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Monsanto Buys Terminator Technology: U.S. approves take-over of seed company

On June 1, 2007 the United States Justice Department gave the green light for Monsanto's $1.5 billion takeover of the world's largest cotton seed company, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL) --
the US company that developed and patented the world's first Terminator seed technology.
For Immediate Release - June 6 , 2007
Press Release - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Monsanto Buys Terminator Technology: U.S. approves take-over of seed company

Ottawa, June 6, 2007 - On June 1, 2007 the United States Justice
Department gave the green light for Monsanto's $1.5 billion takeover of
the world's largest cotton seed company, Delta & Pine Land (D&PL) --
the US company that developed and patented the world's first Terminator
seed technology.

Terminator seeds are genetically engineered to be sterile after first
harvest and were developed to stop farmers from saving seed.

"As the biggest seed company in the world, Monsanto stands to gain the
most by incorporating Terminator technology into all its seeds, thus
forcing farmers to buy new seed every year" said Lucy Sharratt,
Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Monsanto will now own Delta & Pine Land's greenhouse tests of
Terminator seeds and rights to its Canadian patent on Terminator
granted on October 11 2005. D&PL has long vowed to commercialize
Terminator, targeting rice, wheat and soy in particular.

Monsanto's deal comes just one day after Bill C-448, a Private Members
Bill which would ban Terminator in Canada, was tabled by Alex
Atamanenko, Agriculture Critic for the New Democratic Party and MP for
B.C. Southern Interior.

"Monsanto's purchase of Terminator is a nightmare scenario for the
world's farmers," said Sharratt. "A ban on in Canada is urgently needed
to stop Monsanto from ever using Terminator. Canadian farmers need our
Government to take a stand against this shocking technology."

Monsanto tried to buy D&PL in 1998 but abandoned the deal. In 1998 the
first Terminator patent (D&PL's) was discovered and by 1999 the
international uproar over Terminator had forced Monsanto to pledge not
to commercialize the technology. In 2006 Monsanto was caught
backtracking on that pledge.

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For more information: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian
Biotechnology Action Network, 613 241 2267  coordinator@cban.ca
wwww.banterminator.org


Monsanto and Terminator - Background

Timeline

1998: Monsanto bid to buy Delta & Pine Land but the deal collapsed amid
global controversy over Delta & Pine Land's Terminator patent.

1999: Monsanto stated, "we are making a public commitment not to
commercialize sterile seed technologies, such as the one dubbed
'Terminator.'" The pledge was made in a letter to Rockefeller
Foundation President Gordon Conway after pressure from the Foundation
and public uproar.

2005: Monsanto reworded its 1999 pledge: "Monsanto made a commitment
not to commercialize sterile-seed technologies in food crops. It
continues to stand by that commitment today, but Monsanto people
constantly reevaluate this stance as technology develops."(emphasis
added) Monsanto apologized for this "added language" and restated in a
letter to the Ban Terminator Campaign (Feb 27, 2006) that, "We stand by
our commitment to not use genetic engineering methods that result in
sterile seeds. Period."

2006: In August Monsanto announced its bid to buy Delta & Pine Land -
the deal was completed June 1st 2007.

Patents:

o Although Monsanto repeatedly insists that it does not hold patents on
Terminator, Monsanto was granted a Terminator patent published under
the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WO97/44465 "Method for Controlling Seed
Germinator Using Soybean ACYL COA Oxidase Sequences." The 91-page
patent, published in November 1997, details the company's research on
genetic seed sterilization and offers evidence of the company's
intention to apply for patents in patent offices worldwide.

o On October 11, 2005 The Canadian Patent Office granted a patent to
Delta & Pine Land and the US Department of Agriculture for the
Terminator technology they developed together.

Monsanto

o Monsanto is the world's largest seed company and accounts for more
than one-fifth of the global proprietary seed market.
o Monsanto made US $4,028 million from seed sales in 2006.
o Based on 2006 revenues, the top 10 seed corporations account for 55%
of the commercial seed market worldwide.
o The top 3 companies - Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta - account for
$8,552 million - or 44% of the total proprietary seed market.

(Source: ETC Group, April 30, 2007www.etcgroup.org)

Delta & Pine Land

o D&PL is a cotton seed and soybean seed company - the largest cotton
seed company in the US.
o Delta & Pine Land runs greenhouse tests of Terminator in the US.

