BT IN THE HOT SEAT

The biopesticide Bt has become the latest starlet for the agrochemical and biotech industries. But fame is not likely to lead to fortune: more likely' it will result in the loss of an important pest control tool.

The biopesticide Bt has become the latest starlet for the agrochemical and biotech industries. But fame is not likely to lead to fortune: more likely' it will result in the loss of an important pest control tool.

FIELDS OF DREAMS: GENE TECH GOES SOUTH

The agrobusiness giants are dreaming of transforming huge tracts of South America into a Southern equivalent of the US Great Plains. Dreams are fast turning into reality as export revenues seduce governments into the game.

The agrobusiness giants are dreaming of transforming huge tracts of South America into a Southern equivalent of the US Great Plains. Dreams are fast turning into reality as export revenues seduce governments into the game.

TUG OF WAR OVER LIFE PATENTS

Recent international negotiations suggest that some governments are behaving more like industry's handmaidens rather than champions of their people. But people all over the world are making it known that they will not sit back and allow corporate greed to appropriate their livelihoods.

Recent international negotiations suggest that some governments are behaving more like industry's handmaidens rather than champions of their people. But people all over the world are making it known that they will not sit back and allow corporate greed to appropriate their livelihoods.

GENETECH PREYS ON THE PADDY FIELD

Rice, the showcase of farmer innovation, has so far largely escaped the interests of the corporate sector. But new technologies mean that the world's most important staple could become industrys newest cash cow.

Rice, the showcase of farmer innovation, has so far largely escaped the interests of the corporate sector. But new technologies mean that the world's most important staple could become industrys newest cash cow.

NURTURING THE SEED IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES

Although invisible in Western development paradigms, alternative cosmovisions are the frameworks within which the richness of agricultural biodiversity has largely been created.

Although invisible in Western development paradigms, alternative cosmovisions are the frameworks within which the richness of agricultural biodiversity has largely been created.