posted on Dec, 20 2008 @ 06:24 AM
Just for information:
"GURT is a genetically engineered technique whereby farmers would be forced to turn to their seed supplier each harvest to get new seeds. The seeds
would only produce one harvest. After that the seeds from that harvest would commit ‘suicide’ and be unusable. There has been much hue and cry,
correctly so, that this process, patented ‘suicide’ seeds, officially termed GURTs (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies), is a threat to poor
farmers in developing countries like India or Brazil, who traditionally save their own seeds for the next planting. In fact, GURTs, more popularly
referred to as Terminator seeds for the brutal manner in which they kill off plant reproduction possibilities, is a threat to the food security as
well of North America, Western Europe, Japan and anywhere Monsanto and its elite cartel of GMO agribusiness partners enters a market.”
There are conceptually two types of GURT.
This type of GURT produces sterile seeds meaning that a farmer that had purchased seeds containing v-GURT technology could not save the seed from this
crop for future planting. This would not have an immediate impact on the large number of farmers who use hybrid seeds, as they do not produce their
own planting seeds, & instead buy specialized hybrid seeds from seed production companies. The technology is restricted at the plant variety level -
hence the term v-GURT. Manufacturers of genetically enhanced crops would use this technology to protect their products from unauthorised use.
A second type of GURT modifies a crop in such a way that the genetic enhancement engineered into the crop does not function until the crop plant is
treated with a chemical that is sold by the biotechnology company. Farmers can save seeds for use each year. However, they do not get to use the
enhanced trait in the crop unless they purchase the activator compound. The technology is restricted at the trait level - hence the term t-GURT.
In other words.. buy our stuff or starve. And you know some sick bastard would love this technology to cross pollinate with ALL food crops and then
you can only grow food with that "special" chemical or new seeds controlled by these corporations or governments.