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terminate monsanto 10.Jun.2007 09:23

jail bush/cheney/all of them

monsanto should be terminated by whatever means necessary. they are an immediate threat to the peoples of the world.

broken 10.Jun.2007 09:36

heart

This is an act of evil. I can hardly think of anything more vile than the development of this technology. This by itself shows that corporations are demonic in nature, sucking on and destroying life. This evil force has taken over so many minds already, otherwise there would be spontaneous and massive uprisings against these sorts of offenses against life. It is a dark time we are living in. The most awful movies and futuristic novels pale by comparison to the horror that is coming.

WTO Claim 10.Jun.2007 10:56

need a lawyer

Will the use of this product reduce the availability of other similar seeds in the market?

Will these terminator seeds contaminate seed genes in the environment thus redenering null the reproductive capacity of non-terminator agricultural seed viability?

Does this product/company deny market?

Can a WTO claim terminate the terminator seed?

. 10.Jun.2007 13:01

.

Will these terminator seeds contaminate seed genes in the environment thus redenering null the reproductive capacity of non-terminator agricultural seed viability?


almost inevitable

Please, do what you can to get the word out on terminator seeds! 10.Jun.2007 16:26

Jody Paulson

Talk to your friends about it! Write a letter to the editor!

I can't think of anything more anti-life than the truly evil concept of developing seeds that grow into sterile plants so poor people can't save seed -- and heaven forbid (and just what will happen if heaven *doesn't* forbid) these genes contaminate what's left of honest-to-goodness *real* food from Mother Nature?

I was blissfully unaware of terminator seeds only 2 years ago, and I consider myself a pretty well-informed person. People need to know about this kind of crap. While everyone's running around worrying about what will happen if someone smuggles in mouthwash at the airport, Monsanto is quietly trying to get the world addicted to its Frankenfood monstrosities.

It's really sickening what's happening to our food supply. Here's a somewhat related post I just put up on my blog:  http://jpaulson.blogspot.com/2007/06/ick.html

Monsanto's dominance of GM SEED more profound than numbers above... 14.Jun.2007 15:44

biostate

On this data, I think there should have been a notice that gene altered crops are just a subset of proprietary seed sales?

quote:

Monsanto

o Monsanto is the world's largest seed company and accounts for more
than one-fifth of the global proprietary seed market.
o Monsanto made US $4,028 million from seed sales in 2006.
o Based on 2006 revenues, the top 10 seed corporations account for 55%
of the commercial seed market worldwide.
o The top 3 companies - Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta - account for
$8,552 million - or 44% of the total proprietary seed market.

(Source: ETC Group, April 30, 2007www.etcgroup.org)

In other words, if you look at Monsanto's subset of gene altered proprietary seed, in the larger set of proprietary seed, Monsanto's GM-seed monopoly is far more profound than ETC's numbers above relate:

From the book:
 link to www.amazon.com

"As background, the four largest GM crops in the world are corn, canola, soya, and cotton. These four are either being designed to "handle" more excessive pesticides or actually to create their own, because of the innate ecological and biological rigors against supporting unecological monocropping strategies.

The preponderance of Iowa's agricultural area is covered in two of these four GM crops, corn and soya (both owned by the same company Monsanto93) in addition to Iowans being the 'host' for these massively polluting factory farming methods for pigs. According to the USDA Agricultural Census for 1997, fully 80.22% to 80.96% of Iowa is in these two crops (corn at 43.28% to 44.02% of agricultural land (depending on whether silage corn is included)); and soya at 36.94% of agricultural land).94 95

The state of Iowa should be renamed. Perhaps some merged name of Iowa and Monsanto would be appropriate, like "Io-Santo." In short, Iowa is the most agricultural state in the United States in terms of land area used, and in this case for mostly only two crops, corn and soya.

As a direct consequence of this unreflexive consumptive planning and monocropping, Iowa as we have seen is the core of various externalities of distanciated consumption: it is the core of the animal and pesticide pollution in the United States; it is the core of Midwest soil erosion; it is without any wilderness areas designated; and it is an area where both genders have strong correlations with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer which is potentially related to heavy use of phosphate-based Glyphosate (Monsanto's RoundUp Ready). Plus, Monsanto's Glyphosate is a known endocrine disruptor.

