I will be promoting RAFI - Rural Advancement Foundation International - on my
This is the most qualified organization to lead an international protest against
Monsanto's current act of darkness; the development of what RAFI has brilliantly
named Terminator Seed Technology!
Here it is in a nutshell: (This is from Time Magazine)
- 1. Borrowing a seed-killing toxin from another plant, genetic engineers insert
it into the genome of a crop plant.
- In order to breed enough generations of the crop to produce a supply of seeds,
the scientists also insert blocker DNA that suppresses the production of the toxin.
- 2. Before the seeds are sold they are emersed in a solution that induces the
production of an enzyme that
- removes the blocker.
- 3. After the seeds are planted and the crop matures, the toxin is produced, killing
the new seeds the plants carry.
- Farmers who want the same crop line the next year must thus buy new seed.
Other things I have learned:
- - about 1.4 billion people in the world depend on keeping their own seed over
for next year's crop!
- there is concern that the Terminator genes may be transferred by pollen which may
- mutations that could spread to other plants than the intended crop!
The technology is brilliant but really socially pathological. It perhaps suggests
the biggest of questions: who will eventually control the very seeds of our lives?
Place your own protest at http://www.rafi.ca/