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Ban Terminator!

October 14th, 2005

For thousands and thousands of years, ever since agriculture began, farmers have been saving seeds to replant the following year. It’s a practice that is fundamental to the entire global system of food production, and for small scale and subsitance farmers, and Indigenous Peoples, in many cases their very survival depends on the ability to save viable seed from one year to the next.

So nobody would want to stop farmers saving seed, right? “Of course not,” I would have said, if you had asked me that question a few months ago, “no person, company or government in their right mind would seriously start messing with the very life processes that ensure our survival, would they?”

Yes, they would. And they are. It’s called Terminator Technology, and it’s scary stuff. Not only are corporations and governments trying to stop farmers saving seeds, they’re doing so by genetically modifying the plants so that they produce seeds that are sterile. That’s right, sterile seeds — by some twisted logic motivated by profit that flies in the face of thousand of years of common sense and traditional practices.

The good news is that we can stop it. There is a really important United Nations meeting coming up next March that has the power to Ban Terminator if we put enough pressure on governments now and in the run up to the meeting. Please take the time to visit the Ban Terminator Campaign website — I’ve been working on the technical side of it solidly all this week, and there is a good resource of information growing there already that explains what Terminator Technology is, and most importantly how YOU can help get Terminator banned. This one is winnable, but we need your support. Spread the word.

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