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[SANET-MG] seds of doubt

Eco soundings

John Vidal
Wednesday March 8, 2006
The Guardian

Seeds of doubt

Mayday, Mayday! Calling biodiversity minister Jim Knight! As the political representative for all life, it is up to you to consider the merits of GMO giant Monsanto's "terminator" or "suicide" seeds, which are sterile and cannot be replanted. These could be unleashed around the world if the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) current moratorium is not reinforced at the end of the month at a meeting you will attend in Brazil. Eco Soundings is worried because although you recently told the UK group on terminator technology that you would "strongly support" the existing decision at the CBD meeting, one week later the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published its "position" on the web and called for "assessments" of the technology on a case-by-case basis. Tell us it was a mistake, Mr Knight, and that nature is safe with you.

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