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ETC Group: BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS - Join the Global Campaign

  • Subject: [cg] ETC Group: BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS - Join the Global Campaign
  • From: Laura Berman laura@foodshare.net
  • Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 11:05:01 -0400

------ Forwarded Message
From: ETC Group <etc@etcgroup.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 10:08:44 -0400
To: <etcgroup@lists.etcgroup.org>
Subject: ETC Group: BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS - Join the Global Campaign

The Terminator warned, "I'll be back!," and the Gene Giants, in
cooperation with governments, are rolling out the red carpet.  Once
again, genetic seed sterilization technology is threatening the
12,000-year old tradition of farmers saving, adapting and exchanging
seed and the 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seed as
their primary seed source.  ETC Group urges you to participate in the
global BAN TERMINATOR campaign (see below).  Support is particularly
critical in advance of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity
meetings in Spain and Brazil early next year, where Terminator is on
the agenda. Let's terminate Terminator, once and for all!

Please circulate widely and get involved. (posted October 2005)

BAN TERMINATOR SEEDS - Join the Global Campaign
TERMINAR CON LAS SEMILLAS TERMINATOR - unanse a la campana global
http://www.banterminator.org (in English, Espanol, en francais)

Spanish is below/ Mensaje en espanol, abajo

Terminator Technology - "Suicide seeds" are back! Your action is needed.

Unfortunately Terminator is not yesterday's news. Corporations and
governments are again pushing hard to commercialize Terminator
technology - plants that are genetically modified to render sterile
seeds at harvest. The Canadian government tried to overturn the
international (United Nations) de facto moratorium on Terminator in
February 2005. To meet this new crisis and re-build global
opposition, we ask you to join the new Ban Terminator Campaign and
take action with us.

Mobilization is needed now to pressure governments to ban Terminator
nationally and internationally. There are two important United
Nations meetings coming up where debates on Terminator are planned.
We will work to establish a ban on Terminator at the major meetings
of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: January 23-27 in Spain
and March 20-31 in Brazil.

Your action is needed NOW to make this happen.

We ask individuals, communities and groups across the world to take
action locally, nationally, and internationally as part of the new
global strategy.

Many of you are working to secure Farmers' Rights, food sovereignty
and the self-determination of your peoples and communities. You have
successfully opposed Terminator in the past. Please add Terminator to
your campaign work now - and please add your work and voices to the
Ban Terminator Campaign.


- Groups and communities please "Endorse the Campaign" so we can show
governments how strong the global opposition is http://
- Subscribe to receive Action Alerts and breaking news so that you
can take immediate action when it is needed the most
- Join with others in your area to pressure your government to ban
Terminator nationally and at the United Nations. We can help provide
materials and contacts.
- Organize events and actions - Become a Ban Terminator contact and
- Share information on Terminator in your community so that we can
work together
- Pass a resolution in your group or community against Terminator to
communicate your protest and reasons clearly for all to see
- Visit http://www.banterminator.org for action ideas, information
and campaign materials

Your input is important to us - join the strategy - participate in
the campaign.

COMING SOON! to www.banterminator.org : "Select Your Country" Action
and Frequently Asked Questions


Purpose: The Ban Terminator Campaign seeks to promote government bans
on Terminator technology at the national and international levels,
and supports the efforts of civil society, farmers, Indigenous
peoples and social movements to campaign against it.

Strategy: The international de facto moratorium on Terminator
technology at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) is under attack. Two upcoming meetings of the CBD where
Terminator is on the agenda - the Working Group on Article 8 (j) in
Granada, Spain January 23-27 and the 8th Conference of the Parties
(COP8) to the CBD in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil March 20-31 2006 -
offer important opportunities to strengthen the moratorium. The build-
up to these meetings is also an important opportunity to encourage
governments to establish national prohibitions on Terminator
technology - just as Brazil and India have done. Corporations will
not stop their efforts to commercialize Terminator until governments
prohibit the technology.

Origins: The Ban Terminator Campaign was initiated in response to
recent efforts by governments and corporations to push for Terminator
field trials and commercialization. Despite widespread opposition, in
February 2005, the Canadian government attempted to overturn the
CBD's international de facto moratorium on Terminator technology. The
Ban Terminator Campaign was formed in response, following discussions
initiated by Canadian-based civil society organizations (ETC group,
Inter Pares, National Farmers Union, and USC Canada).

History: In 1998, ETC group (then RAFI) discovered Terminator
patents. In 1999, in response to the avalanche of public opposition,
two of the world's largest seed and agrochemical corporations,
Monsanto and AstraZeneca (now Syngenta), publicly vowed not to
commercialize Terminator seeds. In 2000, the United Nations
Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a de facto moratorium on
Terminator seeds. As a result, many people believed that the crisis
had passed, and the issue faded from public view. Unfortunately,
Terminator is still being developed and is now being heavily promoted.


The Ban Terminator Campaign's steering committee:

AS-PTA - Assessoria e Servicos a Projectos em Agricultura Alternativa
ETC Group - Action group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
GRAIN www.grain.org
Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism www.ipcb.org
ITDG - Intermediate Technology Development Group www.itdg.org
Pesticide Action Network - Asia and the Pacific www.panap.net
Third World Network www.twnside.org.sg www.biosafety-info.net
Via Campesina www.viacampesina.org

TERMINAR CON LAS SEMILLAS TERMINATOR:  unanse a la campana global

Por favor circulen esto ampliamente e involucrense (octubre de 2005)

http://www.banterminator.org - (English, Espanol, en francais)

La tecnologia Terminator-- !las "semillas suicidas" estan aqui de
nuevo! Necesitamos de sus acciones.

