International Convention in Brazil Keeps Ban on Terminator Seeds

    In the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, the initial phase of official negotiations on terminator or suicide seeds at the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Biological Diversity Convention (COP-8) was quick, although the topic is provoking controversy in parallel events.

    Work Group I, which was assigned to judge this question, decided Friday, March 24, in favor of maintaining the commercial and research ban on plants containing genetic use restriction technologies, denominated GURTs.

    The work group’s decision will now be submitted to the meeting of ministers of the Environment, scheduled to begin on Monday, March 27, for endorsement, prior to being voted at the plenary meeting next Friday, March 31.

    According to the Brazilian diplomat, Adriana Tescari, the plenary sessions generally serve simply to rubber-stamp the decisions of the work groups.

    But in this case, since there was a great deal of controversy in the parallel debates, and since many delegates were not present at the work group meeting when the decision was made, there is a risk that the debate will be rekindled. At the COP, decisions are made only by consensus.

    The GURTs, or terminator seeds, come in two varieties: those that are sterile, generating plants whose seeds do not germinate, and those that possess a specific characteristic that is only activated in the presence of a specific product.

    3,600 representatives from 173 countries are attending the conference.

    Agência Brasil


    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


    You May Also Like

    Brazilian train in São Paulo state interior

    New Official Calculations Make Brazil World’s Tenth Largest Economy

    Brazil ranks as the world's tenth economy, ahead of South Korea, Holland and Australia, ...

    He invented the Brazilian novela

    CDs or Books by Keyword, Title or Author By Francesco Neves "God is a ...

    Brazilian Diplomat to Thailand and Son Victims of Tsunami

    The Brazilian Ambassador to Thailand, Marco Antônio Brandão Diniz, confirmed the death of the ...

    Fernando Haddad, Brazil's Education Minister

    Brazilian University Will Fill Half of Its Vacancies with African Students

    Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, forwarded to the National Congress a bill ...

    Petrobras's headquarters in Rio, Brazil

    Crisis Won’t Prevent Brazil’s Petrobras to Invest More in 2009

    José Sérgio Gabrielli, the president of state-controlled oil multinational Petrobras, said this Monday, December ...

    Rio Oil & Gas Conference

    Oil Industries Big Boys Meet in Brazil for the Rio Oil & Gas Conference

    The Brazilian company Hydroclean, from the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, headquartered in the ...

    Brazil’s Embraer Shows Off Its Latest Military Plane in Asia

    Brazilian Embraer  will show the Super Tucano military trainer aircraft for the first time  ...

    Haiti Minister Learns Agricultural Practices in Brazil

    During his official visit to Brazil, the Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, Philippe Mathieu, ...

    The Economy of Chaos

    For long considered a patrimony of Brazilian music, Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, better known ...

    Brazil to Teach World How to Fight Corruption

    The United Nations will make use of Brazil’s experience in fighting municipal corruption as ...