the first
> >transgenic squash was approved for commercial production in 1994. A
> >variety, with resistance to three viruses, was approved in 1996 and a
> >is now being field tested. Domestic squash has a number of wild relatives
> >the United States. Thus a real threat exists of genetic pollution, in
> >the trait for virus resistance could spread to wild relatives creating
> >"super weeds" with a competitive advantage. Asgrow's tests for ecological
> >safety have been criticized as entirely inadequate by ecologists and
> >organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, but were
> >by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as sufficient for approving
> >cultivation of the crop.
> >Seminis' 1999 prospectus states that "the application of genetic
> >improvements to crop plants has provided greater value to growers which
> >be captured by the seed industry through higher prices and greater
> >An illustration is Seminis' long shelf life tomato seeds, which sell for
> >$5,200 per pound, contrasting with $1,400 per pound for traditional
> >varieties. Another way Seminis expects to profit from genetic engineering
> >by producing a "reallocation of grower spending": farmers will spend less
> >agricultural chemicals and therefore will be willing to pay more for
> >Source: "Expanding the Biotech Frontier -- Seminis Vegetable Seeds,"
> >Pesticide Campaigner, December 1999.
> >Contact: PANNA.
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