Por desgracia Terminator no es una noticia del pasado. Las
corporaciones y los gobiernos empujan de nuevo por comercializar la
tecnologia Terminator --plantas geneticamente modificadas para dar
como resultado semillas esteriles en la cosecha. El gobierno
canadiense intento echar por tierra la moratoria de facto impuesta
por Naciones Unidas contra Terminator en febrero de 2005. Para
enfrentar esta nueva crisis y reconstruir la oposicion global, les
pedimos que se una a la nueva Campana Terminar Terminator y asuman
acciones conjuntas con nosotros.

Se requiere de movilizacion ahora para presionar a los gobiernos a
que prohiban Terminator nacional e internacionalmente. Hay dos
proximas e importantes reuniones de Naciones Unidas donde se planea
tener debates en torno a Terminator. Trabajaremos por establecer una
prohibicion a Terminator en las reuniones del Convenio de Diversidad
Biologica de Naciones Unida: entre el 23-27 de enero en Espana y
entre el 20 y el 31 de marzo en Brasil.

Son necesarias sus acciones AHORA para hacer que esto ocurra.

Le pedimos a los individuos a las comunidades y los grupos por todo
el mundo que emprendan acciones locales, nacionales e internacionales
como parte de esta nueva estrategia global.

Muchos de ustedes trabajan por garantizar los derechos de los
agricultores, la soberania alimentaria y la auto determinacion de sus
pueblos y comunidades. Ya se han opuesto exitosamente a Terminator en
el pasado. Por favor, anadan a Terminator en su trabajo relativo a
campanas ahora --por favor, sumense con su trabajo para Terminar
Terminator en esta nueva campana.

Que pueden hacer:

* Los grupos y las comunidades por favor "apoyen la Campana" de tal
modo que podamos mostrar a los gobiernos lo fuerte que es la
oposicion global.
* Suscribanse para recibir Alertas de Accion y noticias frescas para
que puedan emprender acciones inmediatas cuando sea mas necesario.
* Unanse con otros en su region para presionar a su gobierno a
Terminar Terminator nacionalmente y en Naciones Unidas. Podemos
ayudarles proporcionandoles materiales y contactos.
* Organicen eventos y acciones --Sean contactos y organizadores de
Terminar Terminator.
* Compartan informacion relativa a Terminator en su comunidad de tal
manera que podamos trabajar juntos.
* Tomen acuerdos en su grupo o comunidad contra Terminator que se
encaminen a comunicar su protesta y los argumentos que hagan ver la
situacion con claridad.
* Visiten http://www.banterminator.org  para obtener ideas de
acciones, informacion y materiales de campana

Su retroalimentacion es importante para nosotros --unanse a la
estrategia-- participen en la campana.

PRONTO ESTARA DISPONIBLE EN www.banterminator.org las preguntas mas
frecuentes que nos hacen con respecto a las acciones de acuerdo a los
paises involucrados.

Objetivo: La Campana Terminar Terminator busca promover que los
gobiernos prohiban la tecnologia Terminator en los niveles nacional e
internacional y apoya los esfuerzos de la sociedad civil,
agricultores, pueblos indigenas y movimientos sociales para hacer
campana en su contra.

Estrategia: La moratoria internacional de facto sobre la tecnologia
Terminator esta siendo atacada en el Convenio de Diversidad Biologica
de Naciones Unidas (CDB). Dos reuniones proximas del CDB donde
Terminator esta en la agenda --la del grupo de trabajo sobre el
articulo 8j en Granada, Espana del 23 al  27 de enero de 2006 y la de
la Octava Conferencia de las Partes (COP 8) del CDB en Curitiba,
Parana, Brasil del 20 al 31 de marzo de 2006-- ofrecen importantes
oportunidades para fortalecer la moratoria. La construccion de estas
reuniones es tambien una oportunidad importante para alentar a los
gobiernos a que establezcan prohibiciones nacionales en relacion a la
tecnologia Terminator --justo en el sentido en que Brasil e India ya
lo hicieron. Las corporaciones no se detendran en sus esfuerzos por
comercializar Terminator a menos que los gobiernos prohiban esta

Origenes: La Campana Terminar Terminator se inicio como respuesta
ante los esfuerzos de los gobiernos y las corporaciones por impulsar
los estudios de campo y la comercializacion de Terminator. Pese a la
amplia oposicion, el gobierno canadiense intento en febrero de 2005
pasar por alto la moratoria internacional de facto de la CBD en torno
a la tecnologia Terminator. En respuesta se formo la campana Terminar
Terminator, como resultado de discusiones iniciadas por
organizaciones de la sociedad civil con sede en Canada (Grupo ETC,
Inter Pares, National Farmers Union y USC-Canada).

Historia: En 1998, el Grupo ETC, (entonces llamado RAFI) descubrio
patentes de Terminator. En 1999, en respuesta a la avalancha de
protestas por parte del publico, dos de las corporaciones de
agroquimicos y semillas del mundo, Monsanto y AstraZeneca (ahora
Syngenta), se comprometieron publicamente a no comercializar las
semillas Terminator. En 2000, el Convenio de Diversidad Biologica de
Naciones Unidas adopto una moratoria de facto en relacion con las
semillas Terminator. Como resultado, muchas personas creyeron que la
crisis habia pasado y el asunto se diluyo en la atencion publica.
Por desgracia, Terminator sigue desarrollandose y hoy se le promueve
con gran peso.


El comite promotor de la campana Terminar Terminator:

AS-PTA - Assessoria e Servicos a Projectos em Agricultura Alternativa
ETC Group - Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
GRAIN www.grain.org
Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism www.ipcb.org
ITDG - Intermediate Technology Development Group www.itdg.org
Pesticide Action Network - Asia and the Pacific www.panap.net
Third World Network www.twnside.org.sg  www.biosafety-info.net
Via Campesina www.viacampesina.org


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