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Date: Wed, 04 Nov 1998 09:12:41 -0500
From: John Hammell <>

>To: Ray
>From: John Hammell <>
>Subject: Re: Contact request
>At 01:56 AM 11/4/98 -0800, you wrote: >
> > > >
>Dear Mr. Hammell,
>  I have recently heard of the terminator >gene for food crops that Monsanto is working on.  This is one of the most >insane and frightening endeavors I have ever heard of.  I am considering >getting a petition or letter of protest signed by the folks at work.  If I >did, who should I address it to?  I can send a copy to my State >Representative but most of the folks at work are not his constituents.  I >would be grateful if you could give me some suggestions.  Thank  >You.
>  Sincerely,   Ray
IAHF List: Please take a minute to go to the RAFI website at
where you'll find the letter below. From their website you can zap the USDA directly, to urge them to abandon their world wide patent applications on this immoral and dangerous technology which threatens to render all farm saved seed sterile. The Luciferic Prison Warders wish for dominance over the whole world's food supply. Next stop after they patent it is to microchip our butts, and make us stand in line for "food".... (Check out "And the Truth Shall Set You Free" by David Icke, order it from Speaking of "food"... I also urge you to visit Mothers for Natural Law's website at to sign the petition against genetically engineered food. They're trying to collect 1,000,000. sigs by Thanksgiving- Call them at 877-REAL-FOOD for more info.


I am writing to ask that the USDA immediately cease negotiations to
license the Terminator technology to a Monsanto subsidiary (Delta and
Pine Land Co.).  I also urge the USDA to abandon its worldwide patent
applications on this immoral and dangerous technology.

The Terminator technology (US patent #5,723,765) is a genetic  technology
that renders farm-saved seed sterile. This technology has no agronomic
benefit and should never see the commercial light of day.   The
Terminator violates Farmers' Rights and threatens agricultural
biodiversity.  The Terminator isn't about improving agriculture, it is
about sterilizing seeds, wresting control of seeds and plant breeding
from farmers, and fattening Monsanto's profits. According to Delta and
Pine Land, Monsanto stands to make as much as US $1.5 billion per year
using the Terminator to force farmers to return to the commercial
seed market every year.  This is not progress, it is a threat to global
food security and an egregious use of public research money.

As a public agency dedicated to promoting agriculture, USDA should be
taking steps to safeguard the rights of farmers to save seed, not
designing technologies to eliminate those rights.  In light of the
alarming rate of consolidation in the seed industry, I urge USDA to
launch a public inquiry into the impacts of seed industry
consolidation on farmers and food security.

The Terminator is an anti-farmer, anti-biodiversity technology - paid
for by public money - and in large part aimed, according to USDA and
Delta and Pine Land, at farmers in developing countries.  USDA and
Monsanto have indicated in Patent Cooperation Treaty documents that
they intend to pursue patents on the Terminator in at least 87 countries.
National applications are moving forward - or have issued - in Australia,
Brazil, Canada, Japan, South Africa, most European countries, and
probably more jurisdictions.

Scientists warn that, under certain conditions, the trait for seed
sterility will flow, via pollen, from Terminator crops to surrounding
plants, making the seeds of neighboring plants sterile. Given the
profound risks to food security and the environment, especially in the
biodiversity-rich South,  the Terminator patent embodies the kind of
threat to public morality described in Article 27(2) of the WTO TRIPs

The Terminator technology is a dead-end for farmers and a threat to
food security worldwide.  It is morally unacceptable, and it must be
banned. I respectfully urge you to stop the Terminator technology and
cease negotiations for its commercial development.

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