...

"footnote 93: A telling quote about this one company, Monsanto, and its consumptive power across the world: "Despite projections made five years ago by Monsanto and the White House that most countries would soon adopt biotech farming, basically only four countries are currently cultivating gene-altered crops (US, Canada, and Argentina, with 96% of total acreage; and China with 3%). In addition, only two crops, soybeans and corn, account for a full 82% of all global acreage, while two others, cotton and canola, account for 17%. In the year 2000, the seeds of one company, Monsanto, made up 91% of all GE crops, while, for all practical purposes only two other Gene Giants have products on the market, Syngenta (formerly called Novartis/AstraZeneca) and Aventis (now owned by Bayer)." However: "While total sales of agbiotech seeds and rBGH will amount to less than $5 billion this year, global organic food sales will be five times greater or $25 billion. While only four countries are growing GE crops on any scale, farmers in 130 nations are now producing and exporting certified organic foods and crops. At the current annual 24% growth rate of the organic sector in the US, organic farming will make up over 50% of US agriculture by 2020. And of course, if current consumer and regulatory trends
continue, Frankencrops will be driven off the market long before organic becomes the norm." This information is from Ronnie Cummins of Organic Consumers Association, writing in BioDemocracy News #39,  http://www.purefood.org .

In other words, with Monsanto adding in GM-cotton to its global monopoly, its 91% stake in all GM crops from 2000, has probably shot up to more than 95% of global GM crops under one corporate boardroom, a handful of people. All one company, tied into the occult military industrial complex as well. In other words look a bit wider than the Terminator angle above, and their acquisition of Delta Pine and Land's GM-cotton and GM-soya (to add to their GM-corn and already their own GM-soya is another point above.

From a blog post, excerpted from:
 http://biostate.blogspot.com/2006/01/genetic-engineers-or-genetic.html

MONSANTO: OR, HOW THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX DOES FOOD

MONSANTO: OR, BLUE BLOODED FRANKENCROPS

As an introduction, I relate this because it caused a flash of awareness in someone when I said it before: "the ideological and the material are not separate worlds. Different ideologies are connected to recommendations of different materials."

This can be seen clearly in the different interests of supply-sided corporate ideologies and their material choices.

Monsanto stands here as my hardly straw man--(1) since Monsanto controls around 90% of world GMO crops; AND (2) standing in as an example of aristocratic family money power durability in the present, since Monsanto Founder John F. Queeny (1859 --1930) named the company after his aristocratic wife, Olga Mendez Monsanto. Her Spanish father, Maurice Monsanto, was the son of Don Emmanuel Mendez de Monsanto, an aristocrat who had been knighted by both Queen Isabella II of Spain and King Frederick VII of Denmark. Her German mother, Emma Cleaves, was a daughter of a private secretary to King George IV of Hanover. These three Monsantos -- father, mother and daughter -- had abandoned Europe and had taken up residence on sugar plantations on the island of Vieques near Puerto Rico (now the infamous poisoned island the U.S. military bombs to smithereens for testing--despite it being populated with people) and on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, before moving to New York in 1878.

"A couple of historical factoids not generally known: Monsanto was heavily involved during WWII in the creation of the first nuclear bomb for the Manahttan Project via its facilities in Dayton Ohio and called the Dayton Project headed by Charlie Thomas, Director of Monsanto's Central Research Department (and later Monsanto President) [1] ( http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev25-34/chapter2.shtml) [2] ( http://books.nap.edu/books/0309050375/html/338.html) and it operated a nuclear facility for the federal government in Miamisburg, also in Ohio, called the Mound Project until the 80s. Also "In 1967, Monsanto entered into a joint venture with IG Farben" "It is the German chemical firm that was the financial core of the Hitler regime, and was the main supplier of Zyklon-B to the German government..." [3] ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IG_Farben)[4] ( http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev25-34/chapter2.shtml) [2] ( http://books.nap.edu/books/0309050375/html/338.html) and it operated a nuclear facility for the federal government in Miamisburg, also in Ohio, called the Mound Project until the 80s. Also "In 1967, Monsanto entered into a joint venture with IG Farben" "It is the German chemical firm that was the financial core of the Hitler regime, and was the main supplier of Zyklon-B to the German government..." [3] ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IG_Farben)[4] ( link to www.zmag.org). [Thanks to Disinfopedia for the grouped links.]

