Keep Terminator Seeds Out of the Soil

Farmer weeding maize field in Bihar, India

Target: President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff

Goal: Stop biotech companies from releasing hazardous terminator seeds in Brazil

Brazil is now on the verge of flouting a 13-year-old moratorium on the use of terminator seeds. These genetically modified plants, also called suicide seeds, are detrimental to a farmer’s lifestyle. The seeds cannot reproduce naturally, dying after only one growing season, and they subsequently force laborers to buy new products every year if they hope to maintain their supply of crops as well as their jobs. Urge the Brazilian government to uphold the ban on Terminator technology.

Companies that currently have patents for the seeds include food-tainting miscreant Monsanto, as well as DuPont and Syngenta, all of which control more than half of the global commercial seed sales and desperately hope that Brazil will pass a law to permit terminator seeds. Working alongside big bad businesses are the Terminator technology developers, like USDA molecular biologist Melvin J. Oliver, who brazenly claims that the intent for their product was to “make us competitive in the face of foreign competition.”

As a result of competition and big-business monopolies on needed resources, like seeds,  thousands of indigenous farmers have already committed suicide.

For as long as humans have tilled the land, farmers have exchanged and replanted their seeds in order to secure livelihood, preserve biodiversity, and avoid agrarian distress. With terminator technology, this would be impossible.

In the past, the door to field testing of terminator seeds has been closed numerous times, but, as predicted by many, these multinational biotech industries continually push to get their way. Some activists have concluded that the technology must be completely banned in order to solve the problem of the seeds being introduced in the near future. At present, Brazil may now be the first country in the world to overturn the moratorium banning terminator seeds. With great opposition, such an outcome may still be preventable.

Urge the Brazilian government to reject the efforts of biotech organizations to undermine a global moratorium on Terminator technologies. Keep Terminator seeds out of the soil.


Dear President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff,

Big agribusinesses are pushing to make Brazil the first country in the world to thwart a 13-year-old moratorium on the use of terminator seeds. This outrageous proposition would result in devastation for farmers who depend on the reproduction and exchange of seeds in order to thrive. Terminator seeds are incapable of reproducing, and therefore farmers will be forced to buy new products every year.

This technology thwarts a widely upheld ban, threatens biodiversity, interferes with natural methods of agricultural growth and production, and it will impoverish families who depend on farming for a living, harming local populations on a massive scale. This must not happen. I urge you to reject the efforts to overturn the moratorium on Terminator technology.


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Photo credit: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center via Flickr

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