biological diversity meeting amidst farmer’s protests
Following the UN talks on GM crops and food, the eighth Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) started in Curitiba on 20th March 2007.
In parallel, a Civil Society Forum, bringing together 70 representatives from international organizations including many Friends of the Earth activists, was organized to feed into the convention’s discussions on privatization of natural resources and biodiversity. A massive mobilization of farmers on the streets, in combination with effective inside campaigns, led to a concrete result in terms of a continued moratorium on so-called terminator technology (sterile seeds).
Friends of the Earth International and many others raised the call for a moratorium on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment at meeting, and insisted that the CBD launch a thorough global examination of the risks and impacts of genetically engineered trees.
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