....

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 http://biostate.blogspot.com/2006/01/genetic-engineers-or-genetic.html

Looks like a showdown building, since a U.N. meeting in 2006 kept up the complete ban on terminator technologies.

Terminator Seed Rejected In UN Meeting In Brazil!

From Multiple Sources
3-25-2006

Just an hour ago here in Brazil, the Chair of the UN meeting announced that governments have agreed to reject language that would have undermined the moratorium on Terminator.

Groups, communities and individuals across the world have joined together in this fight to ban Terminator and your action has been effective in this important first step.

The Ban Terminator Campaign will continued to monitor the meetings today and next week.

Terminator rejection - a victory for the people

A broad coalition of peasant farmers, indigenous peoples and civil society today celebrate the firm rejection of efforts to undermine the global moratorium on Terminator technologies - genetically engineered sterile seeds - ***at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)*** in Curitiba, Brazil.

"This is a momentous day for the 1.4 billion poor people world wide, who depend on farmer saved seeds," said Francisca Rodriguez of Via Campesina a world wide movement of peasant farmers, "Terminator seeds are a weapon of mass destruction and an assault on our food sovereignty. Terminator directly threatens our life, our culture and our identity as indigenous peoples", said Viviana Figueroa of the Ocumazo indigenous community in Argentina on behalf of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity.

"Todays' decision is a huge step forward for the Brazilian Campaign against GMOs," said Maria Rita Reis from the Brazilian Forum of Social movements and NGOs, "This reaffirms Brazils' existing ban on Terminator. It sends a clear message to the national government and congress that the world supports a ban on Terminator."

"Common sense has prevailed--lifting the Moratorium on the Terminator seeds would have been suicidal literally," said Greenpeace International's Benedikt Haerlin from the Convention meeting. "This is a genuine victory for civil society around the world - it will go a long way to ensuring that biodiversity, food security and the livelihoods of millions of farmers around the world are protected."

Terminators, or GURTS (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies), are a class of genetic engineering technologies which allow companies to introduce seeds whose sterile offspring cannot reproduce, preventing farmers from re-planting seeds from their harvest. The seeds could also be used to introduce specific traits which would only be triggered by the application of proprietary chemicals by the same companies.

At the CBD, Australia, Canada and New Zealand along with the ***US government (not a party to the CBD)*** and a number of biotech companies were leading attempts to open the door to field testing of Terminator seeds by insisting on 'case by case' assessment of such technologies.

This [Anglo-American corporate] text was unanimously rejected today in the CBD's working group dealing with the issue.

It still needs to be formally adopted by the plenary of the CBD.

Despite today's victory, there is no doubt that the multinational biotech industry will continue to push sterile seed technology.

'Terminator' will rear its ugly head at the next UN CBD meeting in 2008.

The only solution a total ban on the technology once and for all," concluded Pat Mooney of the Ban Terminator Campaign. Now all national governments must enact national bans on Terminator as Brazil and India have done.

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 http://www.rense.com/general70/term.htm

With Monsanto owning Posilac patents as well (bovine growth hormone in much U.S. milk; tied into lots of cow and human health difficulties--though hey, it makes the cows give more milk, they just die faster that's all), it's hard to find a better poster child for a psychopathic corporation than Monsanto.

AND WHY DO WE FAIL TO HEAR MORE ABOUT MONSANTO'S HUGE GLOBAL MONOPOLIES AND RISK CAUSING BEHAVIORS? BECAUSE OF THINGS LIKE THIS:

THE CORPORATION [17/23] Unsettling Accounts
11 min - Feb 11, 2007

17. Journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson were fired by the Fox News television station they work for after refusing to change their investigative report on Posilac, a Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) made by Monsanto. Their research documents potential health and safety problems of drinking milk treated with the synthetic hormone, but threatened with legal action from Monsanto, Fox wants the negative effects played down. The court eventually throws out Akre's whistle blower lawsuit after deciding that the media is allowed to lie.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZkDikRLQrw