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terminator technology

different varieties of maize in a multitude of colours
Different varieties of Indian and field maize. © David Cavagnaro/Still Pictures
 

Whilst the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), meeting in March 2006 reaffirmed its de facto moratorium on Terminator technology this issue has not gone away. Biotechnology companies are actively developing Terminator, and once the technology is ready they will apply to field-test it using loopholes in current UK and EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Under current UK and EU legislation, an application to field-test Terminator, would be treated like any other GMO, namely, on a case-by-case basis, using narrow scientific data and not requiring socio-economic assessments.

It is vital that UK and EU legislation on GMOs is amended so that it acknowledges the very specific nature of Terminator technology, and makes socio-economic assessments compulsory for Terminator applications. This would send the right message to developing countries for whom seed-saving is so fundamental. Please take action on this issue.

Contact your MP.

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Contact Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development.

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Contact David Miliband, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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